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Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen

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CLUCK OLD HEN


GUEST 02 Aug 03 - 01:00 AM
Joe Offer 02 Aug 03 - 01:10 AM
Joe Offer 02 Aug 03 - 01:31 AM
Sorcha 02 Aug 03 - 10:01 AM
GUEST,John Hardly 02 Aug 03 - 10:05 AM
Charley Noble 02 Aug 03 - 11:07 AM
Forsh 02 Aug 03 - 01:20 PM
Jeri 02 Aug 03 - 01:43 PM
GUEST,Q 02 Aug 03 - 01:43 PM
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harpgirl 14 Mar 05 - 08:55 PM
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PHJim 03 Dec 09 - 11:52 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:00 AM

Does anyone know some more than the usual lyric for Cluck ol Hen?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:10 AM

Well, the lyrics we have in the Digital Tradition are here (click). Keep checking here in this thread, and see what else people can dig up.
-Joe Offer-
Here's the entry from the Traditional Ballad Index:

Cluck Old Hen

DESCRIPTION: "Cluck old hen, cluck and squall, you ain't laid an egg since way last fall." The exploits (?) of the hen are listed: "She laid eggs for the railroadmen." "The old hen cackled, cackled in the lot. Next time she cackled, she cackled in the pot"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (recording, Fiddlin' John Carson)
KEYWORDS: bird humorous nonballad chickens
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Warner 120, "Cluck Old Hen" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-New American Songster, p. 252, "Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Going to Crow" (1 text)
DT, CLUCKHEN*

RECORDINGS:
Banjo Bill Cornett, "Cluck Old Hen" (on MMOK, MMOKCD)
Grayson & Whitter, "Cluck Old Hen" (Champion 15629, 1928)
The Hill Billies, "Cluck Old Hen" (Vocalion 5179, 1927; on LostProv1)
Al Hopkins & his Buckle Busters, "Cluck Old Hen" (Brunswick 175; c. 1928; on CrowTold02)
Fiddlin' Powers & Family, "Cluck Old Hen" (Edison 52083, 1927)
Wade Ward, "Cluck Old Hen" [instrumental] (on LomaxCD1702)
Wade Ward & Bogtrotters, "Cluck Old Hen" (on Holcomb-Ward1)
File: Wa120

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions

The Ballad Index Copyright 2003 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: ADD Version: Cluck Old Hen
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:31 AM

Here's the version from Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne & Frank Warner Collection. The Warners collected it from Frank Proffitt in 1941. Sandy Paton recorded Proffitt singing this song in 1962, and the lyrics are almost the same [Folk-Legacy Records #FSA-1, Frank Proffitt of Reese, North Carolina (click for sample)]

CLUCK OLD HEN

CHORUS
Cluck old hen, cluck and squall
You ain't laid an egg since away last fall
Cluck old hen, cluck and sing
You ain't laid an egg since away last sprong

I have got
A good old hen
She lays eggs
For railroad men
CHORUS

My old hen
She won't do
She lays eggs
And taters too
CHORUS

The old hen cackled
Cackled in the lot
Next time she cackled
She cackled in the pot
CHORUS

one more verse the Warners got from Tom P. Smith of West Virginia:
    The old hen she cackled
    She cackled in the morn
    She cackled for the rooster
    To come get his pecker warm
Click here to search JC's ABC Tune Finder for this tune.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CLUCK OLD HEN
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 10:01 AM

Looks like most of them are close to same:



My old hen's a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes 8 and sometimes ten
That's enough for the railroad men

   Cluck old hen cluck and sing
   You ain't laid an egg since late last spring
   Cluck old hen cluck and squall
   Ain't laid an egg since late last fall

Cluck old hen cluck when I tell you
Cluck old hen or I'm gonna sell you
Last time she cackled cackled in the lot
Next time she cackles cackle in the pot

My old hen she's a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes 1 sometimes two
Sometimes enough for the whole damn crew

(http://bluegrasslyrics.com/all_song.cfm-recordID=sp265.htm)

Cluck old hen, cluck and sing
Ain't laid an egg since 'way last spring

Cluck old hen, cluck and squall
Ain't laid an egg since 'way last fall

My old hen's a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men

Sometimes one, sometimes two
Sometimes enough for the whole damn crew

Sometimes nine, sometimes ten
That's enough eggs for the railroad men

My old hen, she won't do
She lays eggs and taters too

The 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, cackled in the pot

(http://www.travellersunion.org/music/cluckOldHen.html)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,John Hardly
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 10:05 AM

...this addition:

Had an ol' hen, had a wooden leg
Best ol' hen that ever laid an egg
Laid more eggs than any hen around the farm
'nother nip o' whiskey won't do me any harm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 11:07 AM

Very nice, Joe:

"You ain't laid an egg since away last SPRONG"

Always needed a term for spings past.;~)

Spring has sprong,
And summer will soon be gong!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Forsh
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:20 PM

Hey Charlie Noble, that's a bit like: The spring has sprung, the grass is green (Mmm) the bird is on the wing, but that's absurd, how can the bird be on the wing, when the wing is clearly on the bird?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:43 PM

Forsh - doesn't fit the rhythm of the song. Try:

Green is the grass and sprung is the spring
All the little birds are on the wing

But I think that's just plain absurd
The bird ain't on the wing, the wing's on the bird

Cluck old hen, cluck and scratch
One of them eggs may someday hatch

A wooly chick had my old hen
Been foolin' around with the sheep again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:43 PM

"Cluck Old Hen"
Fiddle with guitar accompaniment, audio, on American Memory.
Henry Reed, fiddle, Watha Reed, guitar. Glen Lyn, VA, 1966.

Musical Features
Key: A
Meter: 4/4
Strains: 2(high-low, 2-2)
Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r
Phase structure: AB QR (aba'c qrq'c)
Compass: 10

Notes: "Well-known tune and song through the Appalachian South, quite distinct from another barnyard evocation, "Cackling Hen," which is played in G. The song... consists of a series of playful verses. As an instrumental tune, it is popular on both fiddle and banjo. On the fiddle, one of the tune's special features is the "cluck" made by left-hand picking of the strings. In Henry Reed's second performance (AFS 13703b26) [the audio provided], the "cluck" is the open E-string, though other fiddlers use both the E and A-strings, or even the E, A, and D-strings. ....."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 01:48 PM

Forgot to mention, the tune is in "Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection (American Memory).


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Subject: Lyr Add: CLUCK OLD HEN
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 12:56 PM

There is a long entry, with lyrics, at Ceolas, The Fiddler's Companion (in combined article with "Cacklin' Hen," scroll down). Some stray verses:

Cluck old hen, cluck for your corn,
Cluck old hen, your winter's all gone.

I had a little hen, she had a wooden leg,
The best danged hen that ever laid eggs.

Lair more eggs than the hens around the barn,
Another little drink wouldn't do me no harm (Tommy Jarrell)

Cluck old hen, cluck all night,
Soon you will be Chicken Delight.

Possible, possible, my fat hen.
She lays eggs in the relative when.
She might lay eggs in the positive now,
If only she could postulate how.

Possible, probable, my black hen
She lays eggs in the relative when
She can't lay eggs in the positive now
For she's unable to postulate how (Spark gap Wonder Boys)

Cluck old hen, cluck I tell you,
Don't lay an egg, I'm a-gonna sell you (Joel Shimberg)

My old hen died, what'll I do,
Guess I'll have some chicken stew. (Neal Walters)

Cluck old hen, cluck I say,
The Dow-Jones average is down today.
Cluck old hen, cluck six-ten,
The Dow-Jones average is down again. (Neil Rossi)

The old hen she cackled,
She cackled in the morn;
She cackled for the rooster
To come get his pecker warm (Tom P. Smith, West VA.)

and others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 10:31 PM

In respect of the Traditional Ballad index entry that Joe posted above, there is no mention in Meade et alia or in Wiggins' discography in his Carson biography that Carson ever recorded 'Cluck Old Hen'. It seems the ballad index has confused it with Carson's 1923 recording of 'The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster Is Going to Crow' which Meade et alia give under the discrete heading of the 'Cacklin' Hen' family. The earliest recording of 'Cluck Old Hen' was by Fiddlin' Powers and Family in 1927.

The earliest printed reference given by Meade for 'Cluck Old Hen' is to Talley 'Negro Folk Rhymes' pp 50 and 93. Masato and/or Q may have access to this.

--Stewie.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD HEN CACKLED
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 11:24 PM

Ceolas lists "Cluck Old Hen" in the repertory of Fiddlin' Cowan Powers, recorded by Edison in 1925.

Talley, "Negro Folk Rhymes," expanded edition of 1992 (original 1922) has a rhyme called "The Old Hen Cackled," which belongs with Carson's recording of 1923 (see Stewie, above). #69, p. 44.
Can't find any rhymes suggestive of "Cluck Old Hen" in this edition of Talley. Meade probably referred to the first edition of 1933. Talley does not date or indicate sources for the rhymes; perhaps these data are in his manuscript notes.

THE OLD HEN CACKLED

The ole hen she cackled,
An' stayed down in de bo'n.
She git fat an' sassy
A-eatin' up de co'n.

De ole hen she cackled,
Git great long yaller laigs.
She swaller down de oats,
But I don't git no aigs.

De ole hen she cackled,
She cackled in the lot.
De nex' time she cackled.
She cackled in de pot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 12:32 AM

Thanks, Q. This is curious. The reference is definitely with 'Cluck Old Hen' - Macmillan 1922 edition, reissued by Kennikat Press 1968. The earliest printed reference in Meade for 'Cacklin' Hen' family, which includes 'Old Hen Cackled, is Emma Bell Miles 'The Spirit of the Mountains' James Pott & Co 1905, reprinted 1975 by Uni of Tennessee Press.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: masato sakurai
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 01:12 AM

My copy is also a much edited edition (1991) by Charles K. Wolfe. I've seen (but don't have) the Kennikat Press edition, which I believe is an unaltered facsimile of the 1922 original.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 01:34 PM

Sorry- date is 1922 for the original Talley, not 1933. My edition also is the Wolfe 1991 revision.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: harpgirl
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 08:55 PM

Help! I need a banjo tuning for "Cluck old Hen".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: John Hardly
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 09:05 PM

however you tune for "A" modal.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: John Hardly
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 09:07 PM

eGDGCD capo 2


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: masato sakurai
Date: 14 Mar 05 - 09:18 PM

"Cluck Old Hen" (Key of A Dorian) tab is here (pdf).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: harpgirl
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 07:37 AM

thanks, John, got it! Someone showed me Sunday at Willfest and I promptly forgot it!

I' mo not good at tab, masato but I'll look at this tonight. I play better by hear and eye on someone else...


love, harpgirl


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 05:23 PM

so this thread looks long dead, but in case anyone is reading, i got a version of this from dwight diller that i play on my long neck tuned aADAD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,Murray on Saltspring
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 01:05 AM

Yes, but have the origins been worked out yet?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: PHJim
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:52 AM

Bryan Bowers sings:

Cluck old hen, cluck when I tell yah
Cluck old hen or I'ma gonna sell yah.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 09:19 PM

Nice that this old thread is clucking along.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,Bryce
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 12:18 AM

Is the hen a prostitute who services rail workers at train stops? And is the guy who is singing the song her pimp?

-Bryce


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
From: GUEST,Mr. Trashcan Bass
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 01:35 PM

@Bryce that would be the implication. Here's my take on it.

My old hen cluck and squall, ain't laid eggs since late last fall.
My old hen cluck and sing, still no eggs by the spring.

Then the rail men came to town, she started laying them eggs down.
First came two then came four, railroad men still wanted more.

When the train rolled away, that old hen she wouldn't lay.
When she heard the train roll in, she started layin' them eggs again.

She layed eight then layed ten, that was enough for the railroad men.
Soon as the rail men left our town, she stopped layin' them eggs down.

That old hen wouldn't lay for me, I tried being sweet and I tried being mean.
That old hen liked sweaty men, that's the only time she'd lay again.

That old hen liked sweaty men, that's the only time she'd lay again.
She clucked in the yard and she clucked in the lot, next time she clucked she was in the pot.


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