“Jaybird Died With the Whooping Cough”


"Jaybird died with the whoopingcough, Sparrow died with the colic, On came a frog with a fiddle on his back, Inquiring the way to the frolic." Other verses tell other stories about the lives of other birds, or perhaps predators or other animals

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 153, "The Jaybird" (4 short texts, of which "B" and "C" are this piece; "D" is "The Jaybird"; "A" mixes the two)
  2. Roud #748
  3. BI, Br3153A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)