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Cluck Old Hen

My old (7b) hen's a 1 good old 4 hen
1 She lays eggs for the 5 railroad 1 men
Sometimes (7b) one, 1 sometimes 4 two
1 Sometimes enough for the 5 whole damn 1 crew

Cluck old (3b) hen, 1 cluck and 7b sing
1 Ain't laid an egg since 5 way last 1 spring
Cluck old (3b) hen, 1 cluck and 7b squall
1 Ain't laid an egg since 5 way last 1 fall

My old hen, she won't do
She lays eggs and 'taters too
Sometimes nine, sometimes ten
That's enough eggs for the railroad men

My old hen, she's raised on a farm
Now she's in the new ground diggin' up corn
The first time she cackled, she cackled a lot
Next time she cackled, she cackled in the pot

Had a little hen, she had a wooden leg
The best darn hen that ever laid an egg
Laid more eggs than any hen around the barn
Another little drink wouldn't do me any harm

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Big Print Songs
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Family Tradition
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A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.