#01391
Upside Down Story (Macedward Leach)
See also: Rattlin' Bog (Irish Descendants)
And also:Rattlin' Bog (Crimson Pirates)
And also: Tree On A Hill (MacEdward Leach)

Way down in that beautiful field
There was a beautiful tree.
Tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was onto that tree?
There was a beautiful limb.
Limb on the tree, tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was onto that limb?
There was a beautiful nest.
Nest on the limb, limb on the tree,
Tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was into that nest?
There was a beautiful egg.
Egg in the nest, nest on the limb,
limb on the tree, tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was into that egg?
There was a beautiful yolk.
Yolk in the egg, egg in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the tree,
Tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was into that yolk?
There was a beautiful bird.
Bird in the yolk, yolk in the egg,
Egg in the nest, nest on the limb,
Limb on the tree, tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was onto that bird?
There was a beautiful neck.
Neck on the bird, bird in the yolk,
Yolk in the egg, egg in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the tree,
Tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was onto that neck?
There was a beautiful head.
Head on the neck, neck on the bird,
bird in the yolk, yolk in the egg,
egg in the nest, nest on the limb,
Limb on the tree, tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was onto that head?
There was a beautiful bill.
Bill on the head, head on the neck,
Neck on the bird, bird in the yolk,
Yolk in the egg, egg in the nest,
Nest on the limb, limb on the tree,
Tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field

What was onto that bill?
There was a beautiful tongue.
Tongue on the bill, bill on the head,
Head on the neck, neck on the bird,
Bird in the yolk, yolk in the egg,
Egg in the nest, nest on the limb,
Limb on the tree, tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

What was on to that tongue?
There was a beautiful song.
Song on the tongue, tongue on the bill,
Bill on the head,
Head on the neck, neck on the bird,
Bird in the yolk, yolk in the egg,
Egg in the nest, nest on the limb,
Limb on the tree, tree in the field,
Way down, way down in that beautiful field.

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

Collected in 1950 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 also collected in 1950 as Tree On A Hill 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 recorded by Irish Descendants as Rattlin' Bog.

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.


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