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Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 18th of February, 2015
A parody in English of WD Cocker's 1935 poem 'Cockcrow' in Scots

The places referred to in the poem are located in West Stirlingshire,
including the farm 'Blairnavaid' where WD Cocker spent his childhood.

Long before the moon does fade
Cocks crow loud at 'Blairnavaid'.
Wakeful 'Coldrach' on the hill
Challenges with echo shrill.
O'er the river sleepy 'Catter'
Asks while yawning: "What's the matter?"

From the sky, as with a cloth
Stars and moon, are soon wiped off.
Day is dawning, heed the warning
Cock-a-leerie sounds "Good Morning!"

'Shandon' now and 'Craigievern'
Tidings of the morning learn.
Proud the news comes from 'Drumbeg'
"Wow! a yearock's laid an egg!"
"Nothing strange-like about that!"
Cries a bantam from 'Ballat'

O'er the hill the rising sun
Peeps upon a day begun.
Farm folk stagger out of bed,
Beasts and doggies must be fed.
Hands need no alarm clocks,
"Breakfast Time!" screech all the cocks.

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