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Origins: The Magpie (David Dodds)

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THE MAGPIE
THE MAGPIE 2


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In Mudcat MIDIs:
The Magpie 2 (noted by Peter Kennedy and S. O'Boyle from Annie Jane Kelly at Keady, Armagh, in 1952, as The Magpie's Nest. The tune is a variant of The Cuckoo's Nest Midi made from notation in Kennedy's Folk Songs of Britain and Ireland, 1975.)


16 Dec 96 - 04:37 AM
dick greenhaus 14 Dec 96 - 09:24 AM
LaMarca 13 Dec 96 - 05:46 PM
Doc 09 Dec 96 - 07:51 PM
Martin Ryan 09 Dec 96 - 09:40 AM
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Subject: RE: The Magpie
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Date: 16 Dec 96 - 04:37 AM

LaMarca: Many thanks. I half-guessed that it might be somethning like that. I've seen the "Devil, Devil.." bit quoted as a kind of charm. As you say, a great song anyway and a perfect air. Best Wishes

Dick I knew it was there - it was what it meant that was puzzling me!

Martin


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Subject: RE: The Magpie
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Dec 96 - 09:24 AM

Oh, THAT Magpie. It's in the database: Search for Magpie.


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Subject: RE: The Magpie
From: LaMarca
Date: 13 Dec 96 - 05:46 PM

The Magpie uses an old children's counting rhyme for its chorus; the same rhyme "One's for sorrow, two's for joy, etc" is used for counting crows (there's a gorgeous children's picture book of it by an author whose name escapes me; I have it at home) and for counting bluebirds (there's a Jean Ritchie song about that). Other than that, David Dodds simply compiled many of the old folk beliefs about magpies and other members of the corvine family into a really neat song.


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: MAGPIE'S NEST (from Peter Kennedy)
From: Doc
Date: 09 Dec 96 - 07:51 PM

Hi Martin!

In Peter Kennedy's book "Folksongs of Britain and Ireland" there's a tune called the "Magpie's Nest". He classifies it as a "song of seduction".

[4/4 time]

The lyrics follow:

(C) For if (C) I were a king
Sure, I would make you a queen
I would (Bflat) roll you in my arms
Where the (F) meadows they are green
Yes, I'd (C) roll you in my heart's content
I will (F) sit you (C) down to (F) rest
Long(C) sides me Irish (G) colleen
In the (C) mag-(F) pie's (C) nest

(Chorus: Mouth music at a little quicker pace)
(Am) Skiddly-idle-daddle-diddle- (G) didle-dadle-dum
Di- (Bflat) didle-dadle-dum-daddle- (F) diddle-didle-dum
Skiddly-(C) idle-daddle- (F) diddle-(C) dadle-diddle-didle- (F) dum
I will (C) l'ave you down to (G) rest (G7) in the (C) mag- (F) pie's (C) nest

For the magpie's nest
It is a cottage neat and clean
It stands 'longside the Shannon
Where the meadows they are green
But I never met a colleen
With such beauties blest
Like the little Irish fairy
In the magpie's nest

For I have wandered all through Kerry
I have wandered all through Clare
From Dublin down to Galway
From there to God knows where
But I never met a colleen
With such beauties blest
Like the little Irish fairy
In the magpie's nest

Hope this helps - beware of the chord changes in the chorus.
I'm not real good with Skiddly-idle-dums.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 2-May-03.


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Subject: The Magpie
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 09 Dec 96 - 09:40 AM

Anyone know anything more about "The Magpie" - apart from the bald statement in the DT that It was written by "Dave Dodds"?

Thanks

Martin Ryan


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