Cuckoo (II), The (Camp Song)

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, I went to (St. Petersburg), where the water's so good, And I heard there a cuckoo bird As he sang in the wood. Oh-lee-ah, oh-lee-ah, Coo-ke-ya, Oh-lee-ah." The singer will marry his "maiden fair" when the winter ends
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (SongsOfManyNationss)
KEYWORDS: bird courting marriage campsong
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, pp. 145, 152, 176, 177, 185-186, 239, 346, 348, 419, 432, 497, 500, "The Cuckoo" (notes with a sample verse on p. 176 and a composite text on pp. 185-186, treated as a Version C of "An Austrian Went Yodeling"; bibliography on pp. 660-663, included with "An Austrian Went Yodelling")
SongsOfManyNations, "Kuckuxk (Cuckoo)" (1 text, 1 tune) (CC edition, p. 27)
48MuchLovedFolkSongs, p. 9, "Cuckoo -Kuckuk" (1 text, 1 tune)

cf. "From Out the Battered Elm Tree" (lyrics)
NOTES [69 words]: Note that this is neither the folk song "The Cuckoo" nor the camp song "The Cuckoo" found in Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsNThings, p. 101, though I suspect it was translated from a similar original to the latter. SongsOfManyNations says the original is Austrian although it gives no German words. The words in 48MuchLovedFolkSongs are slightly different; they may be a different translation (credited to "K.F.R."). - RBW
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