#02227
The Cuckoo's Nest (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: The Cuckoo's Nest (Digital Tradition)
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Da dal la da da dal la dee dal la da da dal la,
Da dal la da da dal la dal dee dal la da da dal la,
Da la da da dal la dee dal la da da dal la da,
Da dal la da da dal la da da dal la die ya.

Da dal la da da dal la dee dal la da da dal la,
Da dal la da da dal la dal dee dal la da da dal la,
Da la da da dal la dee dal la da da dal la da,
Da dal la da da dal la da da dal la die ya.

Oh some love the girls who are pretty in the face,
And more love the girls who are neat around the waist,
But give me the girl with a wriggle and a twist,
At the bottom of her belly is a cuckoo's nest.

Da dal la da da dal la dee dal la da da dal la,
Da dal la da da dal la dal dee dal la da da dal la,
Da la da da dal la dee dal la da da dal la da,
Da dal la da da dal la da da dal la die ya.

####.... 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 with chin music was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from Mrs Ellen Mary (Nellie) Musseau [1892-1973] of Mouse Island, Port-Aux-Basques, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.259-260, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that 'chin' or 'mouth' music is a vocal imitation of instrumental music and is used for dancing when a fiddle or accordion is not handy. Some singers, like Mrs Musseau, become so proficient that they are often called upon even when instruments are available. Peacock added that the title verse of this song appears in Irish Country Songs by Herbert Hughes, who says the song was imported into Kerry from England in the nineteenth-century, and was a popular polka of the day.

Other examples of chin music collected by Kenneth Peacock can be found in the songs The Old Mayflower, Pork In The Cupboard, and I Got A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue, all of which were also sung by Mrs Musseau.

A variant without chin music is archived as The Cuckoo's Nest at the Digital Tradition DT #1409- CUKONEST without an accredited source.


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