1 stewing chicken (or a fryer), whole
1 cup celery, cut up
1 medium onion, cut up
Several carrots, peeled and chunked
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (just like the song)
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
Put everything into a good sized stock pot, add water to cover and bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the chicken is tender. It will begin to fall off the bones at that point.
Remove from heat, let cool slightly. Strain, discarding vegetables and bones and keeping the chicken.
Now you have some chicken stock, a base for many recipes.