“Cuckoo Waltz”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: playparty nonballad
Found in: US(Ap,MW)

Description

"Three times round the Cuckoo Waltz (x3), Lovely Susie Brown. Fare thee well, my charming girl, Fare thee well I'm gone, Fare the well, my charming girl, With golden slippers on." "Choose your pard as we go round, We'll all take Susie Brown...."

Supplemental text

Cuckoo Waltz
  Complete text(s)

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From Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag, p. 160. No source given.
The letters in the text of the second stanza (which, for some
reason, Sandburg numbers "1," placing "2" in the middle of the
stanza!) refers to the playparty instructions.

Three times round the cuckoo waltz,
Three times round the cuckoo waltz,
Three times round the cuckoo waltz,
Lovely Susie Brown.
Fare thee well, my charming girl,
Fare thee well I'm gone,
Fare the well, my charming girl,
With golden slippers on.

1 (a) Choose your pard as we go round,
      Choose your pard as we go round,
      Choose your pard as we go round,
  (b) We'll all take Susie Brown...."
2 (c) Fare thee well, my charming girl,
  (d) Fare thee well I'm gone,
      Fare the well, my charming girl,
      With golden slippers on.

Cross references

References

  1. Sandburg, p. 160, "Cuckoo Waltz" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Cambiaire, p. 136, "Susie Brown" (1 text, a mixed text which has two verses typical of "Cuckoo Waltz" or something like it and two from "Go In and Out the Window")
  3. ST San160 (Full)
  4. Roud #7893
  5. BI, San160