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Monday, December 26, 2011

Three Craw Sat Upon a Wa'


 
I've been hoping to find "three craw" sitting around somewhere for quite a while. Sorry, I don't have a "wa," so they are just in a tree, but I get to share this song. We used to sing it at Scout camp, and I have always thought it is particularly funny. It's a traditional Scottish children's song. I think there are several versions, but they are all similar.

three crows in a tree

Three craws sat upon a wa',
sat upon a wa',
sat upon a wa',
Three craws sat upon a wa', On a cold and frosty mornin'.

The first Craw fell an' broke his jaw,
fell an' broke his jaw,
fell an' broke his jaw,
The first Craw fell an' broke his jaw, On a cold and frosty mornin'.

The second craw couldna' flee at a' ,
couldna' flee at a' ,
couldna' flee at a' ,
The second craw couldna' flee at a', On a cold and frosty mornin'.

The third Craw couldna' find his maw'
couldna' find his maw'
couldna' find his maw'
The third Craw couldna' find his maw' On a cold and frosty mornin'.

The fourth Craw wisna' there at a',
wisna' there at a',
wisna' there at a',
The fourth Craw wisna' there at a', On a cold and frosty mornin'.

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8 comments:

Secondary Roads said...

Cute song and nice pic. Would I be wrong the think that "wa" can be taken here to mean "wall?"

rainfield61 said...

I search around but cannot get to know what does it mean by wa.

Don't unplug your hub said...

Ones a crow, severals a rook.

Ann said...

I have never heard the song before. I'm curious about what a wa is. I wonder if Secondary Roads has the correct answer.

Ferd said...

No wonder they talk funny. They don't spell their words right! ;-)

Great post and song, Joan! I wish I knew the melody.

We have oodles of crows right now. Our own, and the ones that have come south for the winter.

RNSANE said...

Now, Joan....you should have recorded the song for us, to accompany your post...that would have been something...nice pic!

vanilla said...

I've never heard that song at a'. Fun.

Sharkbytes said...

Chuck- yup, "wall" rhymes with "all"

rainfield- from Scottish to English to your native language

John- yeah, but rook doesn't sound right

Ann- yup

Ferd- stay tuned... you might

Carmen- I may

vanilla- it is fun!

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