The Cuckoo Bird

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The Cuckoo (Traditional)


O, the cuckoo, she’s a pretty bird
She warbles, she warbles as she flies
She never says, “cuckoo”
'til the fourth, the fourth day of July

Jack of diamonds, jack of diamonds,
I’ve known you, I’ve known you of old
You robbed my poor pockets
of their silver, their silver and their gold

I’d rather be in some dark hollow
where the sun refused to shine
where the wild birds of heaven
come to me when I’m dying

Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha!
Ha, hmm-mm hmmm
hmm-mm hm hm hm

She sucks all sweet flowers
for to make her voice so clear
and she never says “cuckoo”
Til the summer, the summer is here

Give me turkey when I’m hungry
Give me whiskey, give me whiskey when I’m dry
Pretty women standing around me
Sweet heaven when I die

Ah, the cuckoo, she’s a pretty bird
She warbles, she warbles as she flies
She never says, “cuckoo”
til the fourth, the fourth day of July

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from Morning Light, released August 11, 2017

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