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Origins: The Moo Cow Song

25 Jun 12 - 01:35 PM (#3367815)
Subject: ADD: The Moo Cow Song
From: Chris Amos

At our village street party I was speaking to one of our neighbours who is now in her 70s. She knows I am interested in folk music and started telling me about a song she learnt from her grandmother, her cousin was there and they sung it to me, a very nice job they made of it too.
She said that she had never come across the song other than in her own family. I must admit it is not familiar to me either.
It looks a bit like a Victorian parlour song, has anyone else come across anything like it.

THE MOO COW SONG

Walking through the fields , it happened by the way
Mother Cow I had to pass lying down upon the grass
Do you eat or drink or do the cud you chew
Tell me do what good are you, moo cow moo

Moo moo moo she answered and she meant to say
Night and morning without fail Mary comes with stool and pail
To the dairy then she takes my milk away,
Butter, cream and cheese to please you get next day

When I'm dead the butcher sells my meat to you
Master tanner takes my hide and of what is left beside
People take my horns, my hooves they take for glue
And that's the end my little friend of moo cow moo.

Thanks

Chris


25 Jun 12 - 02:20 PM (#3367823)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Mick Tems

Interesting song. My lioving partner, O--- the f----er, has this delightful piece, which goes:

Moo cow, moo cow,
Standing in the field all day;
I envy you with nothing to do,
Nothing to do but stand and moo.
Moo cow, moo cow,
No wonder you're so brown;
Standing in the sunshine all day long
And if you're not standing up, you're lying down.

Should we publish a paper on this?


26 Jun 12 - 11:25 AM (#3368212)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Mo the caller

My mother used to sing a shorter version of the second song. Just lines 1,2,4& 8.


26 Jun 12 - 09:40 PM (#3368477)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: GUEST,Dani

First thing I thought when I saw this:

"I have a new cow, a moo cow, a true cow, named Caroline"


Dani


27 Jun 12 - 06:33 AM (#3368562)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Mick Tems

Just a thought: The well-known and well-loved Welsh triple-harper Robin Huw Bowen was researching some old traditional tunes when he came across one called Dacw Fuwch, the translation of which means: Look! A Cow!

I'll ask my love for the tune to her song. Just watch this space...


27 Jun 12 - 07:56 AM (#3368575)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Mo the caller

Upon a hill there stood a cow
It must've moved, it's not there now.

None of which gets us any nearer the origins of the first song in the thread.


27 Jun 12 - 05:30 PM (#3368837)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Chris Amos

Thanks guys, I wasn't very hopeful.
It has a good tune so I am working on a guitar accompaniment for it.

Chris


01 Nov 13 - 02:57 PM (#3572036)
Subject: ADD Version: The Moo Cow Song
From: GUEST

My grandmother sang the moo cow moo song to me when I was a child. Slightly different version.

THE MOO COW SONG

Walking through the field it happened on the way,
a mother cow I had to pass, laying down upon the grass,
Do you eat and sleep and chew your cud all day,
tell me true what good ate you? Do cow pray.

Moo moo moo she answered but she ment to say,
night and morning without fail,
Mary brings her stool and pail,
To the dairy then she takes my milk away,
butter cheese and cream to please you, get next day.

When I'm dead the butcher sells my meat to you.
Mr Tanner buys my hide and of what is left beside,
people take my horns for coombs my hooves for glue.
That's the end my little friend of moo cow moo


01 Nov 13 - 06:54 PM (#3572086)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Airymouse

My father sang,
Moo cow don't bother me
Moo cow don't bother me
Moo cow don't bother me
'cause I belong to company G


02 Nov 13 - 08:34 AM (#3572188)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Mo the caller

I thought that one went 'shoo fly don't bother me'
Didn't your father like cows?


03 Nov 13 - 01:28 AM (#3572368)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Joe Offer

Usually, I'm a great fan of All Things Holstein, but I can't quite get used to either of these:
Hey, this one is almost folk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZOqorfPY40


28 May 16 - 07:03 AM (#3792581)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: Peter the Squeezer

How about this one from Sid Kipper?

Moo Cows Poo


28 May 16 - 12:11 PM (#3792632)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Moo Cow Song
From: keberoxu

This reminds me of Phoebe singing on an episode of "Friends":

"....and that's how we get hamburgers."