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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            53
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THE THREE RAVENS (Child, No. 26)
Two variants (one a fragment of only one stanza) have been found in Indiana under the title of "The Three Crows." Both are far removed from the spirit of the Child versions.
For American texts, see Barry, No. 27; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 10; Cox, No. 6; Hudson, No. 6; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 72; Jones, p. 301; Journal, XX, 154; XXXI, 273.
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"The Three Crows." Contributed by Mrs. A. S. Ford, of Evansville, Indiana. Vanderburg County. Learned in Vigo County. October 29, 1935.
1.     There were three crows sat on a tree,
0 Billy McGee, McGaw; There were three crows sat on a tree,
0 Billy McGee, McGaw. There were three crows sat on a tree, And they were as black as crows could be; And they all flapped their wings and cried:
"Caw! Caw! Caw!" And they all flapped their wings and cried: "0 Billy McGee, McGaw !"
2.     One crow said to the other mate,
0 Billy McGee, McGaw; One crow said to the other mate, 0 Billy McGee, McGaw; One crow said to the other mate, "What shall we do for grub to eat?" And they all flapped their wings and cried:
"Caw! Caw! Caw!" And they all flapped their wings and cried: "0 Billy McGee, McGaw!"








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