Lyrics

As I was a walkin' one morning in May
I met a pretty fair maid and unto her did say
For love I'm inclined and I'll tell you me mind
That me inclination lies in your cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says she, I am innocent and young
And I scarcely can believe your false deluding tongue
Yet I see it in your eyes and it fills me with surprise
That your inclination lies in me 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 me darling, says he, If you see it in me eyes
Then think of it as fondness and do not be surprised
For I love you me dear and I'll marry you, I swear
If you'll let me clap me hand upon your cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says she, I can do no such thing
For me mother often told me it was committing sin
Me maidenhead to lose and me sex to be abused
So have no more to do with me 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

Me 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

Then me darling, says she, I cannot you deny
For you've surely won me heart by the rovin' of your eye
Yet I see it in your eyes that your courage is surprise
So gently lift your hand in me 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

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

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

An English traditional song as sung by Ashley Hutchings and friends.

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