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The Cuckoo's Nest (Traditional) MIDI

See also: The Cuckoo's Nest (Kenneth Peacock)
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As I was a walking
one morning in May,
I met a pretty fair maid
and unto her did say:
"I'll tell you me mind,
it's for love I am inclined,
And me inclination lies
in your cuckoo's nest."

"Me darling," says she,
"I am innocent and young,
And I scarcely can believe
your false deluding tongue;
Yet I see it in your eyes
and it fills me with surprise,
That your inclination lies
in me cuckoo's nest."

Some like a girl who is pretty in the face,
And some like a girl who is slender in the waist;
But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist,
At the bottom of her belly lies the cuckoo's nest.

"Me darling," says me,
"if you can see it in me eyes,
Then think of it as fondness
and do not be surprised;
For I love you, me dear,
and I'll marry you I swear,
If you'll let me clap my hand
on your cuckoo's nest."

"Me darling," says she,
"I can do no such thing,
For me mother often told me
it was committing sin,
Me maidenhead to lose
and me sex to be abused,
So have no more to do
with me cuckoo's nest."

Some like a girl who is pretty in the face,
And some like a girl who is slender in the waist;
But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist,
At the bottom of her belly lies the cuckoo's nest.

"Me darling," says me,
"it's not committing sin,
But common sense should tell you
it is a pleasing thing;
For you were brought into this world
to increase and do your best,
And to help a man to heaven
in your cuckoo's nest."

"Me darling," says she,
"I cannot you deny,
For you've surely won my heart
by the rolling of your eye;
Yet I see it in your eyes
that your courage is surprised,
So gently lift your hand
into me cuckoo's nest."

Some like a girl who is pretty in the face,
And some like a girl who is slender in the waist;
But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist,
At the bottom of her belly lies the cuckoo's nest.

This couple they got married
and soon they went to bed,
And now this pretty fair maid
has lost her maidenhead;
In a small country cottage
they increase and do their best,
And he often claps his hand
on her cuckoo's nest.

Some like a girl who is pretty in the face,
And some like a girl who is slender in the waist;
But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist,
At the bottom of her belly lies the cuckoo's nest.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Cuckoo's Nest, published by E M A Hodges (London) sometime between 1846 and 1854, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth b.25(339) ....####

This variant is archived at the Digital Tradition DT #1409- CUKONEST without an accredited source. It is shown here to compare with Peacock's collected variant.

A single chorus of this song was added to three verses of chin music in a variant collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from Mrs Ellen Mary (Nellie) Musseau [1892-1973] of Mouse Island, Port-Aux-Basques, NL, and published as The Cuckoo's Nest in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.259-260, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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