“Henhouse Door (Who Broke the Lock?)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1894 (recording, Standard Quartette)
Keywords: jealousy theft farming floatingverses humorous nonballad animal chickens
Found in: US(SE,So)

Description

Floating verses: "Down in the henhouse, down on my knees/I thought I heard a chicken sneeze" "Hen... told the rooster, I love you best... you're a pop-eyed liar...." Ch.: "Who broke the lock? I don't know/Who broke the lock on the henhouse door..."

Long description

Floating verses: "Down in the henhouse, down on my knees/I thought I heard a chicken sneeze" "Hen and a rooster went out west/Hen told the rooster, I love you best/Rooster told the hen, you're a pop-eyed liar/Saw you in the alley with the big Shanghai" "My old hen's a good old hen/Ain't laid an egg since I don't know when" etc. Chorus: "Who broke the lock? I don't know/Who broke the lock on the henhouse door..."

Notes

The Bryant's Jubilee Quartet recordings are a perfect illustration of why discographers get migraines. - PJS

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