The Chickens They are Crowing

My farther he will scold me for stayin' away all night..

I learned this song in the good old sixties from Peggy Seeger through her 'Best of' album on Prestige records and her banjo instruction booklet - "Peggy Seeger, The five-string Banjo American Folk Styles. The Banjo Method - with a fine collection of FOLK SONGS" This is the title as printed on the booklet. I still have a copy too.

The most interesting thing about this piece is the banjo tuning. Peggy calls it a dulcimer tuning. The top strings are tuned in unison. The booklet said to tune them up to D but I misread it and tuned them to C. It seems to sound about the same and certainly keeps that same droning modal quality that is reminiscent of a dulcimer.

Lyrics: 

The chickens they are crowing, crowing, crowing,
The chickens they are crowing for it is most daylight

The boys they come a-courting, a-courting, a-courting.
The boys they come a-courting and then they stay all night

I won’t go home till morning, morning, morning.
I won’t go home till morning, I’ll stay with my love all night.

My daddy he will scold me, scold me, scold me.
My daddy he will scold me for staying away all night.

My momma, she’ll uphold me, uphold me, uphold me.
My momma, she’ll uphold me and say I done alright.

The chickens they are crowing, crowing, crowing,
The chickens they are crowing for it is most daylight

Instruments: 
Tuning: 
gCDCC