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Steve Gardham Lyr req: Come, give me a slice of your bread. (5) Come, give me a slice of your bread. 29 Apr 21


Hi all,
Difficult one and a long shot.
Trying to match up the following fragment with any other versions, sung by Emma Glover in Somerset in 1909. From what I can make out it appears to be written from the point of view of a cuckoo. I've checked out all the well-known cuckoo songs and it's not one of them.

Come, give me a slice of your bread,
And give me a part of your store,
And I will fly off on the first of July
And never cause trouble no more.

Away and away to the deep
What matter as I can't ride or sleep,
The roots in the earth is all gone,
And the forest looks chilly and cold.

And how would your dear heart be
To see me all covered with snow.

From what can be made out it appears to be a cuckoo explaining why she has to migrate. Possibly a broadside piece.

Any help would be great thank-you.


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