The Coo Song II

Kage Baker ultimately compiled, among her friends and intimates, a trio of Coo Songs. This is Song #2.  It’s a traditional, but the only places I’ve ever heard it were on a Steeleye Span album, and in a brief scene in Shakespeare In Love. We stole it from Steeleye Span, as I recall, altering the harmony to suit our combined bean sidhe alto/soprano blend. Or, as Kage often described it, “floral baritone and mouse on speed” …

We sang these songs to all the babies we knew, everyone who had to drive with us to Faires, Harry the Parrot, and to Scotty – who spent a lot of his adolescence on our living room floor, eating Captain Crunch out of a mixing bowl and inexplicably being soothed by the coos. Good times, good times.

The Spotted Cow

One morning in the month of May,
As from my cot I strayed,
Just at the dawning of the day,
I met with a charming maid;                                                                                                       Just at the dawning of the day,
I met with a charming maid.

“Good morning to you!  Whither?” said I,
“Good morning to you , now.”
The maid replied, “Kind Sir,” she cried,
“I’ve lost my spotted cow.”

“No longer weep, no longer mourn,
Your cow is not lost, my dear.
I saw her down in yonder grove;
Come, love, and I’ll show you where.”

“I must confess you’re very kind,
I thank you, Sir,” said she.
“You will be sure she’s there to find?”
“Come, sweetheart, go with me.”

Into the grove we did repair,
Across the flowery dell,
We hugged and kissed each other there,
And love was all our tale.

So in the grove we spent the day,
We thought it passed too soon.
At night we homeward bent our way,
While brightly shone the moon.

If I should cross the flowery dell,
Or go to view the plough,
She comes and calls her gentle swain:
“I’ve lost my spotted cow.”

Note: This is a fun one – the melody is sort of circular, with a hurdy-gurdy rhythm that can end up going faster and faster until the singers trip over their tongues and fall writhing to the floor …

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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