More Birds

It’s night time in the big city

Freshly fallen snow turns gray in the gutter

The engineer won’t stop coughing


“It’s time once again for more bird songs here on Theme Time Radio Hour. We’ve gotten a lot of response to last week's show. A lot of people have written in with their favorite bird songs. People are asking me questions about birds. I’m not exactly an expert, but I’ll try and help as much as I can.”

Singers and Songs

  • Howlin' Wolf
    The Red Rooster

    “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. A rooster in the hand…well, never mind.”

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Little Wing

    “We’re flying high and we know no borders. We travel the world, slave to no boundaries.”

  • Miles Davis
    Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Charlie and His Orchestra
    Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Anita O'Day
  • Johnny Taylor
    Little Bluebird
  • Listen To The Mockingbird
  • Mockingbird
  • Bluebirds Over The Mountain
  • Bobby Pauneto
    Why Is Woody Sad?
  • Big Joe Turner
    The Chicken And The Hawk
  • The Bird's The Word
  • Surfin' Bird
  • Eddie Floyd
    Big Bird
  • Charlie Parker
    Bird Gets The Worm
  • The Stanley Brothers
    White Dove
  • Prince
    When Doves Cry

Other People and Players

  • Five After Four
  • Johnny Jones
  • Willie Dixon
  • Sam Lay
  • The Rolling Stones

    “I got a special spot for the Stones for standing up for the music that inspired them.”

  • Band of Gypsys
  • Nina Simone
  • Judy Garland
  • Liza Minnelli
  • The Ink Spots
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Hoagie Carmichael
  • Johnny Mercer
  • Bob Wills
  • Vincent Brown
  • The Aladdin Laddies
  • Pappy O’Daniel
  • Phil Everly
  • Roger McGuinn
  • The Emanons
  • The Lamplighters
  • The Tenderfoots
  • The Rebels
  • Booker T
  • Otis Redding
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Hitler
  • Churchill
  • Chickie Evans
  • Charles Darwin
  • Chip Hanson
  • Nietzsche
  • Robert William Service
  • Roosevelt
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Duke Ellington
  • William Blake
  • Judy Garland

The Places

  • Germany
  • Texas
  • Brighton, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • The Studio of The Stars
  • Cincinnati
  • Minnesota
  • London
  • Salt Lake City

Record Labels

  • Stax

Other Songs and Albums

The Guests

  • Richard Lewis
  • Tom Waits


“I’m tempted to do a third show about birds”


Why Do Birds Sing? by Robert William Service

Let poets piece prismatic words,

Give me the jewelled joy of birds!

What ecstasy moves them to sing?

Is it the lyric glee of Spring,

The dewy rapture of the rose?

Is it the worship born in those Who are of Nature's self a part,

The adoration of the heart?


Is it the mating mood in them

That makes each crystal note a gem?

Oh mocking bird and nightingale,

Oh mavis, lark and robin - hail!

Tell me what perfect passion glows

In your inspired arpeggios?


A thrush is thrilling as I write

Its obligato of delight;

And in its fervour, as in mine,

I fathom tenderness divine,

And pity those of earthy ear

Who cannot hear . . . who cannot hear.


Let poets pattern pretty words:

For lovely largesse - bless you, Birds!