Little Girl and the Robin, The
DESCRIPTION: "There came to my window one morning in spring A sweet little robin that started to sing" "As soon as he had finished his... song A cruel young man with a gun came along. He killed... my sweet bird... No more will he sing at the break of the day"
AUTHOR: George J. Webb ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1889 (New First Music Reader)
KEYWORDS: bird death hunting music
FOUND IN: US(MW,So)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Randolph 880, "The Sweet Little Birdie" (2 fragments, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 538-539, "The Sweet Little Birdie" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 880A)
NOTES: If this were a traditional song, I'm sure folklorists would be all over it looking for a hidden meaning. Even though it seems to be composed, I suspect there is an additional meaning -- but I can't see what it is. - RBW
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