1. The Cuckoo

Ahh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird and she warbles as she flies 
She doesn't sing cuckoo till the fourth day of delight 
Gonna build me a log cabin on a mountain so high 
I can see William as he wanders by 

Jack o' diamonds jack o' diamonds I know you of old 
You're gonna rob my poor pockets of my silver and gold 
And I gambled in England and I gambled down in Spain 
And I bet you five dollars that I beat you this game 

Oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird and I wish she was mine 
She doesn't drink water she only drinks wine 

Oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird and she warbles as she flies 
No she doesn't sing cuckoo till the fourth day of delight

 

2. Queen May

Down in yon forest there stands a hall 
It's guilded over with purple and pall 

Under that hall is a gushing flood 
Half run in water half run in blood 

Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May 

Down in that hall there lay a bed 
Scarlett the cover that over it spread 

All on that bed a young knight sleeps 
His wounds are sick and see he weeps 

Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May 

Down at the bedfeet there grows a thorn 
It blooms its white blossom since the day he was born 

Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing May Queen May 
Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May

3. Nature Waking

As I walked out one May morning 
I heard a tune the songbird sings 
When I looked up the bird had flown 
But in my mind the seed was sown 

As I walked on the flowers sang 
In Hilly Fields the bluebells rang 
With baritones of English oak 
And muddy bass from April soak 

A choral treat from up above 
The feathered choir could feel the tug 
Of gravity upon their wings 
And down below newborns sing 

I felt the breeze and then the sun 
My senses sharp I had begun 
To be a part of everything 
Summer Fall Winter Spring 

As I walked out one May morning 
I heard a tune the songbird sings 
When I looked up the bird had flown 
But in my mind the seed was sown 

As I walked out 
As I walked out 
As I walked out 
As I walked out

4. Fishes

Down down the fishes go 
Down down the fishes go 
Gonna miss that slipstream water flow 

Round round the birds did fly 
Round round the birds did fly 
Nowhere to live in the sky 

Home home the bees did try 
Home home the bees did try 
Their senses shot from pesticides 

You know for what it's worth 
They tried to save the earth 

Mankind and all your power 
Mankind and your desire 
There's nothing left to acquire 

No one to live your lies 
No one to sacrifice 
Nothing to sell nothing to buy 

You know for what it's worth 
They tried to save the earth 
You know for what it's worth 
They tried to save the earth 

Down down the fishes go 
Down down the fishes go 
Gonna miss that slipstream water flow 

Round round the birds did fly 
Round round the birds did fly 
Nowhere to live in the sky

5. Jonny's War

Jonny came home from his war today 
His war today his war today 
He felt so mad he felt so mad 
But he wouldn't tell a soul he hurt so bad 

Jonny was a man who loved his wife 
He loved his child he loved his life 
But the pain inside was far too strong 
Far too strong to carry on 

He looked so well you couldn't tell 
His mind became a living hell 
A battle that could not be won 
And deep inside he felt so numb 

Oh Jonny 
Oh Jonny's war 
Oh Jonny 
Oh Jonny's war 

Jonny came from his work today 
His work today oh what a day 
He was so fine yesterday 
Yesterday was a really good day 

Suffering is not so clear 
Not so clear not so clear 
It's not the same as feeling down 
As feeling down doesn't stick around 


Oh Jonny 
Oh Jonny's war 
Oh Jonny 
Oh Jonny's war 

Oh Jonny 
Oh Jonny's war 
Oh Jonny 
Oh Jonny's war

6. Jesus' Crooked Shadow

dododododododo 

Are ô  

Are ô 

dododododododo 

Jesus' crooked shadow in the park at 10 
Little girl playin' in the graveyard again 
Hearts still beatin' lyin' in his shade 
Broken souls diggin' too many graves 

dododododododo 

Are ô  

Are ô 

dododododododo 

Dark leaves fallin' in the autumn change 
Little boy playin' in the house of pain 
Find peace livin' in a seaside town 
Hope you got away like a fox from the hounds 

Timendi causa est nescire (ignorance is the cause of fear) 
Timendi causa est nescire (ignorance is the cause of fear) 

Are ô  

Are ô 

The narcissist who wouldn't be told 
A legacy of terror for the young and the old 
Little girl playin' in the peaceful rain 
Training her dreams to be born again 

Timendi causa est nescire 
Timendi causa est nescire

7. Three Cries

My mother was an honest girl, from Dublin she did hale 
She never spoke of troubled times and the things she saw in jail 
A general climbed down from his horse, a man whom she would meet
Her crime was throwing leaflets from a pillar on O'Connell Street 

One cry for freedom 
One for human rights 
One cry for freedom 
One in the cold of night 

She was told to sign a declaration and he would let her go 
If she never spoke of freedom, her answer would be no 
She served her time in Mountjoy, her principles she held dear 
And witnessed the atrocities becoming all too clear 

One cry for freedom 
One for human rights 
One cry for freedom 
One in the cold of night 

A young girl's fight for decency 
Her story can relate 
To the power, greed and injustice 
The common human traits 

One cry for freedom (and the auld triangle) 
One for human rights (went jingle-jangle) 
One cry for freedom (alll along the banks) 
One in the cold of night (of the Royal Canal) 

And the auld triangle went jingle-jangle 
All along the banks of the Royal Canal 

And the auld triangle went jingle-jangle 
All along the banks of the Royal Canal 

And the auld triangle went jingle-jangle 
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

8. When Summers Stood Still

I've had some time now the future's come 
The river still glistens in the mid-day sun 
Like cotton bud clouds i float with ease 
Like blossom i drift in the evening breeze 

My thoughts go back to my childhood ways 
When summers stood still in a dreamlike haze 
We played in parks till the dusk of night 
With nothing to fear in the bright moonlight 

Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me 
Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me 

Now's the time i'll find my way 
No more the worrier of things i can't change 
I'll raise a glass to the setting sun 
And drink a toast to all my loved ones 

Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me 
Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me 
Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me

9. Nursery Rhyme No.9

I can see the flowers the flowers in the rain 
Wonder if they have the same flowers in Spain 
I can see the bees the bees and the plants 
Wonder if they have the same bees in France 

I can see the leaves the leaves and the trees 
Wonder if they have the same trees in Germany 
I can see the birds the birds in the sky 
If i was a bird i would fly fly fly 
hmmm hmmm hmmm 

I can see the earth from outer space 
Wonder what will happen to the human race

Notes: 

 

All lyrics written by Ged Flood except -

 

The Cuckoo - traditional English folk song. (Roud 413).

Queen May - verse lyrics taken from the Christmas carol - Corpus Christi Carol (c. 1504).

Are ô (in Jesus' Crooked Shadow) is an African tribal chant. Timendi causa est nescire (ignorance is the cause of fear) ~Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca 
(often known simply as Seneca, or Seneca the Younger)
(c. 4 BC – 65 AD)) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latinliterature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor
Nero.

Three Cries features The Auld Triangle (Dicky Shannon).