#01390
Tree On A Hill (MacEdward Leach)
See also: Rattlin' Bog (Irish Descendants)
And also: Rattlin' Bog (Crimson Pirates)
And also: Upside Down Story (MacEdward Leach)

Upon this hill they are a tree,
A very fine tree, and a curious tree,
The tree on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree on the hill, and the hill there still,
And forever will you, oh, my handsome curious tree.

On this limb they are a nest ,
A very fine nest, and a curious nest,
The nest on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree on the hill, and the hill there still,
And forever will he, oh, my handsome curious tree.

In this nest they are a egg,
A very fine egg, and a curious egg,
The egg on the nest, and the nest on the limb,
And the limb on the tree, and the tree on the hill,
And the hill there still, and forever will he,
Oh, my handsome curious tree.

In this egg they are a bird,
A very fine bird, and a curious bird,
The bird in the egg, and the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree on the hill, and the hill there still,
And forever will he, oh, my handsome curious tree.

On this bird they are a feather,
A very fine feather, and a curious feather,
A feather on the bird, and the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest, and the nest on the limb,
And the limb on the tree, and the tree on the hill,
And the hill there still, and forever will he,
Oh, my handsome curious tree.

On this feather they are a down,
A very fine down, and a curious down,
The down on the feather, and the feather on the bird,
And the bird in the egg, and the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the limb, and the limb on the tree,
And the tree on the hill, and the hill there still,
and forever will he, oh, my handsome curious tree.

On this tree they are a root,
A very fine root, and a curious root,
The root on the tree, and the down on the feather,
And the feather on the bird, and the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest, and the nest on the limb,
And the limb on the tree, and the tree on the hill,
And the hill there still, and forever will he,
Oh, my handsome curious tree.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional cumulative song, Tree In The Wood .... ####

Collected in 1950 from Michael (Mike) A Kent [1904-1997] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected in 1950 as Upside Down Story from Theresa White [ca.1934-?] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded by Irish Descendants as Rattlin' Bog.

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.


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