The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63739   Message #1038173
Posted By: Bob Bolton
19-Oct-03 - 11:47 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Subject: RE: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
G'day Q,

To re-digress: Margaret Walters (who does, occasionally look into the Mudcat's murky depths) - and Roaring Forties, in Sydney sing a song I presumed to be an old English one, which has the chorus:

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl and
Four for a boy.
Five for silver,
Six for gold.
Seven for a secret ... never told.
Devil, Devil, I defy thee -
Devil, Devil, I defy thee.

The verses talk of keeping up the old bird-counting / divination practices, despite condemnation by the Priest.

Whoops - I just tried the words "Devil, I defy thee" in the DigiTrad ... and found The Magpie ... (... Check the DT first ... Check the DT first ... Check the DT first ... !).

I guess the subject of this sort of song depends on what sort of big black bird lives round your way.