Oswald Durand was a Haitian poet laureate (1840-1906). Written as a lament for a real creole girl nicknamed Choucoune; popularity urged for a musical setting provided by Moleart Monton (1893).
Lolita Cuevas [on lp Haitian Folk Songs with Frantz Casseus on guitar]
Lord Burgess & His Calypso Serenaders [on lp Folk Songs Of Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad, shortly before he met and started influencing Harry Belafonte, writing the best bits of his groundbreaking Calypso album ('56); see: Day O, Jamaica Farewell and Island In The Sun]
Andre Tousaint & the Caribbeans [from the Bahamas; crediting Lord Burgess like most of the coverers]
Harry Belafonte [as Don't Ever Love Me]
Norman Luboff Choir [as Yellow Bird on Columbia lp Calypso Holiday, crediting Belafonte for selecting the songs; lyrics: Alan & Marilyn Bergman]
Arthur Lyman [Top 5 US]
Chris Isaak [all as Yellow Bird]
This 19th century Haitian melody can be traced back to an old French chanson from the Anjou region: Non non non, je ne marierai pas. In Haiti it is also known under it's Creole title Ti Zwazo (Little Bird), inspiring the English translation as Yellow Bird.