Jan 24, 2011

And now for something COMPLETELY different...

Inspired by tales of Morrigan, a Celtic deity who can trace her roots back to the megalithic cult of Mothers, I wanted to tell the other side of a ghoulish Scottish folk song called Twa Corbies (Two Ravens).  So here is Morrigan, having "thatched her nest when it grows bare-oh".  Death gives way to regeneration...

Below the pics you'll find both versions of Twa Corbies as a poem, along with a You-Tube video of the folk song.  The modern English one is more accessible, but the old one is the one sung.  





The Twa Corbies
As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies makin a mane;
The tane unto the ither say,
"Whar sall we gang and dine the-day?"
"In ahint yon auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a new slain knight;
And nane do ken that he lies there,
But his hawk, his hound an his lady fair."
"His hound is tae the huntin gane,
His hawk tae fetch the wild-fowl hame,
His lady's tain anither mate,
So we may mak oor dinner swate."
"Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike oot his bonny blue een;
Wi ae lock o his gowden hair
We'll theek oor nest whan it grows bare."
"Mony a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken whar he is gane;
Oer his white banes, whan they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair." 


(Now in clear English...  :~)

The Two Ravens
As I was walking all alone,
I heard two ravens making moan;
The one unto the other did say,
"Where shall we go and dine today?"
"In behind that old turf wall,
I sense there lies a new slain knight;
And no-one knows that he lies there,
But his hawk, his hound and his lady fair."
"His hound is to the hunting gone,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl home,
His lady has taken another mate,
So we may make our dinner sweet."
"You will sit on his white neck-bone,
And I'll peck out his pretty blue eyes;
With one lock of his golden hair
We'll thatch our nest when it grows bare."
"Many a one for him is moaning,
But none will know where he is gone;
O'er his white bones, when they are bare,
The wind will blow for evermore."

5 comments:

  1. Very cool! Plus you get points for a Python reference :)

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  2. Shauna, I've been saying that so long I'd forgotten where it came from! (You can call me, um, vintage.) :~p

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  3. I love that song! It is a little gruesome, but I like it anyway. :)) And you art piece is really wonderful!

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  4. What a wonderful Fokart Doll Morrigan is. Love this piece and all that went into its creation.
    Jody

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  5. She's seriously amazing!!! Really starting to worry that wooden spoons are going to start showing up in my work though... why didn't I think of that?!?!?! :)

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