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Sung in 1934 by Mrs. John Lambertson, Beldmg, who learned the song about 1885 in school in Greenville, Michigan.
i The hen to herself said one beautiful day, "Cluck, cluck, The day is so fine we'll step over the way And call on my neighbor and friend Madam Duck, Who lives by the side of the beautiful brook, Cluck, cluckócluck, cluckócluck, cluck!"
2   So, shaking her feathers, she called to her chicks And bade them be sure and keep close in her tracks, For having no one to attend them at home,
She had to take them ever abroad she would roam, "Cluck, cluckócluck, cluckó-cluck, cluck!"
3   "Good day, Madam Hen," said the duck to the fowl, "Quack, quackóquack, quack!
I hope you are well and your sweet chickens too, quack,
quack, And now let them go with my ducklings to play While we have a chat on the news of the day."
4   The hen said they might, but she cautioned them all,
"Cluck, cluckócluck, cluck!
For you cannot swim, my dear chickens," said she, "Cluck, cluckócluck, cluckócluck, cluck!"
5 Right straight to the brook the young ducks slid away, "Quack, quackóquack, quack,"
And called to the chickens to follow them there, "Quack,
quack." The chickens said, "Surely it's easy to float, peep, peep."
6 And so they jumped in, but alas they soon found
That chicks were not ducks, for the brood were all drowned. "Peep, peepópeep, peepópeep, peep."
{These "peep'/' are repeated more slowly and softly toward the end as the chic\s drown.)

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