Ian Dury - Poor Joey Lyrics




I'm Joey the Budgie, I'm a boy or a girl
I'm probably the most typical caged bird in the world
In Cranham or Hounslow I sit on my perch
Old Mother Nature's left me right in the lurch

This is my routine: first I ponder and peck
I look in the mirror and I shit on the deck
I try to fly, I bang my head
I think of something creative instead

I ruffle my feathers and have a good scratch
Spend at least half an hour trying to undo my catch
Not as though I want to be deleted by an owl
I've got to fight this awful situation somehow

Poor Joey (who's a pretty boy then?)
Poor Joey
Poor Joe
Poor Joey
A bundle of joy then
Poor Joey (hello)

How the ruddy hell does she expect me to speak
With half a ton of cuttlefish stuck in my beak?
I go into a moody, disdainfully preen
And just to upset her, mutter something obscene

I appreciate the difficulties of owning a pet
Speaking as a budgie, it's like Russian Roulette
I was bred for the purpose and I shouldn't complain
I know you'll forgive me when I sing this refrain

Poor Joey (everyone's a bastard)
Poor Joey
Poor Joe
Poor Joey
Every Christmas they try and get me plastered
Poor Joey (hello)

Joey the Budgie, I'm a boy or a girl
I'm probably the most typical caged bird in the world
In Cranham or Hounslow I sit on my perch
Old Mother Nature's left me right in the lurch

Poor Joey (who's a pretty boy then?)
Poor Joey
Poor Joe
Poor Joey
A bundle of joy then
Poor Joey (hello)

Poor Joey
Poor Joe
Poor Joey
Poor Joe
Poor Joey (who's a pretty boy then?)
Poor Joe (hello)
Poor Joey
Poor Joe

(cheerio)





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  1. blast4music

    Whats the song called Ian Dury did that goes " ah ah ah dead budgerigar , ah ah ah dead budgerigar " ??? pleas help , been so long I heard it

  2. lee mappley

    Poor jokey poor joe NOFOLK ere we come. Ello

  3. John s M

    Heard* not head sorry typo

  4. John s M

    first time I have head this after all this, clever Ian,     RIP 

  5. Reg Stubbs

    I can't help smiling to myself whenever I hear this track..


    ...I think that's young Johnny Turnbull taking the part of Joey?

  6. Emperor1101

    He was a true legend

  7. ian dury

    Thanks Emperor 1101.

  8. ian dury

    How many superstars have sang a song about a budgie, not many, Sir Ian Dury did.

  9. DAIlike

    i love this song

  10. Emperor1101

    @rockfellia yeah sorry i havent been on youtube that much lately XD

  11. Rockfellia Darkmanor

    have you noticed it after....3 month?

  12. Emperor1101

    @rockfellia glad you liked it :)

  13. Rockfellia Darkmanor

    Hahaha! Yes, I watched it! Hello, Joey!