The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Cuckoo Bird

Gonna build me log cabin
On a mountain 7b so 1 high
So I can see Willie
As he goes 7b on 1 by

Oh, the Cuckoo, she's a pretty bird
She warbles as she flies
She never hollers cuckoo
'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
You've robbed my poor pockets
Of my silver and my gold

My horses ain't hungry
They won't eat your hay
I'll drive on little further
I'll feed 'em on the way

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.