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The winter is waking the Scots in me--and it occurred that some might be interested in the following ballad about two crows (twa corbies)

Here to is also a ink to Bruce Michael Baillie performing it-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9F_b84nRAY&feature=related

The Twa Corbies
(17th Cent Scottish Ballad)

AS I was walking all alane
I heard twa corbies making a mane:
The tane unto the tither did say,
'Whar sall we gang and dine the day?'

'—In behint yon auld fail dyke 5
I wot there lies a new-slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there
But his hawk, his hound, and his lady fair.

'His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame, 10
His lady 's ta'en anither mate,
So we may mak our dinner sweet.

'Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike out his bonny blue e'en:
Wi' ae lock o' his gowden hair 15
We'll theek our nest when it grows bare.

'Mony a one for him maks mane,
But nane sall ken whar he is gane:
O'er his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.' 20

GLOSS: corbies] ravens. fail] turf. hause] neck. theek] thatch.

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09 Dec 2008 17:48
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Joined: 05 Oct 2008 13:53
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Location: Decatur GA
You might be interested in the the Athens GA band Bob Hay and the Jolly Beggars that plays the songs of Robert Burns:

http://jollybeggars.netnik.com/about.html

I saw them play a few years ago and they were a lot of fun.


11 Dec 2008 21:10
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Location: Herefordshire, England
I know an "Anglicised" version of this song and sing it regularly.
I've always loved the lines:

"'Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike out his bonny blue e'en:
Wi' ae lock o' his gowden hair
We'll theek our nest when it grows bare".

which in my English version goes:
"You sit upon his bare breast-bone
While I from his head his eyes I'll pluck
And we'll have a lock of his golden hair
To line our nest when it goes bare".

Ravens, eh?

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