CLUCK OLD HEN

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CLUCK OLD HEN
“Cluck Old Hen” is a popular Appalachian American fiddle and banjo tune. It is played
either as an instrumental or with lyrics which vary from one version to another. The
earliest recording is attributed to Fiddlin’ John Carson, 1923.
My old hen’s a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes 8 and sometimes ten
That’s enough for the railroad men
Cluck old hen cluck and sing
You ain’t laid an egg since late last spring
Cluck old hen cluck and squall
Ain’t laid an egg since late last fall
Cluck old hen cluck when I tell you
Cluck old hen or I’m gonna sell you
Last time she cackled cackled in the lot
Next time she cackles cackle in the pot
My old hen she’s a good old hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes 1 sometimes two
Sometimes enough for the whole damn crew