“Two Little Blackbirds”


"Two little blackbird in the ring, One named Peter, one named Paul. Fly away, Peter, fly away, Paul, Come the sea (?), come the fall." "Under the carpet (?) we must go, Like a jaybird (?) in the air." "Then, Sally, will you marry?"


The Warners identify this with the mother goose rhynme, "There were two Blackirds Sta upon a Hill, The one nam'd Jack, The other nam'd Gill, Fly away Jack, Fly away Gill, Come again Jack, Come again Jill," now more commonly known as "Two little dicky birds." The similarity in lyrics is obvious, but the shift from Jack and Gill to Peter and Paul is peculiar, and most of Elda Blackwood's version is distinct anyway.

Unfortunately, the Warner recording of Blackwood is so noisy as to verge on incomprehensible (note the number of question marks in my transcription). I think we must treat the matter as unsettled. - RBW


  • Elda Blackwood, "Two Little Blackbirds" (on USWarnerColl01)


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Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1947 (recorded from Elda Blackwood); Warner compares it to a 1765 nursery rhyme
Found in: West Indies