Yellow Bird

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Information About Yellow Bird

"Yellow Bird" is a song that derives from a Haitian song from the 19th century entitled "Choucoune". The song "Choucoune" contained words taken from a poem by Oswald Durand the famous Haitian poet, and put to music by American born pianist Michel Mauleart Monton. It was first performed in Port-au-Prince in 1893.

"Yellow Bird" is a version of "Choucoune" using English lyrics written by Grammy Award winning songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman. These lyrics bear no resemblance to the original words.

"Yellow Bird" was first recorded by the Norman Luboff Choir in 1957 and arranged in calypso style. Since then it has been recorded by many artists including: Arthur Lyman, Chris Isaak, Roger Whitaker, Roger Williams, and Paul Clayton. The song continues to be linked with the Caribbean and is often performed as calypso by steel bands.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Greet the day and the Yellow Bird with this version

Good Morning Mr. Yellow Bird
Yellow Bird,
Yellow Bird.
Good Morning Mr. Yellow Bird
And How are YOU?!

I'm Happy Mr. Yellow Bird,
Yellow Bird,
Yellow Bird,
I'm Happy Mr. Yellow Bird.
And How are you?

A longer version with 2 other animals

A yellow bird with a yellow bill was sitting on my window sill.
A yellow bird with a yellow bill was sitting on my (clap) window sill.
I coaxed him in with a piece of bread and then I smashed his little head.
I coaxed him in with a piece of bread and then I smashed his (clap) little head.

A little puppy with little paws was sitting on my table saw.
A little puppy with little paws was sitting on my (clap) table saw.
I picked him up like a piece of meat and then I cut off all his feet.
I picked him up like a piece of meat and then I cut off (clap) all his feet.

A little kitty a little cat was sitting on my welcome mat.
A little kitty a little cat was sitting on my (clap) welcome mat.
I picked her up and made her purr and then I pulled out all her fur.
I picked her up and made her purr and then I pulled out (clap) all her fur.

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Ritch, United States

12 January 2012 at 2:39pm

Mary, meaning no offense, but you need to over it. It is attitudes such as this that contribute to making this world a very sterile and uninteresting place filled with thin skinned and hyper sensitive adults. Children are not idiots, nor are they so maliable that such a song is going to incite them to go out and cut off puppy feet any more than seeing a poorly timed anvil smack into the coyote's head. And really? How many 2 year olds are reading this anyway? Their parents are reading this and THIS is a teachable moment. "I know! Can you imagine?! Poor puppy! Eww!"

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Mary, United States

5 January 2012 at 9:08pm

You actually have this put up on a site that looks like it is for baby/toddler/children? Lyrics such as "cut off all his feet" (referring to a puppy) is just plain WRONG. Even with a warning, it should NOT be on a children's site, period. How does it even cross your mind to post it on this site?

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Winn, Thomasville, Usa

6 June 2010 at 12:49am

This is the one I sang to my children, grandchildren and now my great grandchildren. A Yellow Bird, With a Yellow Bill, Hopped upon my window sill, Cocked his shiney head and said, Wake up, wake up, you sleepy head, Get up, get up, get out of bed.

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