The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird reel

The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A2B2 | c3c d2c2 | B4 G2A2 | B3B c2B2 | A4 E2G2 |
A3A B2c2 | B4 A2B2 | c3d e2f2 | g4 e2g2 |
a3a g2e2 | d4 B2c2 | d3d B2A2 | G4 A2B2 |
c3c d2c2 | B4 G2A2 | B3B c2B2 | A4 :|
2
X: 2
T: The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
"Moderato"C2|F2 F2 EC|FF F2 G2|B2 B2 GF|E4 C2|
F2 F2 EC|F2 F2 EC|F2 A2 B2|c4||
cB|A2 A2 ec|B2 B2 cB|A2 A2 GF|E4 C2|F2 F2 EC|F2 F2 c2|cB A2 G2|F2-F2||

One comment

A slow air…

Not a reel of course. There are many variants of the Cuckoo that have been collected in the USA and all of them are haunting and beautiful.

The tune I have posted is the way I know it and for me has many possibilities and variations. I have heard alot of Cuckoo’s and can’t name a specific source for my tune.

I was reminded of it while going through O’Neill’s Waifs at:
http://music.gordfisch.net/oregans/music/oneillswaifs.php

And it is there as:

X:31
T:Cuckoo, The
M:3/4
L:1/8
S:Miss Lucy Ray
R:Air
K:A
"Moderato"C2|F2 F2 EC|FF F2 G2|B2 B2 GF|E4 C2|
F2 F2 EC|F2 F2 EC|F2 A2 B2|c4||
cB|A2 A2 ec|B2 B2 cB|A2 A2 GF|E4 C2|F2 F2 EC|F2 F2 c2|cB A2 G2|F2-F2||