Judy Cook, Folksinger

Chickens in the Garden - Original

Author: James A. Bland - 1878

Notes: James A. Bland wrote over 700 songs including "Oh Dem Golden Slippers" and "Carry Me Back to Old Virginy".  His father was one of the first African-Americans to be college educated - graduating from Oberlin College in 1845.  James himself went to Howard University.  This song moved into the oral tradition and has been collected in different versions in both England and America. (Waterson's, Warners, Randolph)