Mockingbird

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Written by Andy Furgeson/Red Yarn in 2016. References the traditional African-American folksongs “Hambone” and “Hush Li’l Baby (The Mockingbird Song),” as well as “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley, “That’s Alright, Mama” by Arthur Crudup, “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway, “Nobody But Me” by the Isley Brothers, “Da Doo Ron Ron” by the Crystals, “Do-Wah-Diddy” by the Exciters, and “I Got a Woman” by Ray Charles.

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Mama, mama, have you heard?
Our sweet little baby is a mockingbird
Every word that I can speak
Mockingbaby can repeat
If I say, “Baby, howdy-do!”
He say, “Baby, howdy-do!”
If I say, “No, I mean how are you?”
He say, “No, I mean how are you?”
Mockingbird…

When I wake up and say, “Good day”
He say, “Good day,” and then he flies away
So I give chase and I yell, “Stop!”
And he yell, “Stop!” and so I stop
“Gosh dang you tricked me so-and-so!”
“Gosh dang you tricked me so-and-so!” Uh oh!
But when I say, “No, I mean wait right here”
Of course he pretend he cannot hear
Mockingbird…

Mama, mama, have you heard?
Sweet little baby is a mockingbird
And when that mockingbird can sing
He’s gonna sing like everything
He’ll spin songs from all around the world
Into the bright white song of the mockingbird
But he’ll have rhythm and he’ll have soul
Sweet little baby gonna rock’n’roll

When I say, “That’s alright, mama”...

Mama, mama, have you heard?
Sweet little baby is a mockingbird
And when that mockingbird grows wings
He’s gonna learn about everything
He’ll fly around the great big world
Singing the bright white song of the mockingbird
So hold him tight until you let him go
Sweet little baby gonna rock’n’roll

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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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