Twa Corbies

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In this dark Scots ballad, which probably dates from the 18th century and was first published in Walter Scott's Minstrelsy in 1812, we are left to contemplate the abandoned remains of the knight.
I love this hymn-like version.

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Twa Corbies - Trad

As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane;
The tane unto the t'other say,
'Where sall we gang and dine to-day?'

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

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

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

'Mony a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken where he is gane;
Oer his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.'

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from Calanais, track released October 30, 2018
Traditional/Arranged & performed by Lissa-Kathe On 36 String Lever Harp/Bodhrán/Bells/12 String Guitar/Vocals

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Lissa-Käthe

Lissa-Kathe is a Celtic folk harpist, composer, singer-songwriter. As well as her original works, she arranges traditional tunes and songs and adorns poetry and verse to music. Adding to her harps and piano she plays the myriad of instruments for her creations, including guitar, recorder, bodhrán, bells & percussion, accordions, synth,all vocals and more. She is a creative teacher also. ... more

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