DESCRIPTION: The singer hushes a birdie she has in a bog, among a little moss. It runs away, she looks all day and finds it in a duck's nest. She bids it go home.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: separation lullaby bird
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 161, "Baw Burdie" (1 text)
NOTES: Lyle-Crawfurd2 says it "may be compared with 'The Lost Birdies, or The Hobe and the Robin.'" The action is similar but Henry's text is better organized and the singer is not an actor in that song. If I had more texts I might lump them together. - BS
I would suspect that we are to understand the bird as a cuckoo -- although I've never heard of a cuckoo parasitizing a duck; the lifestyles are too different. - RBW
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