“The Hen and the Duck”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Gardner/Chickering)
Keywords: bird chickens death drowning river
Found in: US(MW)

Description

"The hen to herself said one beautiful day, Cluck, cluck, The day is so fine we'll step over the way And call on my neighbor and friend Madam Duck." The hen warns her chicks not to join the ducklings in the water -- but the chicks don't listen and drown

Supplemental text

Hen and the Duck, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Emelyn Elizabeth Gardner and Geraldine Jencks Chickering,
Ballads and Songs of Southern Michigan, p. 473. "Sung in 1934 by Mrs.
John Lamberton, Belding."

The hen to herself said one beautiful day, "Cluck, cluck,
The day is so fine we'll step over the way
And call on my neighbor and friend Madam Duck,
Who lives by the side of the beautiful brook,
Cluck, cluck -- cluck, cluck -- cluck, cluck!"

And so they jumped in, but alas they soon found
That chicks were not ducks, for the brood were all drowned.
"Peep, peep -- peep, peep -- peep, peep."

(stanzas 1, 6 of 6)

References

  1. Gardner/Chickering 199, The Hen and the Duck"" (1 text)
  2. ST GC199 (Partial)
  3. Roud #3712
  4. BI, GC199