Carrion Crow

Paul Austin Kelly

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Classic British folksong about a tailor trying to get rid of a pesky crow. Everything goes wrong and he ends up shooting his own pig.

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Trad, arr. by P.A. Kelly | R. Durrant

Trad, arr. by P.A. Kelly | R. Durrant

P.A. Kelly

A carrion crow sat on an oak
With a ling-dong dilli dong ki-ro me
Watching a tailor mending a cloak
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
Hey fa-lee fa-lay fa-lero, hey fa-lee fa-lero-lee
Up jumped John, ringing on his bell
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me

O, wife, o wife bring me my bow
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
That I may shoot this carrion crow
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
Hey fa-lee fa-lay fa-lero, etc.

Well, the tailor fired but he missed his mark
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
And he shot his old sow right bang through the heart
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
Hey fa-lee fa-lay fa-lero, etc.

O wife, o wife bring brandy and a spoon
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
For our old sow, she’s gone in a swoon
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
Hey fa-lee fa-lay fa-lero, etc.

Now the old sow died and the bells did toll
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
And the little pigs mourned for the old sow’s soul
With a ling-dong dilly-dong ki-ro me
Hey fa-lee fa-lay fa-lero, etc.

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