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FREE A LITTLE BIRD. Old-Time, Song and Breakdown. USA; Eastern Tenn., North Carolina. The lyrics, as sung by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, begin:

I'm as free a little bird as I can be,
I'm as free a little bird as I can be,
I'll build my nest in the sour apple tree,
Where those bad boys will never bother me.

Oh, who will shoe them pretty little feet,
And who will glove them little hands?
Who will kiss them red rosy cheeks,
When we're in some far distant land.

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Recorded sources: Old Homestead OHCS 191, "Dykes Magic City Trio" [1] (Eastern Tenn.) {originally recorded for a Brunswick 78 in 1927}. Columbia 15498 (78 RPM), Roane County Ramblers (1929). County 403, Roane County Ramblers (Eastern Tenn.) {1929}. Marimac 9008, The Lazy Aces - "Sill Lazy After All These Years" (1986. Version originally from Clarence Ashley & Fred Price).

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