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Subject: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,buzzmebergr@gmail.com
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 08:13 PM

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]

Hi I am trying to create a list of songs about chickens for an imaginary CD compilation: if you know any songs about chickens please help add to the list, I admit there are a few by Louis Jordan, but that the reason the quest started.

Charlie Parker: YARDBIRD SUITE
Louis Jordan: AIN'T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS, THAT CHICK'S TOO YOUNG TO FRY, A CHICKEN AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A BIRD, COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO.
Dr Alimantado: THE BEST DRESSED CHICKEN IN TOWN
Jaco Pastorius (although he didn't write it): SOUL INTRO/THE CHICKEN
Amon Tobin: LIKE REGULAR CHICKENS
Rufus Thomas: FRIED CHICKEN
THE CHICKEN DANCE (horrible song played at weddings)
Jimmy Smith: BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK.


Well all is good,
Stay cool,
BergR


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 08:56 PM

there was the spitting image song - wave a chicken in the air, which was number one in England

LITTLE RED ROOSTER

there was a roy rogers song [MY CHICKASHAY GAL] that went, got a slick chick a-waiting in a chikasay home, from a chickasay girl I'll never more roam

there was the wartime classic - HEY LITTLE HEN, tell me when when when, will you lay me an egg for my tea

and as the chinese ventriloquist said, fancy a click cluck?


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:13 PM

CHICKEN IS NICE -- sung by Dave Van Ronk

C-H-I-C-K-E-N Blues -- sung by Mississippi John Hurt? (I heard Geoff Muldaur sing it)

LITTLE RED ROOSTER -- sung by Big Mama Willie Mae Thornton and also Mick Jagger

Something about chickens who weren't laying eggs. Last lines are:
"They're laying eggs now
just like they used too
Since that rooster
came in our yard."

I Had a Little Rooster by the Barnyard Gate
And that little rooster was my playmate...


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Joybell
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:31 PM

"The Chicken Reel" can have words if you do chicken noises to it.
Also "Water Bound" starts with "Chickens crowin' in the old cornfield..." Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Ferrara
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:46 PM

(All the Little ) Chickens in the Garden, see DT for more info

"Turkey in the Straw" has chicken verses. My mother sang:

"Oh, we had a little chicken and she had a wooden leg,
'Twas the best little hen that ever laid an egg,
It was the finest little hen we ever had around the farm,
And another little drink wouldn't do me any harm."

Bill's family sang this verse to Turkey in the Straw:

"Oh, we had a little chicken and it had a wooden leg,
So we poured hot water up and down its leg,
Oh the little chicken hollered and the little chicken begged,
And the little chicken laid a hard boiled egg."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Ferrara
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:51 PM

We had some chickens, no eggs would they lay,
We had some chickens, no eggs would they lay;
One day a rooster came into our yard,
He caught those chickens right off their guard.
They're laying eggs now, just like they used ter,
Ever since that rooster came into our yard
(repeat)

We had a cow, no milk would she give (repeat)
One day that rooster came into our yard,
He caught that cow right off her guard.
She's giving egg nog, like she never used ter,
Ever since that rooster came into our yard
(repeat)

We had a dog, no pups would she give (repeat)
One day that rooster, etc
She's laying pooched eggs, like she never used ter,
Ever since that rooster came into our yard
(repeat)

Have forgotten the rest, maybe Bill will add some verses. Or Dick Greenhaus, he's bound to know more....

Rita


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: KT
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:55 PM

Ghost Chickens in the Sky


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: The Walrus
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:56 PM

CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN (LAY A LITTLE EGG FOR ME)

If you want to stretch a point, you could include "The Birdie Song" (species not given).

W


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 10:04 PM

Ferrara, that's The Rooster, which is in the Digital Tradition. In another thread, somebody posted this verse:

    We had a rooster, no love would he give.
    We had a rooster, no love would he give.
    One day another rooster came into our yard
    and caught that rooster right off of his guard.

    He's laying hens now, just like he used to . . .

-Joe Offer-

Some of these are listed above, but here's what I see listed in the Digital Tradition:
CHICKEN
CHICKEN ON A RAFT
THE CHICKENS ARE INTO THE TOMATOES
CHICKENS IN THE GARDEN
FISHIN' FOR CHICKENS
GHOST CHICKENS IN THE SKY
THE LITTLE RED ROOSTER
THE ROOSTER
THE BANTAM COCK


There are other "cock" songs, but maybe we shouldn't get into them...


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Janie
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 10:43 PM

In the DT also "WHO BROKE THE LOCK ON THE HENHOUSE DOOR

Riley Puckett's version is probably the best known.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 10:53 PM

"CHICKEN CORDON BLEUS" -Steve Goodman

"Thus Cacked Henrietta" Ray Stevens ["Also Sprach Zarathustra" done with chicken sounds]


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 11:01 PM

GALLO DEL CIELO (Tom Russell)


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 11:07 PM

CLUCK OLD HEN - Tom Ashley, Frank Profitt, Wayfaring Strangers & others


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: starfishian
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 11:47 PM

Willie and the Poor Boys (a Jimmy Page/Bill Wyman project) - "Chicken Shack Boogie". I can find it if you need it.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Bard Judith
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 12:12 AM

"And we'll kill the old red rooster when she comes,
And we'll kill the old red rooster when she comes,
And we'll kill the old red rooster, we'll kill the old red rooster,
We'll kill the old red rooster when she comes...."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Goose Gander
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 12:13 AM

"Chicken in a Graveyard" by the Thingz

Fine-feathered friend in a long black veil,
Fowl intentions leave me pale.

Chicken in a graveyard got his eyes on you.

Beady little eyes as cold as death,
Finger-lickin' claws choke away your breath.

Chicken in a graveyard got his eyes on you.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Fullerton
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 01:21 PM

Chicken Reel - Les Paul

(Take Your Elbow Out Of The Soup) You're Sitting On The Chicken - By Ian Dury

Evidently Chickentown - John Cooper-Clarke. (OK so it's a poem but it's got musical accompaniment and its funny)

Dirty Rooster. - Slim Gaillard. A very strange record indeed. It consists of two vocalists, almost certainly intoxicated, doing chicken noises over a groovy jazz rhythm section.

BUT

Listen more carefully and they are clear singing.....

"F**k off, F**k off, F**k off, F**k off, F**k off, F**k off" etc ad lib ad inf.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: ranger1
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 01:30 PM

There's also "Dixie Chicken", a song that I only remember because I hate it so much. Covered by Little Feat and Garth Brooks.


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Subject: RE: Hens Forth,Songs about chickens
From: Severn
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 01:43 PM

The original hit version of "Chicken Shack Boogie" was by Amos Milburn.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Laurent
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 02:12 PM

Let's try a French one, sung by French singer Jacques Dutronc. I don't know whether he wrote it but it really sound like a traditionnal lively marching song. It's really up to date.

Ma poule n'a plus qu'vingt-neuf poulets (twice)
Elle en avait trente, la poule a (nomally, an accent is needed) ma tante.
Allongeons la jambe, la jambe car la route est longue.

Ma poule n'a plus qu'vingt-huit poulets...

And so on until only one remains.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens to recoop your losses
From: Severn
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 02:13 PM

Companion verses to add to Bill D. verse to "Turkey In The Straw" that ferrara gave:


Well, I had a little chicken and it wouldn't lay an egg
So I poured hot chocolate up and down its leg
And the pour chicken cried and the poor chicken begged
And the poor little chicken laid an Easter Egg

Well I had a little chicken and it wouldn't lay an egg
So I poured some soy sauce up and down its leg
And the poor chicken cried and the poor chicken begged
And the poor little chicken laid an Egg Foo Young.

(collected in the field from three young American ladies my friends and I tried to pick up in Mexico City years ago, but that's another story....)

"Crow Black Chicken"-Originally recorded by The Leake County Revellers on a 78, it was later covered by The New Lost City Ramblers on the Folkways LP "Volume 4", and in a slide guitar based version by Ry Cooder on "Boomer's Story" on Reprise.

"Lock On The Chicken Coop Door" came from The shelor Family and was recorded on an LP by Half Shaved on "Downhome Homemade Old Time Music" on Flying Crow Records.

"Run Chicken Run"-an old Link Wray instrumental hit

Dave Swarbrick recorded the fiddle tune "The Hens March Through The Midden" a number of times.

NRBQ recorded an instrumental called "Trouble at the Henhouse"


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Susan of DT
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 02:36 PM

Search the DT for chicken, hen, cock, and rooster. You will get some extraneous hits, but there are plenty. One of the song circles we go to has chicken as the topic of the next sing, so I ran the searches for chicken and cock - you get many pages.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROBERT'S ROOSTER + HERBERT (J Rasmussen)
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 02:39 PM

ROBERT'S ROOSTER
By Jerry Rasmussen

CHORUS: Robert's Rooster is Red and his dog Jack is black
And they never talk back to their Mother
And when it would rain, they would never complain
They would sit ans they'd play by the hour

1. Sometimes they would sail on teh stormy sea
And the wind it would roar and howl
Jack would cover his eyes, and the rooster would hide
While Robert stood watch on the bow

2. Sometimes they would play at the big parade
And they'd march all around the room
Robert carried the fowl and the dog he would howl
And the rooster would carry the tune

3. And when they got tired of playing
The dog would curl up on the floor
And Robert would lie with his rooster beside
And Jack would look happy and snore


HERBERT
by Jerry Rasmussen

1. He came a riding in to town in a great big Cadillac
With the windows all rolled down, tied in a gunny sack
But the sack was for potatoes, and hot for Herbert's kind
And with his spurs as sharp as razors, he cut the ties that bind

CHORUS: And Herbert was a terror of the local countryside
Sometimes he'd flag the neighbor's cat, and he'd take him for a ride
And there never was a man or beast who could make him miss a step
And you can bet your bottom dollar, he hasn't met one yet

2. When Herbert strolled the neighborhood, the squirrels stayed in their nests
The dogs would look the other way, and the cats would genuflect
And the pigeons in my Dad's garage got up to bar the door
For those who messed with Herbvert, were never seen no more

3. We took him to my Uncle's farm, when I had to move away
The roosters met him at the gate, just to have a little play
But when he rode them 'round the Farm, their enthusiasm waned
And I swear he'd jump them through a hoop he had them so well trained


Robert's Rooster was written many years ago for my son, Gideon when he was a little boy. Herbert was a banty rooster. My friend Earl sold him to me with a Harley David Motorcycle for $90. I kept him a year until I went away to college and had to take him to my Uncle's farm. He did indeed ride on the back of the neighbor's cat when the cat was foolish enough to enter our yard.

And then, if we're talking about chicken songs, there's always Coward Of The County.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Roosters & Roasters For The Roster
From: Severn
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 03:33 PM

"The Chicken and the Hawk" on "Joe Turner's Greatest Hits" on Atlantic
and by The Nighthawks on "Trouble" on Powerhouse.

Rooster Blues - Lightnin' Slim on "Sound of the Swamp: The Best of Excello Records" on Rhino as well as other places.

Old Hen Cackle-Coleman & Harper on "Down In The Basement-Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s, 1926-1937" on Old Hat

"Chicken You Can Roost Behind The Moon"-Beale Street Sheiks on the Biograph LP "Mississippi & Beale Street Sheiks 1927-1932"

Didn't Rufus Thomas also do "The Funky Chicken"?

....And one final question...

That "Chicken In The Graveyard" Michael Morris cited a few posts back WAS a "Poultry-Geist", wasn't it?


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 03:39 PM

There's also a wonderful poem about a chicken who is swept off the deck of a full-rigged ship in the Sundra Strait and is happily rescued. It's called "Hen Overboard."

Nautical singer Bob Webb recorded an entire CD of chicken related songs just recently but failed to include the one above.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Goose Gander
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 04:21 PM

Yes, indeed, a poultry-geist. I received a whole chicken in a can for my birthday last month (from my brother, who gives me nothing but gag gifts). So now a song screams to be written....

"Chicken in a Can-Can"


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: KT
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 04:33 PM

Walks like a chicken, talks like a chicken, but it ain't no armadillo!!!


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 04:47 PM

Paul Stamler at KDHX in St. Louis has compiled a CD of chicken songs.
Our own Seamus Kennedy has a GREAT song called "Fishin' For Chickens"


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 05:03 PM

Is there a song that went along with the dance, the Funky Chicken?


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 09:29 PM

eric taylor - chicken Pie
Ry Cooder- ever since the big crap game, I been living on chicken and wine
I'm a leader of society, since I got mine


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 09:59 PM

The klezmer band, Kapelye, did a song about Chicken on one of their
albums, sorry I don't remember any details.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN SONG (Jay Ungar)
From: GUEST,Henryp
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 08:09 AM

Two, different, songs from Jeff Warner and Jeff Davis

"C-H-I-C-K-E-N," Jeff Warner & Jeff Davis on TWO LITTLE BOYS WD 102(self-released)

CHICKEN SONG Jay Ungar (c) 1986 Swinging Door Music BMI sung by Jeff Warner & Jeff Davis on Old Time Songs For Kids, WD 101

In these inflationary times some folks got lots of bread,
But we're still paying through the nose just to keep our family fed.
We tried to change our diet and get something cheaper to eat,
We're eatin' lots more chicken now, and a whole lot less red meat.

CHORUS:
Chicken, chicken, put 'em in a pot,
Cook 'em up most any way,
Tell you what you got: [What?]
Chicken in a pot.

When you go to a butcher just to get yourself that bird,
Make sure you got the whole thing, 'cause you can use it all, I've heard.
You can cook the eggs, and gnaw the bones, and eat up all of that meat,
Stuff a pillow with the feathers, and make a soup out of the feet.

Well, eatin' all these chickens, I'm sure that it's a sin.
It seems their lives have just begun before we do them in.
I been doin' a little calculatin' and I'll tell you right now,
It takes 543 chickens just to make up one old cow.

Well, I've had 'em fried, broiled, braised, curried, baked, and creamed,
Cordon bleu'd, and barbecued. I can see them in my dreams:
Croquette, cutlet, almondine, paprikash, and fricassee.
It's time to switch to tofu and set your chicken free.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Splott Man
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 08:46 AM

All Birds Look Like Chickens To Me
by Irving Jones published 1899.
Still popular with jazz bands around south Wales


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: moongoddess
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 09:28 AM

Bob Webb has a CD out called "Cluck Old Hen" - Celebrating 150 years of the Rhode Island Red. Some of the songs were already mentioned, but here is the whole list:

Cacklin' Hen
Who Broke the Lock
I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows
Waterbound
Cluck Old Hen
Banty Rooster
Banty Rooster Blues
Ragtime Joe (C-H-I-C-K-E-N)
Mornin' Blues
Soldier's Joy
Pullet Surprise(Chicken Reel)
Pretty Crowing Chicken
Mister Chicken
Crow Black Chicken
Free Little Bird


A great CD! My favorite is Ragtime Joe.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Wayne Mitchell
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 01:08 PM

Run, Run, Chicken Run, sung by The Serendipity Singers on their We Belong Together album (1966?), attributed to Galbraith/Teifer/Marens, (possibly related to the Link Wray instrumental which Severn mentioned?)

An Peata Circe (The Pet Hen)

For just a mention of chickens:
Sourwood Mountain
It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
Egg-suckin' Dog


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,bbc at work
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 11:21 AM

My very favorite is Fishin' for Chickens, already mentioned as being in the DT. It was brought to my attention by our own Dharmabum, sung by him at a past Old Songs Festival. Great memory, that!

best,

bbc


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 08:09 AM

not a song, but a great fiddle tune

Jenny's Chickens

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display.php/756


Very often played before Bonnie Kate, the pairing being popularised by Michael Coleman


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Robin Madge
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 08:26 AM

I did write a tune called "Pullet and see" to go with "The hens march to the midden" when I was performing with Hen's Teeth.

Robin Madge


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Snuffy
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 08:53 AM

PICKIN' A CHICKEN (Paddy Roberts / Derek Bernfield / Garfield De Mortimer). Recorded by Eve Boswell 1955, and Jim Reeves - 1956.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Steve-o
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 12:28 PM

There's a great blues song done by Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan called "Chicken-a-la-Blues".


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: curmudgeon
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 04:15 PM

The aforementioned Bob Webb chicken CD is available   here.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Artful Codger
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 05:01 PM

Might have been mentioned before: "Chicken on a Raft", recorded on the eponymous album of sea shanties by The Young Tradition.

The Watersons' "I Went to Market". Not just about chickens, but the hen and cock figure predominantly.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: open mike
Date: 03 Nov 05 - 01:10 AM

there is a great kids song called chickens for peace
it is by..Peter Alsop...see: www.peteralsop.com


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Celtaddict
Date: 03 Nov 05 - 01:31 AM

The talking chicken round has been mentioned on another thread.
Sandra Boynton (yes, the one who makes the hippo greeting cards) wrote a musical, never produced but available in a truly funny book-and-CD set, called "The Philadelphia Chickens."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 03 Nov 05 - 11:59 PM

yes indeed The watersons - all the little chickens in your garden , or something like that from the pence and Spicey Ale album - Mike Waterson - or maybe my memoriy is leaking


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN (LAY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Nov 05 - 08:31 AM

Transcribed from the sound file at http://www.aardvarkmastering.com/edison.htm :

CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN (LAY A LITTLE EGG FOR ME)
Fred Holt, Thos. McGhee & Irving King
[As recorded by Earl Oliver's Jazz Babies on Edison Diamond Disk #51745-R.]

1. Now good old farmer Haystack (?) is the cleverest of men.
He cuts a rasher off a pig and then shouts to a hen:

CHORUS: Oh, chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me.
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, I want one for my tea.
Oh, I haven't had an egg since Easter, and now it's half past three,
So, chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me.

2. Now, Rip Van Winkle woke up after twenty years or more.
He found a bird's nest in his beard and shouted out, "Oh, Lor'!"


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: sharyn
Date: 10 Nov 05 - 03:00 PM

Carol Denney has a song called "Roll Chickens Roll."

The chorus is

"Roll, chickens, roll.
Fry, chickens, fry.
I hang around the deli
And it helps the time go by.
Roll, chickens, roll
Fry, chickens, fry
Nothing's been the same here
Since the day you said goodbye."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,buzzmebergr@gmail.com
Date: 10 Nov 05 - 04:41 PM

So many songs about chickens, i truly am amazed,
thanks to all the peoples for their help, and i am working through the list slowly.
stay Cool, BergR


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Subject: Lyr Add: BETSY BRENNAN'S BLUE HEN
From: GEST
Date: 10 Nov 05 - 09:39 PM

BETSY BRENNAN'S BLUE HEN
See also: Blue Hen

From the widow McKenny I bought for a penny,
To lay a few eggs when the berries are ripe;
But some dirty crawler from the hen house did haul her,
My beautiful little blue hen did swipe.

May his whiskers turn green when he eats a crubeen,
And may pork fat and beans nearly make him insane;
May two dogs and a crackie eat all his tobaccy.
The villain who stole my little blue hen.

Oh, this hen she had dozens of nephews and cousins,
The world 'round I would roam for her sake;
But some wicked savage, to grease his white cabbage,
Walked off with my hen and my beautiful drake.

May her stockings fall down when she goes out of town,
May the hair on her crown she can't bob it, and then;
May the girls from the Nor'ard stick pins in her forehead,
The villain who lifted my little blue hen.

I bought from Port Saunders that hen and two ganders,
But some dirty clown from my hen house did steal;
My beautiful chicken I would have for pickin',
On Christmas Day for to have a fine meal.

May the ravenous baste burst her blouse at the waist,
May she not get a taste of a dumplin' or cake;
May a man from Freshwater go back on her daughter,
That lifted my hen and my beautiful drake.

I would search the seas over from Boston to Dover,
To find out the rover and wouldn't stop then;
I would walk to Trepassey to collar the lassie,
Who pilfered my dear little beautiful hen.

May the measles and gout when he chance to go out,
On his double chin mouth, shove him down in the pen;
By the curse of Belleoram may he never stop roarin',
The villain who lifted my little blue hen.

May his pipe never smoke, may his tea pot be broke,
And to add to the joke, may his kettle not boil;
May he burst on cauld tay when he drinks any day,
And his ton of fox whiskers may soon go to soil.

May his clothes be in rags and his trousers bread bags,
May he stagger from jags if he goes 'round the lake;
And may he have bunions as big as small onions,
The scoundrel who lifted my beautiful drake.

####.... Johnny Burke (1851-1930) as published by Gerald S Doyle Ltd. in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland (1927); 4th edition, p.76 (1966); 5th edition, p.58 (1978) ....####

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Crubeen - Pickled pig's foot;
Crackie - Small, noisy mongrel dog.

Archived at GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ROOSTER FROM KITCHUSIS
From: GEST
Date: 10 Nov 05 - 09:50 PM

THE ROOSTER FROM KITCHUSIS

Come all ye good people I'll sing you a song,
Of men that were known the world over,
And made themselves famous in ballad and tale,
With their love for a roll in the clover.
You may think Casanova and Romeo, too,
Are the best that our history produces,
But the world's greatest lover was no man at all,
But a rooster that came from Kitchusis.

For it's cock-a-lie-doodle and cock-a-lie-diddle,
And cock-a-lie-doodle and then,
When everyone else is knocked out on the floor,
Sure, I'll cock-a-lie-doodle again.

His owner would swear that he stood five feet tall,
With a comb like a red flannel blanket,
And a tail so grand that the peacocks of old,
Would be hard put to outrank it.
While his beady great eyes searched the earth and the skies,
For some creature to put to his uses,
Some virginal thing he would have for a fling,
When the dark of the night struck Kitchusis.

For it's cock-a-lie-doodle and cock-a-lie-diddle,
And cock-a-lie-doodle and then,
When everyone else is knocked out on the floor,
Sure, I'll cock-a-lie-doodle again.

Now, when he was a baby, a bare six weeks old,
The first hen he tackled, is said,
Was dragged to the henhouse a Leg Horn White,
And came back a Rhode Island Red.
Then a cow had a calf with three legs and a half,
And horns that resembled a moose's,
Instead of a moo it yelled cock-a-lie-do,
Like that dirty old bird from Kitchusis.

For it's cock-a-lie-doodle and cock-a-lie-diddle,
And cock-a-lie-doodle and then,
When everyone else is knocked out on the floor,
Sure, I'll cock-a-lie-doodle again.

Then the farmer's poor wife who went out for the eggs,
To the henhouse in all kinds of weather,
Had twins in the Spring that the neighbours all said,
Were born with a head full of feathers.
The doctor explained it was caused by some pills,
And gave out with other excuses,
But everyone knew it was time to get rid,
Of that dirty old bird from Kitchusis.

For it's cock-a-lie-doodle and cock-a-lie-diddle,
And cock-a-lie-doodle and then,
When everyone else is knocked out on the floor,
Sure, I'll cock-a-lie-doodle again.

Now, Kitchusis it sits in Conception Bay,
Like a pearl in a jewellery store,
And the people still talk of that wonderful bird,
That lived in their town by the shore.
Forgot were the hard times they had in the past,
The hunger, and cold, and abuses,
But they'll always remember that rooster of old,
That dirty great bird from Kitchuses.

For it's cock-a-lie-doodle and cock-a-lie-diddle,
And cock-a-lie-doodle and then,
When everyone else is knocked out on the floor,
Sure, I'll cock-a-lie-doodle again.

For it's cock-a-lie-doodle and cock-a-lie-diddle,
And cock-a-lie-doodle and then,
When everyone else is knocked out on the floor,
Sure, I'll cock-a-lie-doodle again.

Spoken:

Well, I tell you if you don't get that rooster outta here,
I'm gonna have a nervous breakdown,
We're gonna have to lock up grandmother.
Tell you what we could do is take that rooster,
And trade that rooster in on a dog and shoot the dog,
'Cause we just gotta get rid of that dirty old rooster!

####.... Dick Nolan (Welcome Aboard, Boot BTM 2008, Maritime Series, 1984) ....####

Archived at GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 04:41 AM

...and the little ones chewed on the bones oh ...


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 05:55 AM

I seem to remeber an old song that went
Cock a doodle doo
Cock a doodle do
me cocks me own
so leave it alone
Its nothing to do with you

Ken Penny and his gang used to sing it at The Jolly Porter in Exeter way back in the 70's, I bet Tony Rose did.

also when I was a kid there was this novelty song

I'm a bow legged chicken
You're a knock kneed hen
Never been so happy, since I don't know when
Walk a with wiggle and a giggle and a squawk
Doing the Tenessee wig walk!

Somebody out there reassure me I was not the only one to witness these miracles.

all the best

al


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GLoux
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 08:19 AM

Here's an old thread about a chicken song that I'm still trying to decipher. The order of posts is screwed up, so don't get confused...

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 08:02 PM

There's also Malvina Reynolds' "The Little Red Hen"; the complete lyrics are already posted on another thread: thread.cfm?threadid=40846


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN IN BLACK (from Johnny Cash)
From: GUEST,Stormy
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 09:10 PM

Chicken in Black by Johnny Cash


CHICKEN IN BLACK
Recorded by Johnny Cash

Recorded in Key of A w/change to Bb

CAPO: 5th FRET/KEY: A/PLAY: E: E/A/B7

INTRO: E/A/B7/E
[E] For two long years my head hurt bad
So a [A] doctor checked me an he shook his head
He said [B7] I'm sorry to tell you but your body's outlived your brain [E]
He said I know this doctor in New York, son
And he'll [A] fix you right up with a brand new one
So the [B7] head doctor met me when I stepped down off of the train. [E]

[E] He said we had this bank robber killed last night
His [A] body's shot but his brain's alright
I'll [B7] give you a transplant, boy, and you'll be OK [E]
I got my new brain in and I was feelin' great
I went [A] right back to Nashville with no headache
But something [B7] strange happened when I walked in the bank one day. [E]

CHORUS: I said [A] stick 'em up ever'body I'm robbin' this place
Drop [E] all of your money in my guitar case
Don't [A] nobody move and don't nobody reach for that [B7] door
A [E] lady said, why you're Johnny Cash
I said [A] no ma'am, I'm the Manhattan Flash
And I [B7] am the best bank robber in New York. [E]

[E] Now the other night Roy Acuff called me
He said [A] John I'd like for you to do the Opry
So I [B7] went out on the stage, but I couldn't sing [E]
I got into a half a verse of 'I Walk The Line'
And [A] something snapped in this head of mine
I yelled [B7] stick 'em up! Give me your money, your watches and rings. [E]

Change to F: F/Bb/C7

[F] Well, I called New York and talked to that brain quack
And said [Bb] Doc I gotta have my old brain back
He said I'm [C7] sorry there, Mr. Cash, but I can't do that [F]
He said I put your brain in a chicken last Monday
He's [Bb] singing your songs and makin' lots of money
And I got him [C7] signed to a ten-year recording contract.[F]

[F] Now friends if you see me walkin' down the street
Remember [Bb] what you see ain't necessarily me
And if I [C7] try to hold you up, don't pay me no mind [F]
But when you got ten bucks that you can blow
You oughta [Bb] catch that Johnny Chicken show
He's doin' [C7] fairs and concert dates all up and down the line. [F]

I said [Bb] stick 'em up ever'body I'm robbin' this place
Drop [F] all of your money in my guitar case
Don't [Bb] nobody move and don't nobody reach for that door [C7]
A [F] lady said, why you're Johnny Cash
I said [Bb] no ma'am, I'm the Manhattan Flash
And I [C7] am the best bank robber in New York. [F]

TAG: TALK:
Well, I don't pay any income tax...
You don't pay tax on money you steal...
You oughta catch that Johnny Chicken show...
Chicken In Black! hmmmmmmmm!


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Zamboo
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 09:14 PM

And the best chicken song of all ... "Ghost Chickens in the Sky" by Whitt and Judy McKinney (The McKinney Washtub Two). Always a show-stopper. Done to the tune of you-know-what, with that great chorus singalong: "buck-buck-buck-BAWKKK, buck-buck-buck-BAWKKK, ghost chickens in the sky-y-y-y-y."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Dani
Date: 12 Nov 05 - 10:19 AM

De Colores, where you get to make the sounds of the whole chicken family!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 05 - 10:28 AM

Should be a chicken verse in 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Susan B
Date: 12 Nov 05 - 11:57 AM

What about "The Bantam Cock" sung by Jake Thackray? Not certain whether this is one of his originals or a translation from a French song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ME COCK'S ME OWN
From: GEST
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 11:07 AM

Al, the Wee Little Drummer, mentioned the song Me Cock's Me Own, so I thought I'd add it a bit belatedly to this thread. GEST

Me Cock's Me Own

One Saturday afternoon I went out for a walk,
I went into the marketplace to hear the people talk;
A woman was selling birds, she had an awful stock,
I handed her a half a buck,
And she handed me a cock-a-doodle-do.

Is nothing to do with you, me cock's me own;
So leave him alone and cock-a-doodle-do.

I put me cock under me coat and down the road I strolled,
I wouldn't gone too very long me cock began to grow;
A woman was walking by, she got an awful shock,
She said, young man, please button your coat,
'Cause I can see your cock-a-doodle-do.

Is nothing to do with you, me cock's me own;
So leave him alone and cock-a-doodle-do.

I took me cock out for a row and the boat began to rock,
I fell into the water and the fish got hold of me cock-a-doodle-do.

Is nothing to do with you, me cock's me own;
So leave him alone and cock-a-doodle-do.

I took me cock home and then I put him in the pen,
I put him in the pen alongside me sisters little black hen;
Jenny come running out, she got an awful shock,
She said me hen, me little black hen,
Is underneath your cock-a-doodle-do.

Is nothing to do with you, me cock's me own;
So leave him alone and cock-a-doodle-do.

Well, fellers, I got to go, I got to be on me way,
The time that I have buggered around I could have been miles away;
But before I go there's something I'd like to know,
Is there any young lady present who,
Would like to see his cock-a-doodle-do?

Is nothing to do with you, me cock's me own;
So leave him alone and cock-a-doodle-do.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th century British traditional ....####

Recorded by Jenny and Josie Wilkinson of Point Rexton, Trinity Bay, NL (Now And Then, Ambassador Records, 1996). Also recorded by Chuck Simms from Grand Bank, NL (Campfire Songs, Atlantic Seabreeze Records, 2003)

Also recorded by Simon Ritchie and his So-Called Band (Melodeon Mania, X-Tradition TMM1911CD, 1998) who remembers this song being well known in country farrming pubs, but says it may have started life in the London music halls of the 1800s. Simon told GEST he learned it from Hubert 'Sugar' Bailey from Essex, England, who Simon recorded in the mid-1980s when 'Sugar' was in his sixties. Simon added bits from other singers such as the late Ted Chaplin of Suffolk and added a couple verses of his own through the folk process. Simon has heard the song referred to as The Comical Cock, but Me Cock's Me Own is his title for it. Simon and his band still sing it in the pub on a 'good' night (or day).

Archived at GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAST FOOD SONG (Fast Food Rockers)
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 11:34 AM

Artist: Fast Food Rockers
Song: FAST FOOD SONG

Can I take your order please?

Let's eat to the beat

(Chorus)
A Pizza Hut, a Pizza Hut,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.
A Pizza Hut, a Pizza Hut,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.
McDonalds, McDonalds,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.
McDonalds, McDonalds,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.

You like it you love it
You know you really want it
The voices I hear
Whenever you're around

I want it I need it
Nothing else can beat it
Hot and spicy
Whenever I'm in town (mm mm)

Enticing exciting
Aroma so inviting
And when it hits
Me, I wanna take you home

Trust me you must see
Just what you're doing to me
Driving me crazy
Hungry to the bone

I think of you and lick my lips
You've got the taste I can't resist
Can't resist - can't resist
Let's eat to the beat

(Repeat Chorus)

Would you like that to go?

Any sauces?

You're so sweet and you're neat
You knock me off my two feet
You're chunky and hunky
I'm coming back for more (Hot Dog)

Your taste all embraces
I gotta sing your praises
Just savor the flavors
Waiting at your door

I think of you and lick my lips
You've got the taste I can't resist
Can't resist - can't resist
Let's eat to the beat

(Repeat Chorus)

Does anyone fancy a shake?
Shake
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Shake it to the left - Shake it to the right - Let's shake
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

I think of you and lick my lips
You've got the taste I can't resist
Can't resist - can't resist
Let's eat to the beat

(Repeat Chorus)


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 11:40 AM

There is also a pipe march "The Hen's March" (no relation to the "to the midden" one) and a pipe tune "The Cockerel in the Creel". The story behind that one is that when the composer was a boy, his strict Presyterian mother tried to stop their cockerel from making un-Christian noises on the Sabbath by caging it in a lobster creel. The cockerel didn't think much of this and said so, the resulting sounds being the basis of the tune.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 11:49 AM

There was a belter 12-bar from Stackridge, circa 1972, Keep on Cluckin' Can't remember all the words but some of them are:

Way down on old Sam McGurky's spread
Things are happenin' in his brand new shed
He's sold his wife and seven kids
And bought a thousand chickens instead.

chorus
It's a super[something], [something][something]
Super market, super chicken time
Give a booster to your rooster
Have a hundred per cent potential diamond mine
But you'd better keep on cluckin'
Or you'll end up on the factory line!

Six lonely bantems sitting on a wall
Along came a farmer and now there's none at all
One went to Tesco, one went to [Dell?]
The rest are pushing daisies coz they wouldn't sell.

So won't you listen all you L-brained dudes
When you open up your barbecues
Have the low-down at the ho-down
and you ain't got nothin' to lose.

chorus to fade ... plus much clucking

Clucking good song.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: TonyK
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 02:42 PM

Parody of When a Man Loves a Woman, When a Man Loves a Chicken by Bob Rivers. Not suited for polite company, but good though.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 25 Apr 07 - 11:46 AM

How about "How do you like your eggs in the morning?" - Dean Martin


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,lyn
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 01:35 AM

Ozark Mountain Daredevils have a great song "Chicken Train"


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Thompson
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 02:21 AM

Tá an coileach ag fogairt an lae


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: eddie1
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 06:46 AM

Another verse for "The Rooster"

We had elephants, no tusks would they grow
These goddam elephants, no tusks would they grow
My wife said "Honey, we're losing money
These goddam elephants, no tusks will they grow"
Until that rooster came into our yard
And caught them elephants right off their guard.
They're laying eggs now, of solid ivory
Ever since that rooster, came into our yard.

Eddie


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Subject: Lyr Add: HERBERT
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 07:58 AM

I
m surprised I didn't post this before. These are the lyrics to a song I wrote about a Banty Rooster I had as a teenager. He was a throw-in on the deal when I bought my friend Earl's Harley Davidson 125 when he went off to college in Oregon back in 1954. I had to give him to my Uncle when I went away to college the next year. I'll see if I can find the chapter I wrote about him, but these are the lyrics.

HERBERT

He came a' riding in to town in a great big Cadillac
With the windows all rolled down, tied in a gunny sack
But the sack was for potatoes, and not for Herbert's kind
And with his spurs as sharp as razors, he cut the ties that bind

CHORUS:
   
   And Herbert was the terror of the local countryside
   Sometimes he'd flag the neighbor's cat and he'd take him for a ride
   And there never was a man or beast who could make him miss a step
   And you can bet your bottom dollar, he hasn't met one yet

When Herbert strolled the neighborhood, the squirrels stayed in their nests
The dogs all looked the other way, and the cats would genuflect
And the pigeons in my Dad's garage got up and barred the door
For those who messed with Herbert were never seen no more

We took him to my Uncle's farm when I had to move away
The roosters met him at the gate, just to have a little play
But when he rode them 'round the yard, their enthusiasm waned
And I swear he'd jump them through a hoop, he had them so well trained

… My Aunt Gladys told me that when she went out into the yard the first night that Herbert was there, all the roosters were settled down in the yard. Except for Herbert. He claimed the hen house all to himself, and was feeling mighty pleased about it.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 08:00 AM

This is the story:

How Earl Got Herbert

I got Herbert as a throw-in when I bought my friend Earl's Harley Davidson 125 for $90. Herbert was a Banty rooster. How Earl came about getting Herbert is an interesting story. Actually, it's two interesting stories, each of them kinda true.

Back in 1953, when Earl and I graduated from High School, Earl headed out to go to college at the University of Oregon, and because they frowned on Banty roosters in their dormitories, Earl reluctantly gave Herbert to me as a going away present. This is the way I remember Earl telling me how he came to have Herbert in the first place. Over the last fifty-some years, the story has become much more ornate.

According to what I remember, Earl was out in his front yard one Summer's day, when a car drove by and a Banty rooster came flying out of the rear window. The rooster immediately made a bee-line toward Earl's house and the man jumped out of the car and hit the road, running. The rooster, later to be named Herbert, was running, Hell Bent for Leather when he spotted an unsuspecting squirrel running across the yard. Even though Herbert was running for dear life, he couldn't ignore the challenge of the squirrel, and took off after it. As Herbert came skidding around the corner in hot pursuit of the squirrel, he almost ran into Earl and Earl, being quick of mind and sure-handed reached down and caught the rooster. When the man came around the corner puffing like a steam engine and saw Earl, he hit the brakes and asked Earl for his rooster. Now Earl, being a real slick talker, managed to convince the man that what he really wanted to do was give the rooster to Earl. So, Earl kept the rooster and named him Herbert and when he went away to college in the Fall, he gave Herbert to me. As I said, that's the way I remember Earl telling it.

Here is what actually happened, according to Earl in 2006. The rooster did indeed escape from a passing car, but it was someone else who lived across the street who caught it. When he couldn't keep it, he gave it to Earl. Earl has no idea how the rooster came to be called Herbert. There was no hot pursuit of a squirrel, or any slick-talking done by Earl.

As I tell Earl, he remembers what happened. I remember how it should have happened. I like my story a lot better. I even had Herbert riding in a Cadillac when I wrote a song about him. Nothing was too good for Herbert.


   "He came a' riding in to town in a great big Cadillac
    With the windows all rolled down, tied in a gunny sack
    But the sack was for potatoes, and not for Herbert's kind
    And with his spurs as sharp as razors, he cut the ties that bind"

So, how did the squirrel get in the story? When I owned Herbert, he was one of the first "Free-range" chickens in the country. Earl kept him tied to a pole with a stout string around one leg. I let Herbert have the run of the yard, and because it wasn't fenced in, he had the run of the whole neighborhood.

   "When Herbert strolled the neighborhood, the squirrels stayed in their nests
    The dogs all looked the other way, and the cats would genuflect"

Herbert found squirrels to be a personal affront, and he made life Hell for the neighbor's cat and the pigeons I raised in our garage. Early on, the cat made the mistake of stalking Herbert, and when he pounced for the attack, Herbert had mysteriously disappeared. He reappeared just as mysteriously on the cat's back with his spurs dug in as firmly as a rodeo cowboy. Herbert took the cat for a little ride, and it was the last time the cat came within one hundred yards of him.

   "And Herbert was the terror of the local countryside
    Sometimes he'd flag the neighbor's cat and he'd take him for a ride
    And the pigeons in my Dad's garage got up to bar the door
   For those who messed with Herbert, were never seen no more"

So you see, my memory of how Earl got Herbert was about 90% wrong, but it was 100% Herbert. If Earl HAD been the one to catch Herbert, he WOULD have smooth-talked the guy out of his rooster. For something that never happened, I got the story just about right.

The next year, when I went away to college, I took Herbert out to my Uncle Jim's farm. But the song tells the rest of the story.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKENS FOR PEACE (Peter Alsop)
From: open mike
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 01:03 PM

http://www.peteralsop.com/TakeMeWithYou.htm#Chickens
here are the lyrics to the song i mentioned earlier:

CHICKENS FOR PEACE

Chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
And we don't want to fry!
Chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
One little war, and we're chicken-pot-pie!

Chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
And no one respects a chicken who begs!
Chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
One little slip and we're hard boiled eggs!

Chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
But we're not chicken chickens! We're taking a stand!
Chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
And our chicken spirit is sweeping the land!

The doves and the hawks are still fighting.
The swans and the ducks are all wet!
But us chickens have all been uniting!
And what chickens want, chickens get!!

We're chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
And we will win! We're not turkeys! (Or geese!)
We're chickens for peace! We're chickens for peace!
Hold up your beaks and join in!
'Cause those bombs make hot water
That will make chicken soup from the grease
Of us chickens for peace!

Written by Peter Alsop, ©1985, Moose School Music (BMI)


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: muppett
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:18 AM

Deep Fried Chicken to the tune of honky tonk woman (made famous by the Rolling Stones)


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: bobad
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 11:46 AM

The Felice Brothers Run Chicken Run on YouTube.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Roger in Baltimore
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 02:13 PM

Mississippi John Hurt did a Chicken Song, just spelling out the word CHICKEN. I don't remember all of it. It starts out:

"C", that's the way it begins,

"H", the first letter in. etc.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Barnacle Babe
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 03:56 PM

The one that came to my mind was about a Rooster...[MY ROOSTER] by Bradley Kincaid. My mom used to sing it to me.

I love my rooster, my rooster loves me
I play with my rooster neath the green bay tree.
My little rooster goes cockledoodle doo de doodle le doodle doodle do

I love my cat, my cat loves me
I play with my cat neath the green bay tree
My little cat goes meow, meow, meow,
My little rooster goes cockledoodle doo de doodle le doodle doodle do.


I love my dog.... and so on and so on.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Songbob
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 04:04 PM

Corrections:

A Yardbird isn't a chicken. From Wickipedia:

1 : a soldier assigned to a menial task or restricted to a limited area as a disciplinary measure
2 : an untrained or inept enlisted man

Charlie Parker (the sax Charlie, not the banjo one) was nicknamed "Yardbird," though I don't recall why.

And "Chickasay" is "Chickasaw" (an Indian tribe) in local dialect.

That is all.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,RickS
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 12:53 PM

Haven't waded thru the whole thread, but Frank Stokes' 'Chicken You Can Roost Behind The Moon' is one I like.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DELANEY'S CHICKEN
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 04:30 AM

This from the singing of Mikey Kelleher - fisherman and curragh maker originally from Quilty, West Clare, but when recorded in the 1970s, a retired building worker then living in Deptford, South East London.
Jim Carroll

DELANEY'S CHICKEN

Now Delaney, from the market bought a fowl a month ago,
If he find the man that sold it he'll kill him with a blow;
Delaney bought this chicken, being of a tender breed
And of a more deceitful bird you never heard agreed.

So when they sought to pluck it, their efforts was in vain,
Their hands were torn and blistered and their muscles they were strained,
And resting of this chicken, they put him down to stew,
If you want to see Delaney crack, cry cock-a-doodle-doo.

So Delaney bought this chicken for to give us all a spread
And after they arriving home they tried to pull off his head,
They ordered picks and shovels, they got twisted up like tin,
They tried to carve the chicken but they couldn't break the skin.

So this bird must have been crowing since they built the Tower of Abel (Babel)
He was fed by Cain and Abel and he lived in Noah's Stable,
All the shots and shells was fired in the field of Waterloo,
Could not penetrate or dislocate the tilugated, armour-plated, double-breasted, iron-chested cock-a-doodle-doo.

So they borrowed Daley's rammer, by which he rammed the stones,
Thinking that when tapped, would break the tender chicken's bones,
But the first one has rebounded like an India-rubber ball,
And knocked twelve yards of coping out of Muligan's garden wall.

So this bird must have been crowing since.....etc.

Oh the Dundee Extra Gunners came to excavate the thing,
And the sword he carved the Russian with while light three yards of string (???)
Old Tim brought the Davey Miner, through him they showed daylight,
While blowing up himself and the chicken with a pound of dynamite.

So to scrape the walls for chicken, it wasn't easy work,
It wasn't easy to know which was chicken or which was Burke,
But they found a leg of chicken on a friendly blacksmith's head,
And a pair of everlasting heels upon my boots it made.

So this bird it must have been crowing since....etc.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: open mike
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 12:45 PM

has this one in Spanish been mentioned?

Los Pollitos dicen pio pio pio
cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frio

La gallina busca el maiz y el trigo
y hasta un otro dia duermen los pollitos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTApI_rUZ2E&NR=1


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 12:36 PM

Did anyone mention Spike Jones' "I Ain't Gonna Take it Sittin' Down"?

I only remember a couple of verses:

I've heard it said while on the loose
You make the rounds with Sarah Goose
From all reports of how it looked
You tell that goose her goose is cooked

Oh, by the way, while you were out
I met a movie talent scout
He loves my walk, he loves my cluck,
He's starrin' me with Donald Duck.

I ain't gonna take it sittin' down,
I ain't gonna take it sittin' down,
You needn't stand around and plead,
Quit handin' me that chicken feed,
I ain't gonna take it sittin' down!


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 01:49 PM

Gallo de Ciello - or the Mexican Chicken Song as we used to ask of the late great Jim Couza.

Then there is always Sam Cooke's Twisting the night away -

He's dancing with the chicken slacks...

...or is that some sort of mondegreen?

DeG


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILL THERE BE CHICKENS IN PARADISE
From: cetmst
Date: 02 Nov 09 - 07:04 AM

The Mill Run Dulcimer Band on the album "We Shall Meet" record
"Will There Be Chickens In Paradise?" attributed to Emily Luertzing and Neal Walters. "This song, straight from Vineland NJ, the egg basket of America, poses the profound philosophical question that haunts us all. With a special guest appearance from the Sister Cluckers".

Will there be chickens in Paradise,
In that sweet bye and bye,
Any roosters and hens all freed of their sins,
In that great chicken coop in the sky?

Cho:
Will there be chickens in Paradise
Perched on the throne of our Lord,
Hatchin'and layin' and peckin' and prayin',
Crowin' a heavenly chord?

Will I see my old friends in Paradise,
Henrietta and old Chanticleer?
I'd be so lonely in Paradise
If those sweet little pluckers weren't there.

Cho:

Will the Colonel be thrown from his heavenly home?
Only the future will tell,
For the chicken he's et, I'm sure it's a pet.
He'll be deep fat fryin' in Hell.

Cho:

Will there be chickens in Paradise
Roostin' in clouds in God's sky?
They'll be the only angels in Paradise
Too dumb to learn how to fly.

Cho: (accompanied by the Sister Cluckers)


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: PHJim
Date: 02 Nov 09 - 11:41 AM

Here's Hayes Carll's chicken song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luTnYj9d2os

[Lyrics posted here: CHICKENS.]


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Nov 09 - 12:41 PM

Well, you'll have to decide whether this is about chickens or not.

Tex Ritter, "Chicken My Chicken"


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Nov 09 - 05:19 PM

refresh...for those who really need another 'chicken' song...


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,doubleoseddon
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 04:37 AM

Evidently Chicken Town - John Cooper Clark
Chicken Skin Planet - Graham Massey and Dave Prescott


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: CupOfTea
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 06:04 PM

Tim Wallace of the Smoking Fez Monkeys penned a song "Sacred Chickens" that details exactly WHY

There ain't no such things as sacred chickens,
Ain't nobody ever thought there should be
Cause God don't want no sacred chickens
Or else He wouldn't have made them taste
So finger -licking good


Tim has explained lots of the universe in his songs, but his is the closest he gets to sacred, even if it's in the negative!

Joanne


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Crowhugger
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 12:58 AM

My favourite chicken song is here in the DT: FARM OUT WEST. I learned it from my mother who sang it regularly though my childhood and IIRC it was one of the first songs learned to play & sing when I took up guitar in my teens. And I still sing it for myself and for anyone who'll listen.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: SammySkillet
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 07:44 PM

Pork Fat Makes My Chicken Tan! unless someone said it already.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: reggie miles
Date: 07 Apr 11 - 01:26 AM

There's a 1947 Merle Travis song that I picked up from a 45rpm by The Green River Boys (featuring Glen Campbell) called, "Kentucky Means Paradise". There's a wonderful verse in there that goes...

"Take a K and an E
N and a T
U and a C-K-Y
That spells Kentucky
And it means paradise

Take a chicken and ya kill it
Then ya put it in a skillet
And ya fry it up golden brown
That's southern cookin' and it's mighty nice"


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Subject: Lyr Add: T'OWD BRAHN HEN
From: Rank
Date: 07 Apr 11 - 04:30 PM

T'owd brahn hen, written by Gerald Short and recorded on Map of Derbyshire by Mckram Wakes (sung by John Tams)

T'OWD BRAHN HEN
Gerald Short

Ee sez me mother, to me and me brother,
        Will you kill that owd brahn hen?
For she eats more oats than Jackson's goats,
        And she'll not lay again.
For times is hard and we've not much cash,
        So we'll have her in the pot.
So off to find that owd brahn hen,
        Me and me brother shot.

Well we chased her together, but we couldn't catch a feather,
        For she were a wily bod.
She hopped around upon the ground,
        Like fleas on our owd dog.
Well we catched her in the yard at last,
        My how she scrat and fought,
You'd have thought it were an eagle not,
        An owd brahn hen we'd caught.

Well all in a dither I says how shall we kill her,
        And me brother says, I knows.
Me mates I saw kill fowls before,
        And this is how it goes.
So he grabs her by the neck and turns,
        A couple of times or three,
Then tweaks it hard and turns and smiles,
        As if to say now see.

Now all in a hurry and feathers in a flurry,
        He's dropped her to the ground,
Where to our surprise, before our eyes,
        The funniest thing we found.
This fowl stood up, unscrewed her neck,
        And gave a strangled cry,
Then blinkin' 'ard ran down the yard,
        And out of sight did fly.

Now it's strange to relate and I know it's right,
        Next morning in our shed,
That bald necked hen has laid again,
        And waited to be fed.
So if your old bod won't do her job,
        You mun heed now what I say.
Just tweak her neck and then by heck,
        You'll get fresh eggs each day.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 12:23 AM

What about "Sly Mongoose"?
The first verse has the mongoose stealing chickens:
"Mongoose go eena Bedward kitchen,
Tek out one a 'im righteous chicken.
Put it eena 'im wescut pocket,
Sly mongoose."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: phinque
Date: 11 Jul 11 - 01:53 PM

More "Rooster" verses

There was a monastery and it was empty (2x)
One day that rooster came into the yard
He caught that monastery right off its guard
It's filled with friars....etc.

There was a jukebox, no rock would it play
One day that rooster......
It's playin HENdrix...etc


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Jul 11 - 02:52 PM

Mama killed a chicken, thought it was a duck,
Put it on the table with its legs stickin' up.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 05:06 AM

Didn't find "The Chickens They Are Crowing" anywhere above ~~or did I miss it?

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,josepp
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 12:02 PM

Look an ol' rockabilly guy called Hazil Adkins who did songs like "Chicken Flop" and once did a whole album about chickens called "Poultry in Motion."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Sa york
Date: 11 Aug 14 - 10:39 AM

We just heard a duet sing a song in New Orleans but don't know if there is a version on line we could get it. Chicken in a box, mashed potatoes..... Is all I remember. Sounded old. Does anyone know this one?


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Subject: RE: T'Owd Brawn Hen / The Old Brown Hen
From: Artful Codger
Date: 11 Aug 14 - 12:21 PM

The Old Brown Hen (T'Owd Brawn Hen), as sung by Nigel & Christine Owen of the group Tinker's Bag:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BmGV_yPxfg

Written by Gerald Short, lyrics posted above.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 03:07 AM

Ghost Chickens in the Sky is excellent and was sung mos4 excellently by Terry Gilder. It should be on youtube.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 10:26 AM

How about Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down?

Then I walked across the street
And caught the Sunday smell of someone fryin' chicken
And oh it took me back to somethin'
That I'd lost somewhere, somehow along the way


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 11:39 AM

Crow Black Chicken


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Musket
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 11:42 AM

Just about any banjo tune played by a friend of mine (who looks in on Mudcat so no names no pack drill.)

If the tune doesn't have "chicken" in the title, he doesn't play it.... Or at least that is my take on it.



"I've got the Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, John Mayall, Can't Fail blues...."


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Subject: Lyr Add: KERRY COCK
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 12:20 PM

From County Clare, in the West of Ireland
Jim Carroll

Kerry Cock, (Roud 544)
Jamesie McCatthy, Mountscott, Mullagh, Recorded at the Willie Clancy Summer School, July 1976

Spoken: Tisn't so long now; you'll have to laugh at a lot of it

Oh, as I was walking down the road one day I met one cock under a tree.
Oh, sure, I love my cock and my cock love me.
My cock, Kerry cock crew;
Every woman loves her cock and I love my cock too.

As I was walking down the road one day I met one hen under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my hen and my hen love me.
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every woman loves her hen and I love my hen too.

As I was walking down the road one day I met one duck under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my duck and my duck love me.
My duck wicky-wak,
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every woman loves her duck and I love my duck too.

As I was walking down the road one day I met one goose under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my goose and my goose love me.
My goose guggle-gug,
My duck wicky-wack,
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every woman loves her goose and I love my goose too.

Ah, as I was walking down the road one day I met one goat under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my goat and my goat love me.
My goat meggle-meg,
My goose guggle-gug,
My duck wicky-wack,
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every woman loves her goat and I love my goat too.

As I was walking down the road one day I met one sheep under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my sheep and my sheep love me.
My sheep maa,
My goat meggle-meg,
My goose guggle-gug,
My duck wicky-wack,
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every woman loves her sheep and I love my sheep too.

As I was walking down the road one day I met one cow under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my cow and my cow love me.
My cow moo,
My sheep maa,
My goat meggle-meg,
My goose guggle-gug,
My duck wicky-wack,
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every woman loves her cow and I love my cow too.

As I was walking down the road one day I met one big bull under a tree.
Ah, sure, I love my bull and my bull love me.
My bull mm-ooo,
My cow maa,
My sheep maa,
My goat meggle-meg,
My goose guggle-gug,
My duck wicky-wack,
My hen chuck-a-chuck,
My cock Kerry cock crew.
Every man loves his bull and I love my bull too.

"This has been found extensively, both among children and adults, the former type being associated with a selection game and the adult's as a test of vocal dexterity and breath control.
William Wells Newell described it as having been widely distributed throughout Europe and dating back to a remote past. Nowadays it is probably best known in its re-written form as 'Old MacDonald's Farm'.
Ref: 'Games and Songs of American Children', William Wells Newell, Pub. Harper and Brothers 1883.
Other recordings: George Blackman; Wisborough Green, Sussex, 'Songs of Animals, Folk Songs of Britain', Topic 12T198; John Curtis, Newfoundland, 'Songs from the Newfoundland Outports', Folkways FE 4075"
The above commentary, lyrics and recording are taken from 'Around the Hills of Clare: Songs and Recitations from the Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie Collection' (2004) Musical Traditions Records MTCD331-2/Góilín Records


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: LadyJean
Date: 12 Aug 14 - 11:48 PM

Stephen Collins Foster wrote a song called "Don't Bet Your Money on de Shanghai" about a fighting rooster. I don't have the words. But I've heard it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNDER THE CHICKEN TREE (Jones/Mills)
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 13 Aug 14 - 11:39 AM

I did not see "Under the Chicken Tree" in the list.

UNDER THE CHICKEN TREE
Words by Irving Jones; music by Kerry Mills; ©1908.
As recorded by Earl McDonald Louisville Jug Band, Columbia 14206D, 3/30/27.

VERSE: I had a dream last night.
It almost turned me white.*
I dreamt that hens and roosters growed on trees.
I dreamt I owned a great big ranch.
On every hen-tree branch,
The eggs was just as thick as bumblebees.
I stepped out in the yard
And shook one tree right hard,
And about one hundred fowls come tumblin' down.
Just as soon as they had died,
I had them quickly fried
With the gravy oozing out all nice and brown.

CHORUS: It was under the chicken tree,
Under the big fricassee.
Eggs was droppin' from every blossom.
I lost all my taste for the meat they call possum.
Cows, hogs, ever' little thing
Looked like feather, chicken, and wing.
Eggs was droppin'.
Wings were floppin',
Under the chicken tree.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Artful Codger
Date: 13 Aug 14 - 12:01 PM

Oh, How Chicken Play a Ukulele


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Frank
Date: 14 Aug 14 - 12:29 AM

From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 04:30 AM


My Mother, now 96, used to recite Delany's Chicken to us some 90 years ago. She had some variations which make more sense to my ears.
I am not sure, but I believe Mum learnt it at school.
I still recite it myself from time to time


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Aug 14 - 03:10 AM

"My Mother, now 96, used to recite Delany's Chicken to us some 90 years ago"
We recorded the version I gave from an elderly Irish singer back in the 1980s in London - It's the only version I've come across, though I did manage to trace some information on it for a note I have written for it.
Our recording is due to go up on line on the Clare County Library website in the next couple of months, along with another 4000 songs from County Clare (West of Ireland)
Jim Carroll

This is the Note to it - would appreciate any further information, particularly the nationality of Sweeney and Barrett (English or Irish?).

"*** Davy Miner – Miner's lamp invented by Sir Humphrey Davy
This music hall song was composed in 1896 by Lester Barrett and P. Sweeney; Barrett wrote a similar piece, 'Hooligan's Mule', around the same time. Songs such as this, of creatures possessing wonderful attributes, abound in the song tradition, among the most popular being 'The Herring', 'The Derby Ram' and 'The Wonderful Crocodile'.
Mikey's seems to be the only recorded version of this from a traditional singer."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Haruo
Date: 15 Aug 14 - 01:43 AM

IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE

The fish, it never cackles 'bout
it's million eggs or so,
The hen is quite a different bird,
one egg-and hear her crow.

The fish we spurn, but crown the hen,
which leads me to surmise:
Don't hide your light, but blow your horn.
it pays to advertise.

Tune: PLENARY aka "The Miller's Daughter", "The Miller's Wedding", "I Fee'd a Lad at Michaelmas", "Auld Lang Syne"...

DigiTrad / MIDI

I learned this from the 1954 ed. of Song Fest, from (I'm pretty sure) the same page as "On Mules We Find" to the same tune.


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Subject: Lyr Add: AUNTIE SKINNER'S CHICKEN DINNER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 12:03 AM

Nobody said these songs had to be about live chickens, did they?

From the sheet music at Mississippi State University:


AUNTIE SKINNER'S CHICKEN DINNER
"As introduced by Ruth Roye, Princess of Ragtime"
Words by Arthur Fields and Earl Carroll; music by Theodore Morse. ©1915.

1. I got an invitation
To see the celebration
Down at Auntie Skinner's big jubilee.
The picks from each plantation
Will give her some ovation
When they see the possum pie and fricassee.
Just smell them onions cookin'.
Just watch them darkies lookin'
In the pot to see what old Auntie's got.
Grab your best gal.
Invite another pal.
Ev'rybody's welcome there.

CHORUS: Come along (come along, come along) to Auntie Skinner's chicken dinner.
The pick who picks the wishbone will be the lucky winner
Of a grand new pair of homespun panties.
No other spinner spins a pair of panties like our Auntie's.
Come along (come along, come along), you little cotton pickers,
Picky picks from ev'rywhere.
Down at Auntie Skinner's chicken dinner, ev'rybody will be there.

2. Come on you folks, meander
In back of Alexander.
He will lead the marching and show the way.
They're down by Auntie's cabin,
And Lordy, how they're havin'
Such a time, 'cause it's Auntie's feedin' day.
Oh, what is that I'm smellin'?
It must be watermelon,
Or the ham that's sizzlin' in Auntie's pan.
Take your mother,
Sister and brother,
'Cause ev'rybody's welcome there.

[This song was recorded by Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan in 1915. It has become popular with New Orleans traditional jazz bands, who sometimes perform it as a tune without words.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: JIMMY (Mike & Tawmmie Campbell)
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 12:10 PM

Here's one I wrote with a littyle help from my lovely wofe....

Jimmy
by Mike & Tawmmie Campbell 2012

Jimmy was a Barred Rock rooster,
He lived outside in the yard,
In any kind of weather Jimmy had a pretty feather,
But living with Jimmy was hard.
He was always great with the chickens,
Seemed to have a pretty good head,
But every morning at 4 am,
Jimmy would wake us out of bed.
    There's a whole lot of squawking and a whole lot of talking,
    There's a whole lot of stinky chicken poo.
    But the worst thing about having chickens in the yard,
    Is Jimmy's old cock-a-doodle-doo.
    Doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle-doodle-doodle-doodle doo.

Now the neighbor on the right was William,
And the neighbor on the left was Vi,
And the neighbors in the back were Jill and Jack,
And they all wanted Jimmy to die.
For he woke them up every morning,
They were not very happy you see,
And Vi and Bill and Jack and Jill,
Were getting pretty mad at me.
    There's a whole lot of squawking and a whole lot of talking,
    There's a whole lot of stinky chicken poo.
    But the worst thing about having chickens in the yard,
    Is Jimmy's old cock-a-doodle-doo.
    Doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle-doodle-doodle-doodle doo.

I tried to be a good neighbor, invited them over for a keg,
I mowed their lawns and every week, I gave them each a dozen fresh eggs.

Next year under my Christmas tree,
Much to my surprise,
I got a hatchet from old Jack and Jill,
I got a roasting pan from Vi..
I got a summons from the city,
That was Williams work you see,
Cause he don't like noise and he don't like Jimmy,
And he sure as hell don't like me..
    Now there's still a lot of squawking and there's still a lot of talking,
    And there's still a lot of stinky chicken poo.
    But thanks to all of my neighbors,
    There's no more cock-a-doodle-doo.
    Doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle-doodle-doodle-doodle doo.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN REEL (Mittenthal/Daly)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 11:07 PM

Lyrics below are from the sheet music at Mississippi State University.
(There is also an instrumental version CHICKEN REEL, or PERFORMER'S BUCK, by Daly, published in 1910).

The tune will be familiar. Spotify has over 100 recordings. I listened to several, and to parts of many, but I couldn't find a vocal recording.


CHICKEN REEL
Words by Joseph Mittenthal; music by Joseph M. Daly; ©1911.

1. Way down in Carolina where the sweet potatoes grow,
There lives a dusky maiden by the name of Liza Snow.
She used to go to parties where they'd always make her sing,
But say! you ought to see that baby do the pigeon wing.
They held a dancing contest and were goin' to give a prize.
They all had on their finest and it now was up to Lize.
Just who was goin' to win it ev'rybody there could feel
When Liza hollered to the band to play the Chicken Reel:

CHORUS: Clear the crowd away.
Tell the band to play
When yer hear me say "Go," my honey.
Oh, you Chicken Reel!
How you make me feel!
Say, it's really so entrancin',
Who could ever keep from dancin'?
That's the music sweet
Like the chicken meat.
Give it to me with the dressin'.
I don't need no dancin' lesson.
Put all the other fine selections right away.
That is the only tune I want to hear you play.
When I get married, if there's music, I will say:
"Hey, boss, keep a-playin' Chicken Reel all day."

2. One night when from a party she was walkin' home with Bill—
Now he's her steady feller and the night was dark and still—
It seems he stole a chicken, and when Liza looked at that,
She said: "I'm goin' to wear it on my go-to-meetin' hat."
"I guess you're goin' crazy," answered William with a smile,
But Liza said: "Go on! You haven't heard the latest style."
When first she wore it out, the people asked her to explain,
But Liza simply said: "Why, I have chicken on the brain."


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Aug 14 - 10:48 AM

Cearc agus Coilleach a song in Irish Gaelic, hen's lament for cock who was killed by meat-eating humans


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Aug 14 - 10:51 AM

another song in Irish, though more commonly known as a dance tune
Tá'n coilleach ag fogairt an lae


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 20 Aug 14 - 11:13 AM

Which came first - songs about chickens or songs about eggs?


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Haruo
Date: 23 Aug 14 - 03:30 AM

King Herod and the Cock


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNDER THE CHICKEN TREE (Jones/Mills)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 12:25 AM

From the sheet music at York University:

UNDER THE CHICKEN TREE
Words by Irving Jones; music by Kerry Mills; ©1908.

1. I had a dream last night
That almost turned me white.
I dreamed that hens and roosters grew on trees.
I owned a great big ranch.
On every hen-tree branch,
The chickens were as thick as bumblebees.
I went out in the yard
And shook one tree right hard,
And about a hundred chickens tumbled down.
As soon as they had died,
Why, they were quickly fried
With gravy oozing out so nice and brown.

CHORUS: Under the chicken tree,
Under that big fricassee,
Hens were poppin' out of ev'ry blossom.
Lost all my love for the bird they call possum.
All kinds of money and ev'ry other thing
Looked like chicken feathers to me.
Eggs were droppin'.
Wings were floppin',
Under the chicken tree.

2. The eggs came budding first,
And soon as they would burst,
A tiny little chicken sprouted out.
Chickens were so free,
It certainly seemed to me,
That I would surely die soon with the gout.
Then suddenly I woke
And found it all a joke.
How sad then ev'rything to me did seem!
Don't care how long I live,
Myself I'll not forgive
For waking up out of that lovely dream.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT CHICK'S TOO YOUNG TO FRY (L Jordan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 06:15 AM

Not literally about chickens--more an extended metaphor:


THAT CHICK'S TOO YOUNG TO FRY
As sung by Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five, 1946.

Say, boy, don't you harm that bird; don't you dare to try.
Start releasin' that chicken or you'll get a lickin'; that chick's too young to fry.

Hey, boy, better take my word; here's the reason why:
Gotta feed her steady till she gets ready; that chick's too young to fry.

[§] Take her back in the barnyard, then let her go; just turn her loose,
Way out there in the barnyard, where she'll grow up for better use.

Hey, boy, there will come a time, someday by and by,
She'll be ready for fryin', so stop your cryin'; that chick's too young to fry.

[Repeat from §.]

Get away; stay away; come back another day; that chick's too young to fry.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO (Louis Jordan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 07:17 AM

Several of these phrases are questionable. I'm not sure they're even intended to make sense.


COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO
As sung by Louis Jordan, 1951.
Tune: Turkey in the Straw.

1. It's a trick to pick a chicken when the cackle's in the coop.
Some are layin'; some are lyin'; some are labeled chicken soup.
Take a Dominicker rooster or a Dominicker hen
For some ricky-ticky chicken pickin' right from the pen.

CHORUS: Coo-whack-a-do: fricassee or new,
Who-whack-a-doodle, yams and apple strudel,
Out in the country, that's the style,
Sweet as the kisses from a honey chile.

2. When you wake up in the mornin' to the cock-a-doodle-doo,
And you sneak into the chicken shack and pick a chick or two,
Fill the kettle full o' vittles and your griddle papa view(?),
For the fricassee of chickasee, it's only chicken stew. CHORUS

3. Now the farmer's got a gobbler and a gander and a goose,
And a mighty pretty daughter but he'll never turn her loose.
If you like the farmer's daughter, she's a chicken you can steal.
You swing 'er while the fiddle plays a real chicken reel. CHORUS

Cock-a-doodle-doo!


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Subject: Lyr Add: HEY LITTLE HEN (Ralph Butler & Noel Gay)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 09:01 AM

HEY LITTLE HEN
Words & music by Ralph Butler & Noel Gay, ©1941
As sung by Joe Loss on "The Warring 40s: 19 Songs from Wartime Britain" and "Comic Songs of the 1940s" and "The Great Songwriters: Noel Gay"

I had a lot of chickens, a large chicken run,
But owing to conditions, I'm now down to one.
I give her all the tit-bits, the dear little thing,
And just to keep her up to scratch, I go to her and sing:

§. Hey, little hen,
When, when, when
Will you lay me an egg for my tea?
Hey, little hen,
When, when, when
Will you try to supply one for me?
Get into your nest.
Do your little best.
Get it off your chest.
I can do the rest.
Hey, little hen,
When, when, when
Will you lay me an egg for my tea?

[Repeat from §.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: ME COCK'S ME OWN (Simon Ritchie)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Oct 14 - 09:54 PM

ME COCK'S ME OWN (THE COMICAL COCK)
As sung by Simon Ritchie on "Melodeon Mania" (2011)

1. Ladies and gentlemen, I'll tell to you this song:
Of when I went to market; I will not keep you long.
I met this fella selling birds; he had such a rare old stock.
I handed him a half-a-crown; he handed back his—

CHORUS: Cock-a-doodle-doo!
It's nothing to do with you.
Me cock's me own,
So leave it alone,
Me cock-a-doodle-doo.

2. Well, I took me cock under me coat, and off I went again.
I gave me cock a poke, and it began to croak.
This lady passing by, she gave me such a shock.
She stuck one arm around me waist, the other one round me—CHORUS

3. Well, I put me cock in a pen along with the railroad men.
Oh, what a hell of a do; oh, what a hell of a do!
Well, I came back up the garden path, to separate the flock.
I tried me best to pull 'em apart but she kept on pecking me—CHORUS

4. Well, me cock got into a fight; it only went in one.
A policeman who was passing by said: "Come with me, my son"
You know it's ... they stood me in the dock.
The judge says: "What's your name?" I said: "Are you talking to me, or me—CHORUS

5. Well, they gave me seven years; to dartmoor I did go,
And then they found at great big rocks, well, I was rather slow;
So they put me in charge of the prison farm, but kept me under lock,
But I fooled them all when I sneaked out right under the governor's—CHORUS

6. Well, it's time for me to go; I can no longer stay,
But before I go, there's something I must know:
Well. I cannot hang around; I should be in by twelve o'clock,
But are there any young ladies here who'd like to see me—CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Oct 14 - 09:19 AM

Index to all chicken songs that have been posted at Mudcat (that I can find):

A CHICKEN CAN WALTZ THE GRAVY AROUND, Stovepipe, 1927, YouTube
AIN'T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS, Louis Jordan, 1947, YouTube
ALL BIRDS LOOK LIKE CHICKENS TO ME, Will F. Denny, ca. 1902, YouTube
AUNTIE SKINNER'S CHICKEN DINNER, Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan, 1915, YouTube
BAKE THAT CHICKEN PIE, Uncle Dave Macon, YouTube
BANTY ROOSTER BLUES, Charley Patton, YouTube
CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN (LAY A LITTLE EGG FOR ME), Earl Oliver's Jazz Babies, YouTube
CHICKEN A-LA-BLUES, Cousin Joe, YouTube
CHICKEN BLUES, York Brothers, 1951, YouTube
CHICKEN DANCE, Paul Parnes
CHICKEN DON'T ROOST TOO HIGH, Grandpa Jones, 1950, YouTube
CHICKEN GUMBOOGIE, Will Bradley & His Orchestra, 1941, YouTube
CHICKEN IN BLACK, Johnny Cash, YouTube
CHICKEN IN THE FRIDGE, Jeff Deitchman
CHICKEN LIPS AND LIZARD HIPS, Bruce Springsteen, 1991, YouTube
CHICKEN NEVER ROOST TOO HIGH FO' ME
CHICKEN ON A RAFT, Cyril Tawney, YouTube
CHICKEN PIE, Thomas W. Talley
CHICKEN REEL, Arthur Collins, 1911, YouTube
CHICKEN ROOST BLUES, Cliff Carlisle, 1934, YouTube
CHICKEN SHACK BOOGIE, Amos Milburn, 1947, YouTube
CHICKEN SONG, Jeff Davis & Jeff Warner, YouTube
CHICKEN SONG (I AIN'T GONNA TAKE IT SETTIN' DOWN), Ernest Tubb, YouTube
CHICKEN SOUP, Fran Avni, YouTube
CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE, Carole King, 1975, YouTube
CHICKEN TRUCK, John Anderson, YouTube
CHICKEN, YOU CAN ROOST BEHIND THE MOON, Frank Stokes/Beale Street Sheiks, YouTube
CHICKENS, Ray Wylie Hubbard & Hayes Carll, YouTube
CHICKENS FOR PEACE, Peter Alsop, YouTube
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO, George McWilliam
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO, Gloucestershire
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO, Louis Jordan, YouTube
CROW BLACK CHICKEN, Leake County Revelers, 1928, YouTube
CROWING ROOSTER, Memphis Slim, YouTube
CROWING ROOSTER BLUES, Lonnie Johnson, 1928, I. YouTube, II. YouTube
DAT'S DE WAY TO SPELL CHICKEN
DELANEY'S CHICKEN
DEM CHICKENS ROOST TOO HIGH
DIXIE CHICKEN, Little Feat, 1973, YouTube
DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN, Rufus Thomas
DON'T BET YOUR MONEY ON DE SHANGHAI, Stephen Foster, 1861, YouTube
FIGHTIN' LITTLE ROOSTER, Big Bill Broonzy, 1939, YouTube
FISHIN' FOR CHICKENS, Hobo Jim Varsos, YouTube
FLY UP MY COCK, Steeleye Span
GHOST CHICKENS IN THE SKY, Barry Ward, YouTube
HEN OVERBOARD, P. Tristram Coffin
HEY LITTLE HEN, Joe Loss, YouTube
HOMEMADE CHICKEN PIE, Frank Dumont, YouTube
I AIN'T YOUR HEN, MR. FLY ROOSTER, Martha Copeland, YouTube
I BOUGHT MYSELF A COCK
I GET THE NECK OF THE CHICKEN, Cab Calloway, 1942, YouTube
I HAD A ROOSTER, Pete Seeger
I LIKE MY CHICKEN FRYIN' SIZE, Merle Travis, 1947, YouTube
I'LL RISE WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS, Binkley Brothers, YouTube
IF YOU SEE MY ROOSTER, Memphis Minnie, 1936, YouTube
IT TAKES THE OLD HEN TO DELIVER THE GOODS, Cliff Carlisle, 1936, YouTube
KERRY COCK
KING HEROD AND THE COCK
LITTLE RED HEN, Malvina Reynolds, YouTube
LITTLE RED HEN BLUES, Taj Mahal, YouTube
LITTLE RED ROOSTER, Big Mama Thornton, YouTube
LITTLE RED ROOSTER, Margie Day, YouTube
LITTLE RED ROOSTER, Willie Dixon, YouTube
LOUISIANA COCK FIGHT, John Nitzinger, YouTube
ME COCK'S ME OWN, Simon Ritchie
ME OLD GAME COCK
MEMPHIS WOMEN AND CHICKEN, Dan Penn, 1994, YouTube
OLD COCK CROWS
PICKIN' ON THE CHICKEN, Ray Stevens, 2015, YouTube
PRETTY CROWING CHICKEN, Frank Profitt, YouTube
RED HEN HOP, Louvin Brothers, YouTube
RED ROOSTER BLUES, Sonny Scott, 1933, YouTube
RILEY'S HEN HOUSE DOOR, Riley Puckett, YouTube
RISE WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS, Uncle Dave Macon, 1926, YouTube
ROOSTER, The Ravens, 1947, YouTube
ROOSTER BLUES, Lightnin' Slim, YouTube
SHANGHAI ROOSTER, DeZurik Sisters, YouTube
SHANGHAI ROOSTER YODEL, Cliff Carlisle, 1931, YouTube
SHANGHAI ROOSTER YODEL NO. 2, Cliff Carlisle, 1932, YouTube
SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN, Hank Penny, 1956, YouTube
SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN, Jimmy Work, 1951, YouTube
STAY AWAY FROM MY CHICKEN HOUSE, Gene Autry, 1929, YouTube
TASTES LIKE CHICKEN, Austin Lounge Lizards, YouTube
THE BANTAM COCK, Jake Thackray
THE BLACK COCKEREL, Spanish Civil War
THE CHICKEN AND THE HAWK (UP, UP, AND AWAY), Joe Turner and His Blues Kings, 1955, YouTube
THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG, Leslie Sarony, YouTube
THE CHICKEN SONG
THE COCK, Louis Killen, YouTube
THE COCK-FIGHT / THE BONNY GREY etc.
THE COCKS ARE CROWING
THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER or THE LITTLE CHICKENS IN THE GARDEN.
THE GAME COCK, Colcannon, YouTube
THE GREY COCK
THE LEGEND OF CHICKEN STU
THE OLD GRAY CHICKEN, Miller, Hoffman
THE OLD HEN CACKLED
THE OLD HEN CACKLED AND THE ROOSTER'S GOING TO CROW, Fiddlin' John Carson, 1923, YouTube
THE ROOSTER FROM KITCHUSIS, Dick Nolan, YouTube
THERE'S A TRICK IN PICKIN' A CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN, Wendell Hall, 1927, YouTube
UNDER THE CHICKEN TREE, Irving Jones & Kerry Mills, 1908, YouTube
WHERE IS THE CHICKEN IN THE CHICKEN CHOW MEIN?, Al Trace and His Musicians, 1944, YouTube
WHO DAT SAY CHICKEN IN DIS CROWD, Paul Laurence Dunbar & Will Marion. 1898, YouTube


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Rick Wyman
Date: 24 Nov 16 - 09:31 PM

My wife's second great uncle, Ezra Harrison was a singer and performed around St. Joseph Missouri. He was a member of The Natural Quartet and they performed on the radio. Ezra wrote and published a song called "Dat Chicken B'longs To Me" sometime between 1905 and 1915. We would sure like to find that sheet music.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Gda Music
Date: 25 Nov 16 - 05:17 PM

Trinidad "old school" - 1961

*Missing Frozen Chicken*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Wa7KnOLBA

One of Lord Melody`s more intriguing titles.
From MONOGRAM 854 LP - "Calypsos for Adam and Eve.

GJ


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Subject: Lyr Add: STAY AWAY FROM MY CHICKEN HOUSE (G Autry)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Dec 16 - 09:04 PM

STAY AWAY FROM MY CHICKEN HOUSE
Words and music by Frankie Marvin
As recorded by Gene Autry, 1929.

1. I don't mind tellin' this whole wide world someone's doin' me wrong.
I ain't been able to catch 'em yet, but they gonna get catched 'fore long.
Now whoever this someone may be,
Take a little tip from me:

CHORUS: Stay away from my chicken house, boy, if you figger your life's worthwhile.
Stay away from my chicken house, boy, or I'll cut you down Mexican style.
I've got a long keen razor, a bulldog too.
You'll never look like nothin' when I get through with you.
Now you're not invisible or still as a mouse,
So stay away from my chicken house. Now I mean it!
Stay away from my chicken house.

2. You stole my horse. [horse sounds] You stole my cow. [cow sounds] You took hay from my barn.
You killed my hog for meat last fall; you even stole my corn.
Now for all this, boys, I won't complain,
But I'm stickin' with them chickens through sunshine an' rain. CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN SHACK BOOGIE (Amos Milburn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jan 17 - 06:43 PM

CHICKEN SHACK BOOGIE
As recorded by Amos Milburn, 1947.

Hello, cat; I just got back,
And I'm lookin' for that place they call the Chicken Shack.
They say it's fine as wine and it's really on the ball.
No windows, no doors, it's just a hole in the wall.

Did you say it was located down by the creek,
Where you can get a whole gob(?) of good things to eat?—
All good parts of the chicken; what's more, it's a cinch
You can even get the last part that went over the fence.

Yes, they say it's the place where all the bad cats meet.
You better be mighty careful where you take a seat.

Oh, there's a place where the light's comin' through the wall.
You better be mighty careful; let's have a ball.
Come on, all you fellas, and take a drink from my pack,
'Cause the party's ready to start down at the Chicken Shack.

[Other early recordings were made by The Five Scamps and The Lionel Hampton Sextet.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: PICKIN' ON THE CHICKEN (Ray Stevens)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jan 17 - 07:37 PM

PICKIN' ON THE CHICKEN
As recorded by Ray Stevens on "Here We Go Again" (2015).

You know, if a chicken could talk, he might say somethin' like this:

Why's ev'rybody pickin' on the chicken?
What did a chicken ever do to you?
Why's ev'rybody pickin' on the chicken?
What a crock o' cock-a-doodle-doo!

Now I'm not the kind o' bird to squawk,
But seems like these days folks can't talk
Without somehow slanderin' the chicken's name.
But bigotry and discrimination
Dominate the syntax o' this whole nation.
It's enough to drive a dumb dominicker insane.

Folks say "flew the coop" when the thief's departed,
And if he's lackin' courage, he's chicken-hearted,
And if he messes up, he's got egg on his face.
You work for chicken feed, or had to scheme.
Somethin's stuck in his craw—see what I mean?
The many references to chickens are commonplace.

Bird brain, dumb cluck,
No spring chicken, strut your stuff,
Nest egg, bad egg,
Shake your tail feather, cocky an' such,
Laid an egg, in a stew,
I don't know what a chicken can do.
You know, bein' a chicken in this environment is nothin' to crow about.

I mean, a chicken's life is not all it's cracked up to be.
No, and stop questioning my motives about crossin' the road!
I don't know why I did it. Hey, I'm a chicken!
Yeah! Maybe I did it to show the possum it could be done!
Or sing a duet with Willie Nelson.
What diff'rence does it make?
I crossed the road, okay?
Get over it!

And it's time to stop pickin' on the chicken.
I mean, what did a chicken ever do to you?
It's time to stop pickin' on the chicken.
What a crock of cock-a-doodle-doo!

Don't count your chickens 'fore they hatch.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Dont put up a squawk, or all your chickens might come home to roost.
People get up with the chickens, go to bed with the chickens,
And are concerned about the pecking order.
He's the cock o' the walk; he rules the roost,
Broods over problems like empty nest syndrome.
You know what makes me madder than a wet hen?
What does ev'ry strange thing from frog legs to rattlesnake taste like?
That's right—chicken!

Now some sort o' reference that doesn't include a chicken is rare as hen's teeth.
Now you got me doin' it!
I'll be so upset, before long, I'll be runnin' around like a chi—
A chicken with his head cut off, okay?
Somebody stop me!
What came first: the chicken, or the egg?
Oh, I feel like I'm walkin' on eggs.
I feel henpecked.
Why did the punk rocker cross the road?
He was stapled to the chicken!
You know it ain't over till the fat chicken sings!
And that's me!
Is this any good or did I just lay an egg?


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Joe_F
Date: 01 Feb 17 - 01:43 PM

Mrs Morales has chickens in her yard.
If you want to get one, it is not very hard.
Smile for the senora, you'll get a chicken free --
If Danny feels like smiling nicely, maybe two or three.

-- Ay, Paisano


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Subject: Lyr Add: DIXIE CHICKEN (from Little Feat)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 07:16 PM

OK, it has "chicken" in the title but it's not really about a chicken. Suggested by ranger1 back on 30-Oct-2005. He said he hated it, but I don't.


DIXIE CHICKEN
Written by Lowell George and Martin Kibbee (a.k.a. Fred Martin)
As recorded by Little Feat on "Dixie Chicken" (1973)

I seen the bright lights of Memphis and the Commodore Hotel,
And underneath a street lamp, I met a southern belle.
She took me to the river where she cast her spell,
And in that southern moonlight she sang a song so well:

If you'll be my Dixie chicken, I'll be your Tennessee lamb,
And we can walk together down in Dixie land,
Down in Dixie land.

Well we made all the hot spots; my money flowed like wine,
And that low-down southern whiskey began to fog my mind,
And I don't remember church bells or the money I put down
On the white picket fence and boardwalk, of the house on the edge of town;
But, boy, do I remember the strain of her refrain,
And the nights we spent together and the way she called my name:

If you'll be my Dixie chicken, I'll be your Tennessee lamb,
And we can walk together down in Dixie land,
Down in Dixie land.

It's been a year since she ran away.
I guess that guitar player sure could play.
She always liked to sing along.
He was always handy with a song.

Then one night in the lobby of the Commodore Hotel,
I chanced to meet a bartender who said he knew her well,
And as he handed me a drink, he began to hum a song,
And all the boys down at the bar began to sing along:

If you'll be my Dixie chicken, I'll be your Tennessee lamb,
And we can walk together down in Dixie land,
Down in Dixie land.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOT TROUBLE IN THE HENHOUSE (T Hambridge)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 08:13 PM

GOT TROUBLE IN THE HENHOUSE*
Written by Tom Hambridge
As recorded by Tom Hambridge and the Rattlesnakes on "Tom Hambridge and the Rattlesnakes – Live" (2007)

I got trouble down at my henhouse; the rooster left town.
The chicks are goin' crazy; they won't settle down.
They chased me 'round the barnyard so I put 'em in the coop,
But next thing I know, they want the cock-a-doodle-doo.

I got trouble in the henhouse,
Trouble at the henhouse,
Trouble, trouble, trouble, I got chicks all over me.

Trouble in the henhouse; I don't know what to do.
Nothin' but cluckin' since my rooster flew.
Trouble in the barnyard, it's got me so uptight.
The chicks they drive me crazy; they need layin' ev'ry night.

I got trouble in the henhouse,
Trouble in the henhouse.
Trouble, trouble, trouble, I got chicks all over me.

They won't let me be, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Chicks all around me layin' ev'ry night.
Ev'ry time I turn around, I'm breakin' up a fight.
I'm damned if I don't; I'm damned if I do.
Mornin' noon an' night they want the cock-a-doodle-do.


* it appears on the album as "Trouble in the Henhouse" but it's listed at ASCAP as "Got Trouble in the Henhouse." I decided to list it here as "Got..." to help distinguish it from another song called "Trouble in the Henhouse" written by Billy Briggs & Kathering Briggs.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Folked69
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 11:32 AM

If you like a bit of acid folk...

Sunforest - Old Cluck (up on Youtube)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CHICKEN AND THE HAWK (from Joe Turner
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 11:34 PM

THE CHICKEN AND THE HAWK (UP, UP, AND AWAY)
Written by Leiber & Stoller.
As recorded by Joe Turner and His Blues Kings, 1955.

1. Well, a curly-head chicken fell in love with a chicken hawk, (2x)
Fell head over heels for that hawk's sweet talk.

2. [She] said: "Take me up, Hawky; take me up in the sky. (2x)
[I'm] just a little bitty chicken and I don't now how to fly."

CHORUS: [He said] up, up, and away.
We gon' fly all day.
Up, up, and away.
We gon' fly all day.
Up, up, up, up, and away.

3. He met a bald-headed eagle flyin' up there in the blue. (2x)
Well, the eagle told the hawk: "I'm gonna steal that chicken from you."

4. Well, the hawk started flyin' like a P-8 single jet. (2x)
He said: "Cool down, chicken; the eagle ain't got us yet." CHORUS

5. "Well, you asked him for the sun; did you ask him for the moon?" (2x)
Said: "Cool down, baby; we're gonna be there soon." CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALL BIRDS LOOK LIKE CHICKENS TO ME
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Mar 17 - 11:03 PM

From YouTube:


ALL BIRDS LOOK LIKE CHICKENS TO ME
Words and music by Irving Jones, ©1899.
As recorded by Will F. Denny on an Edison cylinder, ca. 1902.

[1] Sam Green's an educated fowlist, well versed in chickenhood.
When he can eat a chicken meal, his appetite is good.
He eats fried chicken ev'ry meal, has chicken salad for lunch.
He never buys a solitary hen, for he gets them by the bunch.
And when he sees a mockingbird, that coon will loud exclaim:
"That bird is a talkin' hen, although she's changed her name."
He also says a canary bird is a chicken that's learned to sing,
And if you contradict him, this argument he'll spring:

[CHORUS] "All birds look like chickens to me.
Crows look like black hens, you see.
Some birds are raised up for a prize,
But a knife and fork make 'em all one size.
People say quails ain't chickens, you see,
But they look like Lilliputian hens to me.
They are eagles and owls and other fowls,
But they look like chickens to me."

[2] Sam Green went over to a bird show; all nations of birds he's seen,
And when he spied a parrot, he said: "That hen's painted green!"
And when he saw a wild duck, that coon's heart loud did beat.
He said: "That hen has got bow legs and a pair of ragtime feet!"
But when he saw a peacock, that coon could hardly talk.
He says: "That is a coon-hen that's learned how to cakewalk."
He also said that an ostrich was a chicken that's overgrown,
And as he started homeward, these words he loud did moan: [CHORUS]


[Another recording, also on YouTube was made by Sweet Papa Stovepipe (real name: McKinley Peebles) in 1926. The chorus is clearly derived from the above, but the verses are quite different. Parts are barely decipherable.]


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Bobby Lee Cude
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 10:03 PM

Chicken Songs ...is it! O.K. , you want to hear a cleaver, funny and entertaining CHICKEN SONG ? Then go to CD BABY and punch in I LIKE CHICKEN ! Yep! Tis REAL LIVE CHICKENS , singing, well for the high-lights of the NEW song which, I am proud to be the co-writer, publisher & producer of the recording.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 01:22 AM

Charley Nobel, back on 30-Oct-2005, mentioned a poem about a chicken swept off the deck of a ship. This probably isn't the same poem, but it's the closest I could find.

From The Wanderers by Sea and Land, with Other Tales by Peter Parley (pseud.) (London: James Blackwood, 1850), page 21:


THE BALLAD OF BIDDY AT SEA.

Come, all ye boys and girls
And hear a woful strain,
Of one who went to sea
And never came back again.

Alas! if ye have tears,
Prepare to shed them free;
For poor old Biddy's fate
Was sad as sad can be.

An honest hen she was
As any in the yard,
Yet she was torn away,
Albeit she cackled hard.

They did not heed her cries
For pity and for quarter.
They put her in a coop
And bore her o'er the water.

For many days and nights
Poor Bid in prison sighed;
But she got out one day
And o'er the deck she hied.

But, ah! the cruel Cook
Came forth and sought to catch her:
And Biddy knew, forsooth,
That he would fain dispatch her.

She ran, she cackled shrill,
And then, hard pressed, she flew—
Over the side she went
And fell in the ocean blue!

Cold, cold was the briny flood,
But Biddy's heart was brave—
She did the best she could,
And paddled along the wave.

She rose and fell with the tide.
And wistfully looked about—
Alas! no hand was near,
To help poor Biddy out!

Ah! faint and fainter she grew,
For she struggled now with, pain—
And then her head it sank,
Never to rise again!

She sank in the briny deep,
With one faint dying tone:
The ship passed proudly on
And left her there alone!


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN SONG (I AIN'T GONNA TAKE IT...)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 05:14 PM

A guest quoted from this back on 30-Oct-2009. I found it on YouTube and transcribed it.


THE CHICKEN SONG (I AIN'T GONNA TAKE IT SETTIN' DOWN)
Words & music by Terry Shand & Bob Merrill, ©1951.
As recorded by Red Foley and Ernest Tubb

[1] Cock-a-doodle-do! Bless our old hen.
She lays eggs the best she can:
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten.
Cock-a-doodle-do! Bless our old hen.

[2] Our old red hen was upon her nest.
She tried to sleep but couldn't rest.
The rooster came home baggy-eyed,
And our old hen stood up and cried:

[CHORUS] "I ain't gonna take it settin' down.
I ain't gonna take it settin' down.
While I'm here hatchin' white an' brown,
You're out scratchin' 'round the town,
And I ain't gonna take it settin' down."

[3] She said: "Don't say you've been alone.
Them ain't my feathers in your comb.
If you don't have an alibi,
You're gonna see some feathers fly.

[4] "I've heard it said while on the loose,
You made the spots with Clara Goose.
From all reports of how it looked,
You tell that goose her goose is cooked." [CHORUS]

[5] She said: "If I weren't such a stupe,
I'd have a mink-lined chicken coop.
Why, ev'rything I own's in hock.
I should 'a' went with Plymouth Rock.

[6] "You know one night while you were out,
I met a move talent scout.
He loved my walk; he loved my cluck.
He's starrin' me with Donald Duck." [CHORUS]

[7] You roosters out there don't you laugh.
You just can't fool your better half.
You mark my words; you'll see the day
When your old hen will up and say:

[CHORUS] "I ain't gonna take it settin' down.
I ain't gonna take it settin' down.
You needn't hang around an' plead.
Stop handin' me that chicken feed.
I ain't gonna take it settin' down."

[TAG] Cock-a-doodle-do! Bless our old hen.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T BET YOUR MONEY ON DE SHANGHAI
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 08:44 PM

LadyJean mentioned this back on 12-Aug-2014. I found the sheet music at Johns Hopkins University:


DON'T BET YOUR MONEY ON DE SHANGHAI
Words and music by Stephen C. Foster, 1861.

1. De Shanghai chicken, when you put him in de pit,
He'll eat a loaf of bread up, but he can't fight a bit.
De Shanghai fiddle is a funny little thing,
And ebry time you tune him up he goes "ching-ching."

CHORUS: Oh! de Shanghai! Don't bet your money on de Shanghai.
Take de little chicken in de middle ob the ring,
But don't bet your money on de Shanghai.

2. I go to de fair for to see de funny fowls:
De double-headed pigeon and de one-eyed owls,
De old lame goose wid no web between his toes—
He kills himself a-laughing when de Shanghai crows.

3. De Shanghai's tall but his appetite is small.
He'll only swallow ebrything that he can overhaul:
Four bags of wheat just as certain as you're born,
A bushel of potatoes and a tub full of corn.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN GUMBOOGIE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Apr 17 - 01:18 PM

Parts of this song sound like the familiar "Chicken Reel" reworked to have a boogie-woogie beat.


CHICKEN GUMBOOGIE
Written by Leonard Whitney
As recorded by Will Bradley & His Orchestra (with Ray McKinley, vocalist), 1941.

The farmers have a dance that they all like to do.
It really is a killer though it never was new.
They got it in a barnyard away before the Greeks
From the chickens that were grubbin' and a-peckin' with their beaks.

Peck corn! You better loosen up your collar.
Latch on with your tail feathers out.
Dig it till it makes you want to holler.
The chicken gumboogie man'll get you if you don't spread out.

It's a funny little lick with a boogie-woogie base [or "bass"?].
Any hep chick can put fever in your place.
You can strut like a rooster, scratch with your feet,
But whatever you do, don't you lose the beat.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN ROOST BLUES (Cliff Carlisle)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Apr 17 - 03:53 PM

CHICKEN ROOST BLUES
As recorded by Cliff Carlisle, 1934.

Late last night I went down to get me a chicken or two.
When I heard the old shotgun, I sure did skiddoo.
Grabbed my sack and I made for the door but I didn't get away in time.
As I went around the corner of the barn, boy, I sure got mine.
[Yodel] The chicken roost blues.

The guy that shot at me last night must 'a' been a hard-boiled old squirt,
For when the buckshot hit the seat o' my pants, boy, they sure did hurt!
When I got home, I went to bed, but I couldn't sleep at all.
For ev'ry time I would close my eyes, I could hear that rooster squall.
[Yodel] The rooster squall.

I got up; I was sittin' by the fire, and I heard someone outside.
They come in the gate and up on the porch; I like to jumped out o' my hide.
The sheriff come up and he knocked on the door 'long about half-past two.
I said: "Mister Sheriff, what do you want?" He says: "I've come for you.
[Yodel] I've come for you."

Grabbed my pants; I jumped out the window, and I started off to run.
'Bout that time, he grabbed me by the collar, said: "I've got you, son of a gun."
Here in the jail for ninety days and it's home sweet home to me.
I'll get me another sack o' chickens the day that I get free.
[Yodel] The jailhouse blues.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHERE IS THE CHICKEN IN THE CHICKEN CHOW…
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Apr 17 - 12:27 AM

WHERE IS THE CHICKEN IN THE CHICKEN CHOW MEIN?
As recorded by Al Trace and His Musicians, 1944.

I walked into a restaurant
And told the waiter what I want,
And what I wanted was a dish of chicken chow mein.
The waiter brought it on a tray.
I started eatin' right away,
And right away I started to complain:

Hey! Where is the chicken in the chicken chow mein,
Chick-chicken chow mein, chick-chicken chow mein?
Can't find the chicken in the chicken chow mein.
Chick-chicken, where can you be?

There's oodles of noodles and there's plenty of rice,
Yes plenty of rice, whoa, plenty of rice.
The onions and celery are tasty and nice,
But chicken, where can you be?

I've looked high; I've looked low.
Can't be found, no, no, no.
I've looked here; I've looked there,
But the dog-gone chicken isn't anywhere!

Where is the chicken in the chicken chow mein,
Chick-chicken chow mein, chick-chicken chow mein?
Where is the chicken? I am goin' insane.
Chick-chicken where can you be?

Where is the chicken in the chicken chow mein,
Chick-chicken chow mein, chick-chicken chow mein?
I keep on lookin' all in vain.
Waiter, can't you hear me kickin'?
Don't you serve a little chicken
When a fellow orders chicken chow mein?


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Subject: Lyr Add: A CHICKEN CAN WALTZ THE GRAVY AROUND
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Apr 17 - 09:53 AM

A CHICKEN CAN WALTZ THE GRAVY AROUND
As recorded by Stovepipe* on Okeh 8543, 1927.

My wife she called me to breakfast; I walked right to the gate.
She set me down to table to chicken on my plate.
I grabbed my knapsack on my shoulder, said: "Honey, you be too late."
In fifteen minutes by any man's watch, there's a chicken on my plate.

CHORUS: Oh, chicken, oh, chicken, you can fry 'em nice and brown.
Oh, chicken, oh, chicken, you can waltz the gravy around.
Oh, chicken, oh, chicken, I don't mean no fault** to that.
For chicken grow in this town, and their wings can't get too fat.

Oh, when I come to a neighborhood, chickens know just what I mean.
Chickens skippin' and dodgin'; no chickens can't be seen.
The hen she said to the rooster: "Lord, there ain't no use to hide.
Got a shotgun and it hurts to run and our wings can't roost too high."


* Not much is known about this performer. He is not the same person as Daddy Stovepipe. On this recording, when he is not singing, he seems to be blowing into a jug, or something similar, and playing guitar at the same time. The song sounds like a reworking of "Chicken You Can Roost Behind the Moon" recorded by The Beale Street Sheiks.

By the way, I Googled "by any man's watch," thinking it sounded like a folk saying, and the only instance I found, besides this song, is in a Fenimore Cooper novel. Maybe Stovepipe was a literate man!

For more information about Stovepipe, see Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City by Steven C. Tracy. My transcription is based on one in that book, but I made some corrections based on my own hearing.

**In the second chorus, he sings "I find no fault."


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKEN BLUES (York Brothers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Apr 17 - 11:20 PM

This is a rockabilly song:


CHICKEN BLUES
As recorded by The York Brothers, 1951.

If you don't like chicken, leave that hen alone.
Well, if you don't like chicken, leave that hen alone.
She'll give you so much chicken, you can't do a thing but moan.
She'll give you chicken with your coffee, chicken with your wine,
Chicken, chicken, chicken till you lose your mind.
If you don't like chicken, leave that hen alone.
She'll give you so much chicken, you can't do a thing but moan.

You're a big red rooster, but that don't mean a thing.
Well, you're a big red rooster, but that don't mean a thing.
If you mess around with her, she surely will clip your wing.
She'll give you chicken in the mornin', chicken after noon,
Chicken, chicken, chicken 'neath the harvest moon.
Well, if you don't like chicken, leave that hen alone.
She'll give you so much chicken, you can't do a thing but moan.

She'll give chicken in the mornin', chicken after noon,
Chicken, chicken, chicken 'neath the harvest moon.
Well, if you don't like chicken, leave that hen alone.
She'll give you so much chicken, you can't do a thing but moan.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,john
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 09:57 AM

blues song I heard on the radio, but cant find online, can you help?

lyrics were the following:

"couple with a chicken in a gunny sack,
walk a mile to the market down an old dirt track,
couple with a chicken in a gunny sack,
the three went out, but only two came back."


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Subject: Lyr Add: I GET THE NECK OF THE CHICKEN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Apr 17 - 01:44 PM

I GET THE NECK OF THE CHICKEN
Words by Frank Loesser; music by Jimmy McHugh, 1942.
Sung by Marcy McGuire in the film "Seven Days' Leave" (1942).

I suspect Loesser did not actually write all the following lyrics. Several bands have recorded this as a jazz piece with lots of instrumental improvisation and scat singing.

[A] As recorded by Cab Calloway in July, 1942.

I get the neck of the chicken; I get the rumble-seat ride.
I get the leaky umbrella; ev'ryone shoves me aside.
When I jump in my shower each morn,
Sure as fate, I'm too late; all the hot water is gone.
I get the neck of the chicken; I got the hand-me-down shawl,
And when there's company weekend, I get the couch in the hall.
That's why I can't get over this dream comes true:
If it get the neck of the chicken, tell me baby, how did I ever get you?

[B] As sung by Phil Harris in an archived radio program: "The Jack Benny Program: Jack and Phil Go Target Shooting," from Nov. 1, 1942, which you can hear at The Internet Archive. The song begins at 7:46.

I get the neck of that chicken; I get the burnt piece o' toast.
I get the seat in the movies, smack-o in back of a post.
When I jump in my shower each morn,
Sure as fate, I'm too late, and that hot water is gone.
I get the neck of the chicken; I get the plate with the cracks.
I get those ev'nings with Grandma; ev'ryone else can relax.
That's why I can't get over this dream that came true:
If I get the neck of the chicken, well, how did I ever get you?

Yes, I get the neck of that chicken; seems like I'm under a curse.
I get the neck of the chicken; sometimes I get the reverse.
That's why I can't get over this dream that came true:
If I get the neck of that yard-bird, then how did I ever get you?

[C] From Bob Dorough on "Right on My Way Home" (1997):

I get the wing and the tailbone; I get a hair in my plate.
Even these iv'ries [plays a piano glissando] are whalebone; ev'ryone treats me great.
{I wake up early one mornin', rush down to the P.O. to mail a very important package.
I get to the P.O. and the P.O. is closed. It's a holiday. What holiday?}*
I get the liver and the gizzard; I get the fat and the rind.
When I get caught in a blizzard, I've left my rubbers behind.
That's why I can't get over this dream come true:
Now, if it get the neck of the chicken, how did I ever get you?

*These 2 lines are sung or recited very free-form, not matching the rhythm of the tune.

[D] From Paul Cohen & Friends on "I Want You Back" (2011):

I get the neck of the chicken; that's how they give me the bird;
And in the family snapshot, mine is the face that's all blurred.
When the morning paper comes to the door,
Sure as fate, I'm too late, and I don't get it till four.
I get the neck of the chicken; I get the plate with the cracks.
I get those evenin's with Grandma; ev'ryone else can relax.
That's why I can't get over this fine howdy-do:
If I get the neck of the chicken, how did I ever get you?

[E] From Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Band on "Cartoon Logic" (2013):

I get the neck of the chicken; I get the rumble-seat ride.
I get the leaky umbrella; ev'ryone shoves me aside.
When I jump in my shower each morn,
Sure as fate, I'm too late; all the hot water is gone.
I get the neck of the chicken; I get the hand-me-down tie.
I get the cold mashed potatoes; I get the small piece of pie.
That's why I can't get over this dream that's come true:
If I get the neck of the chicken, well, how did I ever get you?

Yeah, I get the neck of the chicken; I get the worst jobs at work,
And when I go to the cleaners, I get that clerk that's a jerk.
Vacation time down in old Monterrey,
Scalawags stole my bags, and it rained ev'ry day.
I get the neck of the chicken; I get the hand-me-down shawl,
And when there's company weekends, I get the couch in the hall.
That's why I can't get over this bolt from the blue:
If I get the neck of the chicken, baby, how did I ever get you?


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: eftifino
Date: 12 Apr 17 - 04:22 AM

may have been mentioned already, but: The Moron Brothers'The Rooster Song'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvb5NSQ8s7Q


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LIKE MY CHICKEN FRYIN' SIZE (M Travis)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Apr 17 - 08:25 AM

I LIKE MY CHICKEN FRYIN' SIZE
Written by Merle Travis

[A] As recorded by Johnny Bond, 1947:

1. I like my chicken fryin' size hangin' aroun' my pen:
Young an' tender an' not so wise, like some ol' stewin' hen,
'Cause she's done seen a lot
Of ever' rooster in the flock,
So I like my chickens fryin' size when I get my skillet hot.

2. Well, I like my chickens fryin' size, an' I betcha that you'll agree
That a purty little pullet flyin' by sure looks heavenly.
From the day that I was born
Till Gabri'l blows his horn,
If I don't like my chickens fryin' size, then roastin' ears ain't corn.

3. Well, I like my chickens fryin' size just when they're good an' grown.
I know it would be oh-so nice to have a chicken all my own,
So I'll resist as long as I can,
Not to steal from another man,
But I must have chickens fryin' size when I put 'em in the fryin' pan.

4. REPEAT VERSE 1.

[B] Additional verse recorded by Merle Travis, 1947:

Well, I like my chicken fryin' size; chicken just can't be beat.
Nothin' in the world can satisfy like that good ol' chicken meat.
Now the south has brought the fame
[To] that fryin' chicken's name,
But any little chicken fryin' size is purty well near the same.


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: eftifino
Date: 13 Apr 17 - 03:26 AM

Neil Diamond Hot August night :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiaY8ONMc4g


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE'S A TRICK IN PICKIN' A ... CHICKEN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Apr 17 - 08:07 AM

THERE'S A TRICK IN PICKIN' A CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN
Words by Charles Tobias & Coleman Goetz; music by J. Russel Robinson.
As recorded by Wendell Hall, 1927.

INTRO: What's this old world a-comin' to?
Where's this old world a-goin' to?
With this bustlin' hustlin' up today's ways,
Each invention brings a change—
Somethin' new an' somethin' strange;
But what puzzles me are the gals of nowadays.

1. Oh, the way they're a-dressin' an' the things they a-do
Keeps me a-guessin', I'm a- tellin' you.
There's a trick in pickin' a chick-chick-chicken today.
Grey-haired granny an' sister Sue—
I can't tell 'em apart; can you?
There's a trick in pickin' a chick-chick-chicken today.
You must be wise; you must be gifted
To recognize a face that's lifted.
Oh, the way they're a-dressin' an' the things they a-do
Keeps me a-guessin', I'm a-tellin' you.
There's a trick in pickin' a chick-chick-chicken today.

2. Oh, the way they're a-dressin' an' the things they a-do
Keeps me a-guessin', I'm a-tellin' you.
There's a trick pickin' chicken, a chick-chick-chicken today.
My great-grandmother, eighty-three,
Wears a skirt up above the knee.
There's a trick pickin' chicken, a chick-chick-chicken today.
A baby's style would sure delight you.
She'll say: "If I had teeth, I'd bite you."
She bobs her hair an' she shows her ears.
She's been foolin' 'em sixty years.
There's a trick pickin' chicken, a chick-chick-chicken today.

3. Oh, the way they're a-dressin' an' the things they a-do
Keeps me a-guessin', I'm a-tellin' you.
There's a trick pickin' chicken, a chick-chick-chicken today.
Ev'ry moan on a saxophone
Empties out some old ladies' home.
There's a trick in pickin' a chick-chick-chicken today.
A man gets in an awful muddle.
He don't know who he's tryin' to cuddle.
Get a queen outside in the dark alone
Then find out she's a chaperone.
There's a trick in pickin' a chick-chick-chicken today.

[chicken sounds]
There's a trick in pickin' a chick-chick-chicken today.

[There were other early recordings by Benny Meroff & His Orchestra; Irving Kaufman; Nat Shilkret & Victor Orchestra with vocalist Johnny Marvin; Al Handler's Alamo Cafe Orchestra; The Golden Gate Orchestra with vocalist Jack Kaufman; Six Hayseeds; Six Jumping Jacks; California Humming Birds.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: IT TAKES THE OLD HEN TO DELIVER THE GOODS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Apr 17 - 02:10 PM

IT TAKES THE OLD HEN TO DELIVER THE GOODS
As recorded by Cliff Carlisle, 1936.

My shanghai rooster he's a wonderful chick.
There's never a rooster than he cannot lick.
He struts and he cackles way down in the woods,
But it takes the old hen to deliver the goods.

The old shanghai crows; he does it for fun.
He puts the old dominecker hen on the run.
They go for a walk way down in the woods,
And there the old hen delivers the goods.

The old dominecker delivers the goods
For the old shanghai way down in the woods.
The shanghai can crow while down in the woods,
But it takes the old hen to deliver the goods.

The old rooster crows way down in the woods,
And wishes that he could deliver the goods.
He stands back and watches way down in the woods
While the old dominecker delivers the goods.

[The tune resembles "The Man on the Flying Trapeze."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SINCE WE PUT A RADIO OUT IN THE HENHOUSE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Apr 17 - 06:44 PM

SINCE WE PUT A RADIO OUT IN THE HENHOUSE
Words and music by Chester Finley and Russ Hull, 1940.
As recorded by the Hoosier Hot Shots, 1941.

Since we put a radio out in the henhouse,
There's more cock-a-doodle in the rooster's crow.
Hens all sing like blue canaries,
Fill their nest with cackle-berries,
And they're twice as big as farmer brown's, I know. (I know.)
How the handles off the market basket saw hay(?) and groan,
And the crank has fallen off the telephone,
When the eggs begin to hatchin',
Ev'ry chicken comes out scratchin'
Since our henhouse has got a radio
(Since our henhouse has got a radio).

Now that radio we put out in the henhouse
Was the smartest thing we ever did, by Joe!
When they hear "cock-a-doodle"
Why, the hens all skiddoodle,
Cluckin' "When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!"
We was worried as could be; we had a mortgage due,
And we thought our farmin' days were nearly through (nearly through).
Now are troubles are over,
And we're ridin' in clover
Since the henhouse has got a radio
(Since our henhouse has got a radio).

[Also recorded by the Cass County Boys.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIGHTIN' LITTLE ROOSTER (Big Bill Broonzy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 12:35 PM

FIGHTIN' LITTLE ROOSTER
As recorded by Big Bill Broonzy, 1939.

Folks had a church on a chicken ranch.
The rooster spurred the dog on the mourner's bench.

CHORUS: He was a spurrin' little rooster, don't you know.
Oh, what a spurrin' little rooster, don't you know.
Yes, he was a spurrin' little rooster from that black hen's nest.

Rooster was scratchin corn in a tub.
Bull come out an' tried to take his grub.
Flopped his wings, made a pass,
Spurred that ol' bull in his yas, yas, yas. CHORUS

Barnum an' Bailey had come to town.
My brother taken the rooster to the circus groun'.
The rooster told the monkey: "Doggone your soul!"
Made that monkey climb a eight-foot pole,

CHORUS: He was a fightin' little rooster, don't you know.
Oh, what a fightin' little rooster, don't you know.
Yes, he was a fightin' little rooster from that black hen's nest.

He flopped his wings, started to crow,
Said: "I can whup any animal on this show."
The tiger come out from under the tent.
He spurred that tiger and away he went.

CHORUS: He was a spurrin' little rooster, don't you know.
Oh, what a fightin' little rooster, don't you know.
Yes, he was a fightin' little rooster from that black hen's nest.


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF YOU SEE MY ROOSTER (Memphis Minnie)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 04:48 PM

IF YOU SEE MY ROOSTER
As recorded by Memphis Minnie, 1936.

If you see my rooster, please run him on back home. (2x)
I have found no eggs in my basket since my rooster been gone.

I heard my rooster crowin' this mornin' just about the break o' day. (2x)
I guess that was the time he was makin' his getaway.

I just found out how come my hens won't lay. (2x)
Ev'ry time I look around, my rooster have done gone away.

I've got too many hens for not to have no roosters on my yard. (2x)
And I don't know what's the matter; something have done got him barred(?).

Now, Bob, if you see my rooster, please run him on back home. (2x)
I have found no eggs in my basket since my rooster been gone.

[I just realized this seems to be a source for Willie Dixon's LITTLE RED ROOSTER, recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1961.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: RED ROOSTER BLUES (Sonny Scott)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 05:48 PM

RED ROOSTER BLUES
As recorded by Sonny Scott, 1933.

I got a rooster in my back yard, been crowin' all day long. (2x)
I believe to my soul in my chicken wants some corn.

I went out last night tryin' to get myself two hens.
Lord, I went out last night; I [de]cide to get myself two hens.
Lord, to put with my rooster, 'cause I wants to hear him crow again.

Lord, he crowed this mornin', crowed 'fore the break o' day. (2x)
And it puts me on the wonder when my rooster crows that way.

I went out in my henhouse; I did not make a sound.
Lord, I went out in my henhouse; did not make a sound.
By that time my rooster is crowin' an' there weren't no hens around.

If my rooster don't stop crowin', baby, I don't what I'd do.
If my rooster don't stop crowin', don't what I'd do.
Because he wants one hen, baby; b'lieve I wants one too.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROOSTER (The Ravens)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 06:16 PM

ROOSTER
As recorded by The Ravens, 1947.

I got a great big rooster [that] runs in my back yard. (2x)
I bought that rooster when the times was hard.

Says, during the depression when you couldn't get eggs,
He kept me safer(?); didn't have to beg.

I got a great big rooster that runs in my back yard. (2x)
I bought that rooster when the times was hard.

He's a big red rooster; he's mixed with stripéd green. (2x)
He's a pretty old thing, but he's oh, so doggone mean.

I bought that rooster when the times was hard. (2x)
In fact, I stole him out o' Clem Williams' yard.

[This recording includes lots of patter that I have omitted.]


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Subject: RE: Songs about chickens
From: GUEST,Nipper Seaturtle
Date: 28 May 17 - 01:29 PM

I can't believe NON of the songs I know bout chickens are here!
Chicken Farm - Dead Kennedys
Don't Count Your Chickens - Honey Cone
How Funky is Your Chicken? - Jackson 5
Chicken - The Cramps
Chicken Little Was Right - The Turtles
Rooster - Alice in Chains
Drunken Blue Rooster - Todd Rundgren
Chicken Sqwuak - M.D.C.
Chicken - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Little Red Rooster - Cherry Vanilla


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