Leatherwing Bat

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Adapted by Red Yarn from the traditional English folksong, as sung by Pete Seeger on 'Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Bigger Fishes' (Folkways, 1954). New lyrics by Furgeson, 2016.

lyrics

“I,” said the little leatherwing bat
“I’ll tell you the reason that
The reason that I fly by night
Is cuz I’ve lost my heart’s delight”

Hidee didee diddle-dum day
Hidee didee diddle-dum day
Hidee didee diddle-dum day
Hi-lee lie-lee lie-lee low

“I,” said the blackbird sitting on a chair
“Once I courted a lady fair
She proved fickle and turned her back
And ever since then I’ve dressed in black”

Hidee didee diddle-dum day...

“I,” said the woodpecker sitting on a fence
“Once I courted a handsome wench
She got scared and from me fled
And ever since then my head’s been red”

Hidee didee diddle-dum day...

"Hoot," said the owl with a head so white
"A lonesome day and a lonesome night
Thought I heard some pretty girl say
Court all night and sleep all day"

Hidee didee diddle-dum day...

"No," said the little turtle dove
"That's no way to win her love
If you want to gain your heart's delight
Court all day and court all night"

Hidee didee diddle-dum day…

“I” said the young man down below
“I ain’t a bird but this I know
While you’re all busy flying around
I’ll find my true love on the ground”

Hidee didee diddle-dum day…

credits

from Born in the Deep Woods, released March 10, 2017

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Red Yarn Portland, Oregon

Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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