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The cuckoo is a dove-sized bird

    Who differs from the rest.

The mother cuckoo lays her eggs

    In someone else’s nest.

 

    "Cuckoo", cries mother from the tree,

        "Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo -

    The joy of all my motherhood,

        I gladly leave with you."

 

The cuckoo is a wicked bird -

    Her work she leaves for others.

Her baby chick now shares its nest

   With stepsisters and brothers.

 

    "Cuckoo", cries mother from the tree;

        "Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo -

    The joy of all my motherhood,

         I gladly leave with you."

 

The cuckoo is a lazy bird

   And watches with a smirk -

Whilst some poor bird, quite unaware,

   Is doing all her work.

 

   "Cuckoo," cries mother from the tree;

         "Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo -

    The joy of all my motherhood,

          I gladly leave with you."

 

The baby cuckoo screams for food

    With a loud and plaintiff cry

And the smaller birds within the nest

    Are sadly left to die.

 

    "Cuckoo," cries mother from the tree;

         "Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo -

    When, next year, you return with me,

          You’ll do the same thing too."

 

 

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