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As calypso music rose in popularity in the United States in the mid-1950s, the melody of the Haitian song "Choucoune" was adapted by Norman Luboff and new English lyrics were written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Although the lyrics of "Yellow Bird" bear no relation to those of the original, the words "ti zwazo" (little birds) are part of the chorus of "Choucoune."

The song first appeared on the Norman Luboff Choir's Calypso Holiday album in 1957 and was subsequently covered by others and the title was cut on albums by the Mills Brothers, Roger Williams, and Lawrence Welk. Although the song was associated by Americans with the Caribbean, it was also recorded by the Hawaiian exotica Arthur Lyman Group in 1961. This version would be the only one to become a Top 40 pop hit (and it was Lyman's only Top 40 appearance as well) peaking at number 4 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100.

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Yellow bird, high in banana tree.
Yellow bird, sitting alone like me.
Did your lady friend leave the nest again?
That is very sad, makes me feel so bad.
You could fly away, in the sky away.
You more lucky than me.

I once had me a pretty girl
(she not with me today).
They all the same, those pretty girls.
They make their nest, then they fly away.

Yellow bird, high in banana tree.
Yellow bird, sitting alone like me.
You should fly away, in the sky away.
The picker's coming soon,
he picks from night 'til noon.
Black and yellow you, like banana too,
they might pick you someday!

I wish I were a yellow bird,
I'd fly away with you.
But I am not a yellow bird,
so here I sit, nothing else I can do.

Yellow bird.
Yellow bird.

credits

from Ukulele Jim's Jumping Flea Circus, released November 3, 2010
Written by Norman Luboff, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman. Published by Walton Music Corporation / Spirit Two Music OBO Spirit Services Holdings, S.A.R.L. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

James Andrew Clark: vocals, ukulele
Matt Miniea: bass
Gail Morrissey: hammered dulcimer
Rick Berls: drums, percussion

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Don't let the name fool you—Ukulele Jim is no novelty act! Music lovers of all ages will enjoy these catchy, emotive songs that bridge the gaps between pop, rock, country and folk music. Call it Cali folk with an island vibe.

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