Music > Songs

Coo Coo Bird

 

About Coo Coo Bird

This folk-lyric song of British origin was one of the most common songs in Appalachia. The cuckoo bird is an ancient symbol for the coming of summer as well as a classical symbol of fickleness, false love, and infidelity.

Lyrics to Coo Coo Bird

Coo Coo Bird

Gonna build me a log cabin
On a mountain so high
So I can see Willie
As he goes on by

Oh, the coo-coo is a pretty bird
She wobbles/warbles as she flies
She never hollers coo-coo
'Til the fourth day of July

I've played cards in England
I've played cards in Spain
I'll bet you ten dollars
I'll beat you next game

Jack of diamonds, Jack of diamonds
I've known you from old
Now you've robbed my poor pockets
Of my silver and my gold

I've played cards in England
I've played cards in Spain
I'll bet you ten dollars
I beat you this game

Oh, the coo-coo is a pretty bird
She wobbles as she flies
She never hollers coo-coo
'Til the fourth day of July

Download Coo Coo Bird

(none presently available at this site)

Video of Coo Coo Bird

Compact Disc with Coo Coo Bird

(none presently available at this site)

Copyright © 2012 by Ballad of America, All rights reserved.