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Shona sent me this nice Scottish song a couple of days ago. Here’s the song and what Shona said about it…

Here is a song that my grandma sang to me when I was small. She was from Glasgow:

Three Craws (Crows)….

Three craws sat upon a waa (wall)
sat upon a waa
sat upon a waa-a-a-aa
Three craws sat upon a waa on a cal (cold) an frosty mornin’

‘i (pronounced as in sit – meaning the) first craw wiz (was) greetin (crying) for is (his) ma (mother)
greetin for is ma
greetin for is ma-a-a-aa
‘i first craw wiz greetin for is ma on a cal an frosty mornin’

‘i second craw wiz greetin for is da (father)
greetin for is da
greetin for is da-a-a-aa
‘i second craw wiz greetin for is da on a cal an frosty mornin’

‘i third craw cudna (couldn’t) flee (fly) ata (at all)
cudna flee ata
cudna flee ata-a-a-aa
‘i third craw cudna flee ata on a cal and frosty mornin’

If I can figure out how to record it I’ll sing it and send it to you.

Shona

Thanks for sharing your grandma’s song with us! If you’re able to record it, of course we’d love to hear this song too.

-Lisa

Come visit The Mama Lisa’s World Great Britain Page for more Songs from Scotland.

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This artilce was posted on Friday, August 4th, 2006 at 3:50 pm and is filed under British Children's Songs, Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, Scotland, Scottish, Scottish Children's Songs, Three Craws. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

5 Responses to ““Three Craws”, a Children’s Song from Scotland”

  1. Lindsay Says:

    The third craw fell and broke his jaw

    The fourth craw wisnae there at a

  2. lisa Says:

    if you want to hear it the Singing Kettle does a version which you may be able to download off the web.

  3. Lisa Says:

    I wasn’t able to find it. Well if anyone out there would like to record themselves singing it, I’d still love to post it!

    -Lisa

  4. Kirsten Says:

    Three Craws (Crows)….

    Three craws sat upon a waa (wall)
    sat upon a waa
    sat upon a waa-a-a-aa
    Three craws sat upon a waa on a cal (cold) an frosty mornin’

    ‘i third craw cudna (couldn’t) flee (fly) ata (at all)
    cudna flee ata
    cudna flee ata-a-a-aa
    ‘i third craw cudna flee ata on a cal and frosty mornin’

    ‘i (pronounced as in sit – meaning the) first craw wiz (was) greetin (crying) for is (his) ma (mother)
    greetin for is ma
    greetin for is ma-a-a-aa
    ‘i first craw wiz greetin for is ma on a cal an frosty mornin’

    fell an broke hes jaw
    fell an broke hes jaw
    fell an broke hes jawwwwww
    fell an broke hes jaw on a cal and frosty mornin’

    Thts The Right Wurdssssss :D :D :D

  5. Di Says:

    The correct version does have that ending:
    The fourth craw wanae there at a
    Followed by an ABRUPT silence!

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