Can Anyone Help with a Song about Feeding Birds in the Winter?

Cathy Smith McGregor wrote on Mama Lisa’s World Facebook Group:

My Aunt posted this on her wall. Can you help her? (She is Welsh.)

“When I was in school in the U.K. we sang a little song about feeding the birds in winter, but all I can remember is bits and pieces. It says something about putting crumbs around your door, then it goes on to say ‘feed them for the Father’s sake till the winter’s ore.’… If you know it, please let me know what it is called and maybe who wrote it. Thanks”

If anyone can help Cathy and her aunt, also if you can let us know if there are more lyrics to the song, please comment below.

Thanks!

Mama Lisa

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9 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Song about Feeding Birds in the Winter?”

  1. diyana Says:

    I’m not an English. But when we were in Cardiff in 1998, I can recall my sister singing a Welsh song which I think is about bird. I am also looking for the song.

    I think it goes like this:
    Maegan idypin adi bato
    Aergwyn idris babo re
    (and the sentences repeat)
    ;p
    (i don’t actually remember the words and pronunciation)

    Hopefully i could get the full lyrics and translation. thanks.

  2. frankie Says:

    I know the song, and I remember the tune, but I can’t remember the full song and I can’t write music. The start of it uis something like ‘little birds in winter are hungry and are cold, feed them for your father, til the winter’s ore.’

    i’ll google a bit and try to find some more info

  3. Bertie Says:

    Diyana,

    The song you’re thinking of is “Mae gen i dipyn o dy back twt” – Here are the full words:

    Mae gen i dipyn o dy bach twt, o dy bach twt, o dy bach twt,
    Mae gen i dipyn o dy bach twt, a’r gwynt i’r drws bob bore.
    Hei-di-ho, di-hei-di-hei-di-ho, a’r gwynt i’r drws bob bore.

    (I have a little neat house, and the wind blows at the door every morning).

    I don’t know the name of the tune, but my mother (from Gloucestershire) sings a song called “Shepherd, o shepherd, will you come home?” to the same tune.

  4. MYFANWY EVANS Says:

    I sang it in primary school 65 years ago I remeber the tune but only one verse

    Little birds in winter time
    Hungry are and poor
    Feed them for your Father’s sake
    ‘Til the winter’s oer

  5. Diyana Says:

    Bertie, thanks a lot! This really made my day :)

  6. sharon Says:

    little birds in winter time, hungry are and poor… feed them for the fathers sake, till the winters o’er throw them crumbs that you can spare round about your door feed them for the fathers sake til the winters o’er ———————————————————————————— i remember the wee tune as well.. i always feed the birds because of this song x

  7. Lisa Says:

    That’s lovely Sharon. would you like to sing it for us? :)

  8. Margaret. Says:

    Little birds in winter time
    Hungry are and poor.
    Feed them for your Father’s sake
    ‘Till the winter’s o’er.

    Scatter crumbs that you can spare
    Round about your door.
    Feed them for your Father’s sake
    ‘Till the winter’s o’er.

    I loved singing this little song in school about 64 years ago. I could sing it with Sharon!

  9. Lisa Says:

    That’s great! We have an answering machine you can call and sing songs into the machine. Please let me know if you’d like the number.

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