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THE BIRD SONG (Traditional) Hi! says the blackbird, sitting on a chair, Once I courted a lady fair; She proved fickle and turned her back, And ever since then I'm dressed in black. 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. 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. 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 "0 nay." Hi! said 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. 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. Hi! says the swallow, sitting in a barn, Courting, I think, is no harm. I pick my wings and sit up straight And hope every young man will choose him a mate. 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. 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. Hi! says the robin, with a little 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. (Contributed by Andy & Mogg - March 2003)


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