Wednesday, 29 April 2009

The Old Owl

There was an old owl, lived in an oak
The more he saw, the less he spoke
The less he spoke, the more he heard
So take a tip from this wise old bird
- recorded from Howard Millen of Bethersden, Kent, 2007


  1. Hi Paul, I think I remember seeing this published in 'The Bedtime Book of 365 Nursery Rhymes' - it was a book I had in the late 1970s. If I've still got it, I'll send you the scan of the page... congrats on the new blog

  2. Howard told this as an introduction to the family song The Old Owl. If you can get the Real Audio clip to play, there's a snatch of the song attached to a review of the Millen Family CD at:
    I've always liked the rhyme because it seems to sum up quite a lot about fieldwork.

  3. Indeed, I concur with your last sentence! In that same book is the riddle 'How many strawberries grow in the sea?' 'As many herring as swim in the wood', or something like that.