Bird's Courting Song, The (The Hawk and the Crow; Leatherwing Bat)

DESCRIPTION: Various birds talk about their attempts at courting, and the effects of their successes and failures. Example: "Said the hawk to the crow one day, Why do you in mourning stay, I was once in love and I didn't prove fact, And ever since I wear the black."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1733 (broadside, Bodleian Harding Douce Ballads 2(243b)); other broadsides appear to date back to the seventeenth century "Woody Querristers" in the Roxburge collection
KEYWORDS: bird courting nonballad
FOUND IN: Ireland US(Ap,MW,NE,SE,So)
REFERENCES (23 citations):
Randolph 275, "The Crow Song" (5 texts, 1 tune, but only the first three texts are this piece, with the "B" and "C" texts mixing with "The Crow Song (I)")
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 152, "Birds Courting" (3 texts plus an excerpt; the "D" text may be mixed); also 156, "Said the Blackbird to the Crow" (the "D" text mixes this with "The Crow Song (I)")
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 152, "Birds Courting" (1 tune plus a text excerpt); 156, "Said the Blackbird to the Crow" (2 tunes plus text excerpts)
Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida #111, "The Woodpecker Song" (1 text); #112, "The Bird Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cox/Hercog/Halpert/Boswell-WVirginia-B, #20, pp. 170-171, "Pourquoi" (1 text, tune, probably amplified as it carefully has birds of all colors including some rarely encountered in nature)
Killion/Waller-ATreasuryOfGeorgiaFolklore, p. 225, "Sapsucker" (1 text)
Scarborough-OnTheTrailOfNegroFolkSongs, p. 193, (no title) (1 fragment, probably this)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 215, "The Bird Song" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Sharp/Karpeles-EightyEnglishFolkSongs 73, "The Bird Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Burton/Manning-EastTennesseeStateCollectionVol1, pp. 105-106, "The Bird Song"
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 295, "The Hawk and the Crow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-FolkSongUSA 4, "Leatherwing Bat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sturgis/Hughes-SongsFromTheHillsOfVermont, pp. 48-53, "Birds' Courting Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-TreasuryOfNewEnglandFolklore, pp. 573-574, "Bird's Courting Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Abrahams/Foss-AngloAmericanFolksongStyle, pp. 90-91, "Bird Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
McNeil-SouthernMountainFolksong, pp. 72-73, "Bird Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 397, "Leatherwing Bat" (1 text)
Tobitt-TheDittyBag, p. 44, "The Bird Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
SongsOfAllTime, p. 77, "The Bird Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
GirlScout-PocketSongbook, p. 18, "The Bird Song" (1 text 1 tune)
Olson-BroadsideBalladIndex, ZN968, "Give ear you lads and lasses all" (?); ZN2037, "Oh says the Cuckoo, loud and stout"; ZN2038, "Oh says the Cuckoo loud and stout"
ADDITIONAL: Bell/O Conchubhair, Traditional Songs of the North of Ireland, pp. 49-51, "The Hawk and the Crow" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #747 and 18169
Virgil Sandage, "The Birds' Song" (on FineTimes)
Pete Seeger, "Leatherwing Bat" (on PeteSeeger09, PeteSeegerCD02) (on PeteSeeger32)

Bodleian, Douce Ballads 2(243b), "The Woody Queresters" or "The Birds Harmony" ("Oh! says the cuckoo, loud and stout")[some words illegible], T. Norris (London), 1711-1732; also Douce Ballads 1(17b), "The Birds Lamentation"; Douce Ballads 3(110a), Douce Ballads 3(108a), "The Woody Choristers" or "The Birds Harmony" in two parts
cf. "Hind Horn" [Child 17] (tune)
cf. "The Crow Song" (floating lyrics)
cf. "The Old Man at the Mill" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Hoot Says the Owl" (lyrics)
cf. "The Bird-Catcher's Delight" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Douce Ballads 1(17b))
NOTES [67 words]: Cox's "Pourquoi" title is, in effect, the French term for "Just So Story"; Cox applied it because the piece he collected (in Missouri, though from an informant born in Kentucky) had no title.
Roud splits off Killion/Waller-ATreasuryOfGeorgiaFolklore's "Sapsucker" as #18169, but the first verse at least belongs here, and the rest is fairly nonsensical; I think it should be considered with this song. - RBW
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