As I was walking all alane
I heard twa corbies makin' mane;
And tane ontae the tither did say,
“Where shall we gang and dine the day
Where shall we gang and dine the day?”

“In behind yon aul fail dyke
I wot there lies a new slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there-o
But his hawk and his hound and his lady fair-o,
His hawk and his hound and his lady fair.”

His hawk is tae the hunting gane,
His hound to fetch the wildfowl hame;
His lady has ta'en anither mate-o
So we may make our dinner sweet-o,
We may make our dinner sweet”

“Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane
And I'll pike out his bonny blue een;
With many a lock of his golden hair-o
We'll theek our nest when it grows bare-o,
Theek our nest when it grows bare.”

“Many a one for him makes mane
But nane shall ken where he is gane;
O'er his white bones when they are bare-o
The wind shall blow for evermare-o,
The wind shall blow for evermare.”


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    General CommentThis is an amazing version of a traditional ballad about two carrion crows contemplating eating a newly slain knight and actually bothering to try to justify it to themselves by saying no one will know or care that the knight is missing, not even the knight's hawk or dog. I think it also seems to be a metaphor for creepy opportunistic human vultures who are always seeking to benefit from the misfortune of others. But at least the guy is already dead in this case.
    epiwooshon April 28, 2014   Link

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