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Thread #150089   Message #3495184
Posted By: GUEST,sophie snell
26-Mar-13 - 03:40 PM
Thread Name: Origin/Meaning: Crow on the Cradle (Sydney Carter)
Subject: Crow on the Cradle
Hi there - hope you dont mind me posting this here, a friend recommended it - I work as a traditional oral storyteller ( and occasionally weave the odd folk song into my stories.

I have been looking into Sidney Carter's song "Crow on the Cradle" - a protest song from the 60's that has great echos of an older time. I am trying to research it's provenance, as a wiki reference aludes to the fact the song may be based on a much older folk song ? 16th / 17th century?

per Wiki entry for Carter: ""The Crow on the Cradle", adapted from an old folk song"

Does any one know any more about this and whether there is an original song I can track down? Any info on dates / sources / tune or lyrics or any known backstory (even better) would be fantastic.

Many thanks - kind regards, Sophie (