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There was twa craws sat on a stane,
Fal de ral,
Ane flew awa and there remained ane,
Fal de ral,

The ither seein his neebour gane,
Fal de ral,
He flew awa and there was nane,
Fal de ral.

A craw sat on a stane, a stane,
And when it flew away there was nane, there was nane.

(1) SC 33 (no. 17), slightly more Scots than Herd (MS.,
1776): "There was Two Craws sat on a stane, Fal de ral
&c./Then he flew awa [etc.]."

Moffat 50 TSNR (1933), 13, with music. The burden lines
run: Fal de ral de ral de ral de rah!/ Fal de ral lal
fal de ral de lido!/ Fal de ral lal lal fal de rah!/ Fal
de ral de ral de ral fal de rah!
(2) Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 124, from Crawford
Cf. Halliwell NRE (1842), 17 (XXV); ODNR 85 (no® 51),
"There were two birds sat on a stone"; first ref. Mother
Goose's Melody, c. 1765.

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Twa Crows Sat on a Stane (As noted in the DT file, example (1) appears in a slightly different form in Alfred Moffat's Fifty Traditional Scottish Nursery Rhymes (1933); midi made from notation in that book.)


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