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YELLOW BIRD
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SEVERAL RECORDING ARTISTS SANG THE  SONG.  MOST SUCCESSFUL WAS "MR. WUNERFUL",  LAWRENCE WELK!

CHET ATKINS, ARTHUR LYMAN, AND THE BROTHERS FOUR ACTUALLY ADDED "YELLOWBIRD" TO THEIR  ALBUMS.

"YELLOW BIRD" BECAME LYMAN'S SIGNATURE SONG.  HE WAS BORN IN HAWAII.  HE LIVED THERE ALL OF HIS LIFE. 
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YELLOW BIRD, UP HIGH IN BANANA TREE;
YELLOW BIRD, YOU SIT ALL ALONE LIKE ME.
DID YOUR LADY FRIEND,
LEAVE THE NEST AGAIN?
THAT IS VERY SAD,
MAKES ME FEEL SO BAD.
YOU CAN FLY AWAY,
IN THE SKY AWAY,
YOU'RE MORE LUCKY THAN ME.
YELLOW BIRD, UP HIGH IN BANANA TREE.
YELLOW BIRD, YOU SIT ALL ALONE LIKE ME.
BETTER FLY AWAY,
IN THE SKY AWAY.
PICKER COMING SOON;
PICK FROM NIGHT TO NOON.
BLACK AND YELLOW, YOU;
LIKE BANANA TOO;
THEY MAY PICK YOU SOME DAY.
WISH THAT I WAS A YELLOW BIRD,
I'D FLY FAR AWAY WITH YOU.
BUT I AM NOT
A YELLOW BIRD,
SO HERE I SIT WITH
NOTHING ELSE TO DO.
I, ALSO HAD A PRETTY GIRL;
SHE'S NOT WITH ME TODAY.
THEY'RE ALL THE SAME;
THE PRETTY GIRLS.
MAKE'EM THE NEST;
THEN THEY FLY AWAY.
A 19th century Haitian song composed by Michel Mauleart Monton.  The lyrics are from a poem by Oswald Durand. It was rewritten
with English lyrics in the 20th century as "Yellow Bird."

One of Oswald Durand's most famous works is the 1883 "Choucoune," a lyrical poem praising the beauty of a
Haitian woman of that nickname.

Michel Mauleart Monton, an American-born pianist with a Haitian father and an American mother, composed music for the poem in
1893 appropriating some French and Caribbean fragments
to create his tune.