Twa corbies – Two Ravens, English people ballad, Pied Pipers.

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Twa Corbies (Two Ravens) is a haunting Scottish people ballad, first printed in a music e book in 1611. This model is the very best, in my view, due to the ‘poliphonic’ introduction, as a result of the association is nice, and since there’s a lovely reed-pipe solo in the long run. The textual content runs roughly because it follows*** (I do know the model you are listening to is sort of completely different, however I am not an English native speaker, so I did not dare ‘right’ the variations counting on what I hear):

As I used to be strolling all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane;
The tane unto the t’different say,
‘The place sall we gang and dine to-day?’

‘In behint yon auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a brand new slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there,
However his hawk, his hound, and girl truthful.

‘His hound is to the looking gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,
His woman’s ta’en one other mate,
So we might mak our dinner candy.

‘Ye’ll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I will pike out his bonny blue een;
Wi ae lock o his gowden hair
We’ll theek our nest when it grows naked.

‘Mony a one for him makes mane,
However nane sall ken the place he’s gane;
Oer his white banes, when they’re naked,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.’

***Supply: Wikipedia. For each mistake you’d discover, put the blame on Wiki.
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