Chicken Pecking on a Tamborine
DESCRIPTION: "As I went down to a 'tater patch, Tou-rink, dur-ink, fol-dink a-di-de-o... Up jumped an old chicken and she did scratch." "Went to the river and I couldn't get across." "Up jumped an old hen and told me of her dream... chckens a-pecking on a tambourine"
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Browne)
KEYWORDS: humorous nonballad floatingverses river bird chickens dream
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Browne 185, "Chicken Pecking on a Tambourine" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Turkey in the Straw" and all the other floating verse songs ("Went to the river" verse and other floating material)
NOTES [49 words]: Enough of this is found in various versions of "Turkey in the Straw" that I would probably have lumped them if the tune were the same. But it isn't; this has a six-line stanza: First line, nonsense chorus line, first line repeated, two more verse lines, and a second nonsense chorus line." - RBW
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