If I Were a Bird


(German folk tune, Lyrics by Richard Compton, publ. 1921)

1. If I a bird could be, I should fly o’er the sea, Far far a-way
Mid snowy clouds in air, I should go racing there Swifter than they.

2. High o’er the ocean blue I should go flying through clear blowing wind,
Leaving the ships below, Sailing along so slow, Far far behind.

3. All a long summer’s day Over the seas away, Far would I roam;
But when the hour was late, I should go flying straight Back to my home.

See also

  • Country: Germany
  • Subject: birds
  • Harmony: I IV V chords
  • Melody: major pentascale
  • Meter: 3
  • Source: 140 Folk-songs with Piano Accompaniment “rote Songs” for Grades I, II and III,Archibald Thompson Davison, Thomas Whitney Surette, 1921
  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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