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12. 7. 2011
Version by Damh the Bard
A derivative of the traditional folk ballad 'The Three Ravens', There are only two scavengers in "Twa Corbies" but this is the least of the differences between the songs although they do begin the same, However rather than commenting on the loyalty of the knight's beasts the corbies mention that the hawk and the hound have abandoned their master and are off chasing other game while his mistress has already taken another lover, The ravens are therefore guaranteed an undisturbed meal as no one else knows where the man lies or even that he's dead, They discuss in some gruesome detail the meal they will make out of him plucking out his eyes and using his hair for their nests, Some themes believed to be portrayed in "Twa Corbies" are: the fragility of life the idea that life goes on after death and a more pessimistic viewpoint on life,
As I was walking all alane
I heard twa corbies makin a mane;
The tane unto the ither say
"Whar sall we gang and dine the-day?"
"In ahint yon auld fail dyke
I wot there lies a new slain knight;
And nane do ken that he lies there
But his hawk his hound an his lady fair,"
"His hound is tae the huntin gane
His hawk tae fetch the wild-fowl hame
His lady's tain anither mate
So we may mak oor dinner swate,"
"Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane
And I'll pike oot his bonny blue een;
Wi ae lock o his gowden hair
We'll theek oor nest whan it grows bare,"
"Mony a one for him makes mane
But nane sall ken whar he is gane;
Oer his white banes whan they are bare