Cackle, Cackle, Mother Goose is an old nursery rhyme whose origins remain unclear. It is one of the few songs that include a reference to “mother goose” a phrase so much linked to nursery rhymes.
The “mother goose” often refers to a witch but in this song’s case, the goose might refer to the animal, as the goose offers her feathers just like in “Baa Baa Black Sheep“, another popular rhyme about animals.
“Cackle, Cackle, Mother Goose” Lyrics
Cackle, cackle, Mother Goose,
Have you any feathers loose?
Truly have I, pretty fellow,
Half enough to fill a pillow.
Here are quills, take one or two,
And down to make a bed for you.