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The Three Ravens
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"The Three Black Crows." Obtained from Miss Mary Franklin, Cross­nore, Avery County, North Carolina, August n, 1930.
1. There were three crows sat on a tree, Old Billy McGaw McGee!
There were three crows sat on a tree,
Old Billy McGaw McGee!
There were three crows sat on a tree,
And they were black as crows could be,
And they all flapped their wings and cried,
"Caw! Caw! Caw!"
And they all flapped their wings and cried,
"Caw! Caw! Caw!"
2. "What shall we have for bread to eat?" Old Billy McGaw McGee!
"On yonders hill there lies a horse."
Old Billy McGaw McGee!
"We'll perch ourselves on his backbone,
And pick his eyes out one by one;"
And they all clapped their wings and cried,
"Caw! Caw! Caw!"
And they all clapped their wings and cried,
"Caw! Caw! Caw!"
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"Three Black Crows." Obtained from Mr. C. L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July 13, 1930.
1. There were three black crows Sat in a tree.
Oh, Billy McGee McGaw! And they were as black f                       As they could be.
Oh, Billy McGee McGaw!
They flapped their wings and crowed,
"Caw! Caw! Caw!"
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