Three Ravens

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Three Ravens first appeared in a publication titled Melismata by Thomas Ravenscroft in 1611. Originating in England, it, over time, appeared in Scotland under the title Twa Corbies. 

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Three ravens sat upon a tree
Hey doun hey doun
Three ravens sat upon a tree
They were black as black could be

And they sing lay doun lay doun a day
And they sing lay doun lay doun a day
And they sing lay doun lay doun 

The middlemaist ane said to his mate
Where will our dinner get
Doun in to yon grass green field
There lays a squire baith killed and dead

And his horse was standing by his side
And thought that he should get on and ride  
And his hounds were standing by his feet
They licked his sairs they were so deep

And they sing lay doun lay doun a day
And they sing lay doun lay doun a day
And they sing lay doun lay doun 

And there came a lady full of woe
She was big wi' child as she could go
And she's stretched hersel' doon by his side
And for the love of him she's died

And he was buried in Saint Mary’s kirk
Ans she was buried in Saint Mary’s quire
And oot his grave there grew a fir 
And oot’ o her’s a lily fair

And they grew til’ they grew to the kirk top
And there they kissed in true love’s knot
So dinnae think but their love was true
When out their grave sick floors did grow

And they sing lay doun lay doun a day
And they sing lay doun lay doun a day
And they sing lay doun lay doun

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from Trig, released July 27, 2016
Three Ravens (Trad. English, arr. Tannara)

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