where are you going little bird

by michelle
(Salisbury, md)

where are you going little bird little bird where are you going little birdie

does anyone know the rest?

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Jun 24, 2018
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Song My Mother Sang To Me NEW
by: Anonymous

I have sung this song all my life and have sung to my children and now my grandchildren and great grandchildren when I have an occasion to do it. I have taught my children and they are passing on this wonderful little song to their children. It is a wonderful childhood memory for me of my mama singing it to me. I thought that maybe her mother had sung it to her. My grandmother was Mary Combs Smith, born in 1894; my mother was Della Smith Hurt, born in 1915 and I am 73. I hope future generations will teach their children and hope they enjoy it as much as my family has.

Apr 29, 2018
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How I remember NEW
by: Jan

My dad sang this song to me growing up. It was with Sweet May but the ending was,"What can the little birdie sing?" Repeat 3 times "He can sing, Praise the Lord,(repeat 3 times, then ended with) Sweet May."

Mar 27, 2018
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Pretty Bird NEW
by: Anonymous

My mother who was born in 1912, learned this song in elementary school. she sang it to my when I was a child. Her version which was a little different. where are you going, pretty bird
I am going to the woods, sweet May.
the nest, 3 little eggs, they will be pretty birds, they will sing praise to God, sweet May


Mar 10, 2018
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George family version NEW
by: Anonymous

My granmother, Pearl (Stuart) George, born in 1896 in Eagonville Ontario, sang this song. Lyrics were a bit different. It is now in it's 5th generation. Seems like yesterday.

Oh what's in the tree pretty bird
Oh what's in the tree pretty bird

There's a nest in the tree
There's a nest in the tree
There's a nest in the tree, sweet May.

And what's in the nest pretty bird
And what's in the nest pretty bird

There are four little eggs
There are four little eggs
There are four little eggs, sweet May.

And what will the little eggs be
And what will the little eggs be

They'll be four little birds
They'ĺl be four little birds
They'll be four little birds, sweet May.

And what will the little birds do
And what will the little birds do

They will sing praise to God
They will sing praise to God
They will ding praise to God, sweet May.

(memories of my grandmother in simpler times)

Jan 22, 2018
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I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT! NEW
by: BARBARA GRASSMYER METZnymous

My Mother sang this song to me from the time I was born for years and years. When I was little she sang it to me while she rocked me. I can still here her voice and feel her arms around me. I think growing up with that song has influenced me more than almost anything. It always gave me a save feeling. I sang it to both of my children for as many years as they would be still and listen. I also sang it to my two grandchildren over the years, but as with many of the things I was raised with my daughter didn't sing it to her children. I don't know why. I never expected to find it when I typed the words into my computer. It's one of the nicest moments I've had in a long time. Thank you,Barbara

Oct 18, 2017
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My grandmother of scotch Irish descent taught me NEW
by: Mae

Where are you going my little birdie (×2)
I am going to the woods, I am going to the woods,
I am going to the woods, Sweet Mae.
What's in the woods my little birdie (×2)
There's a tree in the woods, There's a tree in the woods, There's a tree in the woods, Sweet Mae.
What's in the tree my little birdie (×2)
There's a nest in the tree, there's a nest in the tree, There's a nest in the tree, Sweet Mae.

The lyrics repeat to ask what is in the nest.
The bird responds, There's an egg in the nest
The lyrics ask what is in the egg
The bird responds a bird
The song asks what can it do
The bird responds, it can fly away
And that is the end of the song.
The tune was sung in a very old, almost monotone way, but it was beautiful to hear.

Aug 02, 2017
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Oh pretty bird, pretty bird NEW
by: Anonymous

My mother sang it to my sister and I. But it was" pretty bird" instead of little bird. I sing it to my daughter she loves it. She sings it along with me

Jun 09, 2017
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They'll Sing Praise the Lord NEW
by: Anonymous

My Great Grandmother sang it to me when I was a little boy. She was born in 1899 and I believe her mother sang it to her.

Jun 03, 2017
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Where are you going birdie-bird? NEW
by: R.Baird

Our father sang this to us as children, his mother sang it to him. She was born in the 1880's in the Leeds, England area. The extended family never knew anyone else who sang this lullaby:

"Where are you going birdie-bird?
Where are you going birdie-bird?
I am going to the field,
I am going to the field,
I am going to the field, sweet child.

What's in the field birdie-bird?
What's in the field birdie-bird?
There's a tree in the field,
There's a tree in the field,
There's a tree in the field, sweet child.

What's in the tree birdie-bird?
What's in the tree birdie-bird?
There's a nest in the tree,
There's a nest in the tree,
There's a nest in the tree,sweet child.

What's in the nest birdie-bird?
What's in the tree birdie-bird?
There are three little eggs,
There are three little eggs,
There are three little eggs, sweet child.

What's in the eggs birdie-bird?
What's in the eggs birdie-bird?
There are three little birds,
There are three little birds,
There are three little birds, sweet child.

What will the little birdies do?
What will the little birdies do?
They will sing praise to God,
They will sing praise to God,
They will sing praise to God, sweet child."

May 12, 2017
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Where are you going little bird NEW
by: Janet

My mother sung this song to me when I was a little girl-different version at the end she would say" sweet child "and I always thought she just made The song up I never heard anyone else ever saying it and I'll be 63 years old ! One of my fondest memories-my Brother and I were adopted our younger years were a lot more pleasant than as we got older so it's nice to have a good memory.

Dec 10, 2016
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The rest of the words as sung to me by my mother 65 years ago NEW
by: Anonymous

Where are you going little birdie, where are you going little bird

I am going to the field, I am going to the field, I am going to the field, sweet maid

And what's in the field my little birdie, and what's in the field my little bird

in the field there's a tree, in the field there's a tree, in the field there's a tree, sweet maid

and what's in the tree my little birdie, and whats in the tree my little bird

in the tree there's a nest, in the tree there's a nest, in the tree there's a nest sweet maid

and what's in the nest my little birdie, and what's in the news my little bird

in the nest there's a bird in the nest there's a bird, in the nest there's a bird sweet maid

and what will the little birdie do, and what will the little birdie do

he will sing for the Lord he will Sing for the Lord, he will sing for the Lord, sweet maid.

As sung to me as a child by my mother Bernadette Della Bitta


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