VIDEO: “THE COO-COO BIRD,” CLARENCE ASHLEY

I set this old bird a-flyin’ back in the twenties, and she’s been flyin’ round the country ever since. People sing this song all over. It’s called ‘The Coo-Coo Bird.’

“Gonna build me log cabin
On a mountain so high
So I can see Willie
As he goes passing by.

(REFRAIN)
“Oh, the coo-coo, she’s a pretty bird
She wobbles as she flies
She never says coo-coo
Till the fourth day July.

“I’ve played cards in England
I’ve played cards in Spain
I’ll bet you ten dollars
I beat you next game.

“Jack-a-Diamonds, Jack-a-Diamonds
I’ve known you from old
You’ve robbed my poor pocket
Of my silver and my gold.

“My horses ain’t hungry
They won’t eat your hay
I’ll drive on a little further
I’ll feed ‘em on my way.

“Oh, the coo-coo, she’s a pretty bird
She wobbles as she flies
She never says coo-coo
Till the fourth day July.”

Boo-Hooray wishes you all to have a safe and sane holiday, and try not to wobble as you fly.