Cuckoo's Nest, The
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As I was a-walking one morning in May,
I met a pretty fair maid and unto her did say:
"For love I am inclined and I'll tell you my mind,
that my inclination lies in your cuckoo's nest."
"My darling", says she, "I am innocent and young,
and I scarcely can believe your false deluding tongue.
Yet to see it in your eyes and it fills me with surprise
that your inclination lies in my cuckoo's nest."
Some like a girl who is pretty in the face,
and some like a girl who is slender in the waist.
But give me a girl that will wriggle and will twist.
At the bottom of the belly lies the cuckoo's nest.
"Then my darling", says he, "If you see it in my eyes,
then think of it as fondness and do not be surprised.
For I love you my dear and I'll marry you I swear
If you let me clap my hand on your cuckoo's nest."
"My darling", says she, "I can do no such thing,
for mother often told me it was committing sin,
my maidenhead to lose and my sense to be abused,
so have no more to do with my cuckoo's nest!"
"My darling", says he, "It is not committing sin,
but common sense should tell you it is a pleasing thing.
For you were brought into this world to increase and do your best,
and to help a man to heaven in your cuckoo's nest."
"Well, my darling", says she, "I cannot you deny,
for you surely won me heart by the roving of your eye,
yet to see it in your eyes that your courage is surprised
so gently lift your hand in my cuckoo's nest."
So this couple they got married and soon they went to bed
and now this pretty fair maid has lost her maidenhead.
In a small country cottage they increase and do their best,
and he often claps his hand on her cuckoo's nest.
Discography: Morris On (Ashley Hutchings)
History: See also #193
See also song #193