English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The Bird Song
2   Hi, says the blue-jay as she flew,
If I was a young man I'd have two;
If one proved fickle and chanced for to go,
I'd have a new string to my bow.
3   Hi, says the little leather-winged bat, I will tell you the reason that,
The reason that I fly in the night Is because I lost my heart's delight.
4   Hi, says the little mourning-dove, I'll tell you how to gain her love. Court her night and court her day; Never give her time to say ' O nay'.
5   Hi, says the woodpecker sitting on a fence, Once I courted a handsome wench ;
She proved fickle and from me fled, And ever since then my head's been red.
6   Hi, says the owl with my eyes so big, If I had a hen I'd feed like a pig; But here I sit on a frozen stake, Which causes my poor heart to ache.
7   Hi, says the swallow sitting on a barn, Courting, I think, is no harm.
I pick my wings and sit up straight,
And hope every young man will choose his mate.
8   Hi, says the hawk unto the crow,
If you ain't black then I don't know. Ever since old Adam was born, You've been accused of stealing corn.
9   Hi, says the crow unto the hawk, I understand your great big talk. You'd like to pounce and catch a hen, But I hope the farmer will shoot you then.
io Hi, says the robin with a squirm, I wish I had a great big worm; I would fly away into my nest; I have a wife I think is the best