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3 Ravens Three Ravens
   
Credits: a) Three Ravens - traditional; arranged by Malinky
b) The Raven's Return - Karine Polwart
   
Appears On: 3 Ravens
   
Language: Scots-English
   
Other Versions: a) "An D Fheannaig" on Kathleen MacInnes' album g-Mhadainn Shamhraidh
"The Twa Corbies" on Old Blind Dogs' album Close To The Bone
   

Lyrics:

Three ravens sat upon a tree
Hey doun hey derrie day
Three ravens sat upon a tree
Hey doun
Three ravens sat upon a tree
And they were black as black could be
And sing la do an la do a day

The middle ane said tae his mate
Hey doun hey derrie day
The middle ane said tae his mate
Hey doun
The middle ane said tae his mate
"Oh where shall we our dinner get?"
And sing la do an la do a day

"Well, it's doun intae yon grass green field
Hey doun hey derrie day
"Well, it's doun intae yon grass green field
Hey doun
"Well, it's doun intae yon grass green field
There lies a knight that's newly killed"
And sing la do an la do a day

And his horse is standing at his side
Hey doun hey derrie day
And his horse is standing at his side
Hey doun
And his horse is standing at his side
And thinks he might get up and ride
And sing la do an la do a day

And his hounds are lying at his feet
Hey doun hey derrie day
And his hounds are lying at his feet
Hey doun
And his hounds are lying at his feet
And they lick his wounds sae sore and deep
And sing la do an la do a day

There came a lady full of woe
Hey doun hey derrie day
There came a lady full of woe
Hey doun
There came a lady full of woe
As big wi' child as she could go
And sing la do an la do a day

And she's stretched hersel' doon at his side
Hey doun hey derrie day
And she's stretched hersel' doon at his side
Hey doun
And she's stretched hersel' doon at his side
And for the love of him she's died
And sing la do an la do a day