The Cuckoo (song)
"The Cuckoo" (Roud 413) is a traditional English folk song. It has been covered by many musicians in several different styles. An early notable recorded version was performed by Appalachian folk musician Clarence Ashley with a unique banjo tuning.
The title of the song has multiple variations, including The Coo-Coo, The Coo-Coo Bird, The Cuckoo Bird, and The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird.
Lyrics usually include the line (or a slight variation):
According to Thomas Goldsmith of The Raleigh News & Observer, "The Cuckoo" is reportedly descended from an old folk ballad; it's an interior monologue where the singer "relates his desires — to gamble, to win, to regain love's affection."
Notable artists who have recorded The Cuckoo include:
Notes and references
- Lawrence, Andrew. "The Cuckoo". Community Guitar. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- "The Cuckoo". Grateful Dead Family. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- "The Cuckoo". Folkinfo. June 8, 2006. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
- Goldsmith, Thomas (February 6, 2005). "The beauty and mystery of ballads". The Raleigh News & Observer. p. G5.
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