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Description: This Southwestern ballad is found in Alan Lomax’s “Folksongs of North America” and was sung by Pete Seeger and others, with some variations in lyric and timing. An old English version describes a quintet shooting a cutty wren with bows and arrows. It was a song of protest by the hungry British peasantry. In most American versions, a squirrel, rat, or other small animal replaces the cutty wren.
Key: D Major