"Three Ravens" as written by Peter Yarrow, Noel C. Paul Stookey, Mary Allin Travers and Milton T. Okun....
There were three ravens sat on a tree
Down-a-down, Hey! Down-a-down,
And they were black as they might be, with a down
The one of them said to his mate:
"What shall we for our breakfast take?"
With a down, derry derry derry down, down

Down in yonder green field,
Down-a-down, Hey! Down-a-down,
There lies a knight slain under his shield, with a down
Down there comes a fallow doe,
As great with young as she might go
With a down, derry derry derry, down, down

She lifted up his bloody head,
Down-a-down, Hey! Down-a-down,
And kissed his wounds that were so red, with a down
She got him up across her back
And carried him to the earthen lack.
With a down derry derry derry down, down

She buried him before his prime
Down-a-down, Hey! Down-a-down,
She was dead herself, ere evening time, with a down
God send every gentlemen
Fine hawks, fine hounds and such a loved one
With a down derry derry derry down,


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    General CommentThis is a very old song. It was already an old folk ballad when first transcribed about 400 years ago. It's pretty much what it appears to be, if I'm not mistaken-- just three ravens discussing what they should eat that morning. They consider a slain knight, but he's still attended by his loyal hawk and hounds. His pregnant lover (leman is a sweetheart) bears him away, buries him, and then commits suicide.

    It ends with a comment how fortunate the knight was to have such loyal companions.
    CatAtomic99on June 14, 2012   Link

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