Florida Folksong - Birdie, Birdie In The Tree

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Florida Folksong - Birdie, Birdie In The Tree

Bahamian Americans British Americans spoken Ethnography Music Conch songs Riviera, Florida Palm Beach County

A Conch song about a small child who tells its mother about some snow birds it sees on a limb outside the window. The child thinks the birds are real, but they are actually made of snow and were placed there by the child's father. In the first part of the song the child is talking to its mother about the birds it sees on the limb, while in the last part the child is talking to the real bird it sees on the garden walk, and which he thinks is the mother of the snow birds. The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. The unique accent of the Conchs--a mixture of British and Bahamian dialects--interested the WPA fieldworkers as much as the songs and stories related by the Conchs. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified.

Language: English
Duration: 1 Minute, 37 Seconds
Performer: : Performer: Roberts, Wilbur

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Item ID:
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