Old Grey Duck
Words English Cornish REFERENCES
Cornish Dialect and Folk Song, Ascherberg, Hopwood and Crew, London, 1932 p4. NOTES
Popularly sung in English and Cornmish in 2003.
Dunstan notes two tunes used with the words: an "Old Perranzabule Melody"
And Seven Joys of Mary to which it is currently normally sung in 2003.(Merv Davey)
The Old Grey Duck she stawl her nest and laid out in the fields
And when the young wauns they come forth they ad no tails nor beels
They ad no tails nor beels they ad no tails nor beels
And when the young wauns thay come forth they ad no tails not beels
Two eggs was addle, waun was broke, and they we thraw'd away
The young wauns couldn't clunk nor swem , they all died that saame day
They all die that same day..........................
Next time we'll put her in the barn, or tier her by the heels
The young wauns then will ave a chance to graw their tails and beels
To graw their tails and beels .....................
Dunstans melody is described as an "Old Perranzabuloe tune". It has a hint of Polly Wolly doodle about it - shades of the Goohanvern Banjo Band