Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Animals- “Tennessee Bird Walk”

“Take away the trees and the birds
All have to sit upon the ground
TenneseeBirdWalkCover

Tennessee Bird Walk is undoubtedly one of the craziest songs I’ve ever heard. Written and recorded by country music husband and wife duo Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, it was released as a single in 1970 and went to Number One on the country music charts.

I was in high school in Australia in 1970, and the song played continuously on the radio there.  However, when I returned to the U.S. later that year I couldn’t find anyone who had ever heard it.  To this day I don’t know anyone, except my old friends in Australia, who is familiar with this song.

If you’ve never heard it, have a listen.  It’s so crazy it was included on an album called “Kooky Kountry” that was released in 2009.

 

 

Take away the trees and the birds
All have to sit upon the ground, uum
Take away their wings and
The birds will have to walk to get around
And take away the bird baths
And dirty birds will soon be ev’rywhere
Take away their feathers and
The birds will walk around in underwear
Take away their chirp and the
Birds will have to whisper when they sing
And take away their common sense and
They’ll be headed southward in the spring

Oh remember my darling
When spring is in the air
And the bald headed birds
Are whisp’ring ev’rywhere
You can see them walking
Southward in their dirty underwear
That’s Tennessee Bird walk

How about some trees so the birds
Won’t have to sit upon the ground, uum
How about some wings so the
Birds won’t have to walk to get around
And how about a bird bath or two
So the birds will all be clean
How about some feathers so their
Underwear no longer can be seen
How about a chirp so the birds
Won’t have to whisper when they sing
And how about some common sense so they
Won’t be blocking traffic in the spring

Oh remember my darling
When spring is in the air
And the bald headed birds
Are whisp’ring ev’rywhere
You can see them walking
Southward in their dirty underwear
That’s Tennessee Bird walk

Songwriters: Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan

Song Lyrics Sunday

Thanks to A Unique Title For Me for hosting this challenge again this week. It’s so much fun!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Cool song, it was real enjoyable and I loved that synthesizer.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I recognized the title immediately and the tune came immediately to mind. I’m from Canada. Maybe the song got more play in the commonwealth. 🙂

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    1. Maybe it did. Another country singer, Buck Owens, also recorded it, but I’ve never known anyone in the U.S. who heard his version, either. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. John Holton says:

    Haven’t heard this in some time. I almost forgot completely about it…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. But you’ve heard it before. That’s something! LOL

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