MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Upside Down Story
(Way Down in That Beautiful Field)
Theresa White NFLD 1 Tape 15A Track 9 and Tape 17 Track 3
Port au Port Audio:
Enumerative song Musical notation available

Way down in that beautiful field there was a beautiful tree
Tree in the field
Way down way down in that beautiful field

What was onto that tree there was a beautiful limb
Limb on the tree, tree in the field
Way down way down in that beautiful field

What was onto that limb there was a beautiful nest
Nest on the limb, limb on the tree, tree in the field
Way down way down in that beautiful field

As above:

What was into that nest there was a beautiful egg
Egg in the nest …

What was into that egg there was a beautiful yolk
Yolk in the egg …

What was into that yolk there was a beautiful bird
Bird in the yolk …

What was onto that bird there was a beautiful neck
Neck on the bird …

What was onto that neck there was a beautiful head
Head on the neck …

What was onto that head there was a beautiful bill
Bill on the head …

[tape cuts out: Leach changes reel and continues]

Bill on the head,
Head on the neck,
Neck on the bird,
Bird in the yolk,
Yolk in the egg,
Egg in the nest,
Nest on the limb,
Limb on the branch,
Branch on the tree,
Tree in the field
Way down, way down in that beautiful field

What was on to that tongue?
There was a beautiful song
Song on the tongue,
Tongue on the bill,
Bill on the head, [continue as above]


Notes

Sources:

History:

Text notes: An enumerative or cumulative song. Compare "Tree on a Hill," collected by Leach from Mike Kent of Cape Broyle.

Tune notes: The cumulative list of what was on the tree in the field is recited, but cadential patterns are sung.

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