Three Ravens.

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words & music by: Rachel Gibson & Jon Ives, © 2014
acoustic guitar: Epiphone EJ-200CE Super Jumbo played by Jon Ives
produced by: Jon Ives
recorded at: jives mobile studio (Boone, NC)

The story: This traditional ballad takes the form of three scavenger birds conversing about where and what they should eat.  One tells of a newly slain knight, but they find he is guarded by his loyal hawks and hounds. Furthermore, a “fallow doe”, an obvious metaphor for the knight’s pregnant lover or mistress comes to his body, kisses his wounds, bears him away, and buries him, leaving the ravens without a meal.

LYRICS:

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

Then 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 love-ed one
With a down , derry, derry, derry, down
Down