“The Cuckoo” folksong, US and UK

Here’s the original song, a Scottish ballad published in the 18th century, in an arrangement by John Rutter:

And an American variant by Doc Watson and his son Merle:

(and again by Watson and Clarence Ashley on the Folkways record label):

Bob Dylan was a passionate listener to the records put out by Folksways, and played his own version of this song at the Gaslight in 1962 (which was available on bootleg for decades, but released on a regular album in 2005):

 

More on the Cuckoo at Wikipedia

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