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The traditional early 17th century Scottish ballad “Twa Corbies” performed by the German band Schelmish. This haunting ballad urges the listener to make their life count while they can, because they may soon die and fade from memory.

Twa Corbies (Two Raven), in Scottish folk English.

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Die Rabenballad (The Raven Ballad), performed in German, with original video.

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Lyrics:

As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies makin’ a mane.
The tane intae the tither did say, O,
“Whaur sall we gang and dine the day, O,
whaur sall we gang and dine the day?”

“It’s in ahint you auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a new slain knight,
an naebody kens that he lies there, O,
but his hawk and his hound and his lady fair, O,
but his hawk and his hound and his lady fair”.

“His hound is to the haunting gane,
his hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,
his lady’s ta’en anither mate, O,
so we may mak our dinner swate”.

“Ye’ll sit on his white hause-bane,
and I’ll pike oot his bonny blue e’en,
we’ll theek oor nest when it grows bare, O,
we’ll theek oor nest when it grows bare”.

There’s mony a ane for him maks mane,
but nane sall ken whaur he is gane,
o’er his white banes when they are bare, O,
the wind sall blaw for evenmair, O,
the wind sall blaw for evenmair.

More from Schelmish. Watch video for Der letzte kuss on youtube. Click Here.

Twa Corbies performed by female singers. Click Here.