A song of the Ashanti people from Ghana, humorously pretending to sympathise with the poor chicken which is always used in sacrifices.

Fowl, condolences, poor, poor, poor fowl;
Fowl, condolences, poor, poor, poor fowl;
When a child is sick
I am looking for a fowl to buy:
When an old man is sick
I am looking for a fowl to buy:
When my wife is sick
I am looking for a fowl to buy:
When my brother is sick
I am looking for a fowl to buy:
Fowl, condolences, poor, poor, poor fowl!

from Girls’ Nubility Rites in Ashanti (1977),
P. Sarpong,
Ghana Publishing Corporation