C’est une ballade anglaise traditionnelle, devenue une chanson traditionnelle des Appalaches, que chantent ici Peter, Paul & Mary. Il s’agit au premier abord du coucou, bel oiseau qui chante en volant. Mais il s’agit surtout du jeu, et de la prison où le démon du jeu peut conduire – surtout quand on a cinq as dans sa manche !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cLcagFXpnI

THE CUCKOO

Oh the cuckoo she’s a pretty bird, she sings as she flies
She never gets lonesome till the first day of July.

I’ve gambled in England, and I’ve gambled down in Spain.
I gambled with five aces, now I’ve gambled my last game.

Oh, it’s gamblin’ that’s brought me prison, and it’s gamblin’ that’s brought me pain
I’ll never see the cuckoo or hear her song again

Jack o’ diamonds, jack o’ diamonds, I know you of old
You robbed my poor pockets of silver and of gold.

Oh the cuckoo she’s a pretty bird, she sings as she flies
She never gets lonesome till the first day of July.