Bye Bye Blackbird

26/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Do you ever have a tune in your head that stays for a couple of days and then drifts off, maybe for many years.  For the last couple of days, and I have absolutely no idea why, this old song has been going round and round.

I couldn’t remember all the words so I had a peek online and found out some apparent facts about the lyrics that I hadn’t known about before; links with wartime Germany and the oldest profession amongst them!

Whatever the underlying subtleties though, I rather like the well known verses …

Pack up all my cares and woe
Here I go, singing low

Bye bye blackbird

Where somebody waits for me
Sugar’s sweet, so is she

Bye bye blackbird

No one here can love and understand me
Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me
Make my bed and light the light
I’ll be home late tonight

Blackbird, bye bye

I’ve been watching the blackbirds in the garden whilst tapping away on my keyboard, so maybe they provided the trigger for the melody in my head.  We have 2 blackbird families – front garden and back garden!  They seem very territorial.

Last Spring the front garden family raised a healthy brood in our laurel hedge.  Mr & Mrs spent a very tense few days, as did our collies, when the fledglings left the nest and hopped about rather hopelessly waiting for their parents to feed them.  Not so different from all families then!

Whenever a prowling feline approached, Mr Blackbird would sound the alarm and we would stand back, in the house, as a wave of black and white collies charged through the lounge and onto the sofa, to woof by the window and see off any tabby intruders! It was all rather stressful, but successful for the blackbirds at least.

One of our collies ‘speaks Blackbird’ and whenever the alarm is sounded will respond with much fuss and fluff, bouncing on all 4’s around the perimeter hedges.  Quite often overlooked by a scornful magpie, way out of reach in the trees!

I was hoping to catch a quick picture of Mrs B pecking away at the apples, which she loves.  But here are the collies instead …

Collie on cat lookout!

Collie on cat lookout!

Both collies on cat patrol!

Come out and fight pussycats!

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