“The Old Turkey Hen”


"Seven years a-boiling, Ho-ma-hala-way, Seven years a-baking, Ho-ma-hala-way." "They blowed the horn for dinner... The people could not eat her." "They carried her to the old field... The buzzards could not eat her...."


Paul Stamler suggests that this is a version of "The Old Gray Goose (I) (Lookit Yonder)." There are similarities of both plot and lyrics; he may well be right. In fact, I think it more likely than not that he's right. But just enough doubts remain that I'm tentatively keeping them separate. - RBW

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 203, "The Old Turkey Hen" (1 text)
  2. BI, Br3203


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Brown)
Keywords: bird food humorous
Found in: US(SE)