Cackle, Cackle, Cackle
By: Bagnal

Written by: Bagnal

 
Lyrics:
Cackle, Cackle, Cackle [Version (a)]:

My name is Peter Simple and I give you all a warning
That I'm an early riser for I wake when day is dawning
At four o'clock, I leave my bed in dreadful agitation
Awakened very early by this farmyard conversation

Oh! Cackle cackle cackle at morning's early dawning
Cock-a-doodle-doo, my friends, give us all a warning
Fresh new laid eggs for breakfast every morning
Cluck cluck cluck, cluck cluck cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo

Bright Chanticleer proclaims the morn, no doubt that's very right
I wish he'd not proclaim the hour so near the dead of night
He is the best alarm, he insures a fellow's waking
I wish he'd not begin before the early morn is breaking

Oh! Cackle cackle cackle at morning's early dawning
Cock-a-doodle-doo, my friends, give us all a warning
Fresh new laid eggs for breakfast every morning
Cluck cluck cluck, cluck cluck cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo

I go to bed at tea time, glad to rest my weary legs
And my revenge up on the fowls is eating up their eggs
I have, perchance, some pleasant dream of fairies without number
All singing sweetly to me when I'm wakened from my slumber

Oh! Cackle cackle cackle at morning's early dawning
Cock-a-doodle-doo, my friends, give us all a warning
Fresh new laid eggs for breakfast every morning
Cluck cluck cluck, cluck cluck cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo

I wish they'd let me lie abed, but then, you see, they won't
Oh! Cruel cock-a-doodle-doo, please cock-a-doodle-don't
I've not a doubt my feathered friends that good are your intentions
I wish though, you'd go somewhere else, to hold your hen convention
 
The Song:

This can be found in the collection of manly hymns, Hymns For Him.

Most of the song titles listed on the back of Saint Dude are references to older sheet music. This one, for instance, is the name of an ancient "comic" song about someone being annoyed by hens. (I couldn't place a year on it, but likely 1800s.)