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The Boar and the Fox

  • Trad

    The boar he has a-hunting gone to a lady of command
    And he's gone to the lady fox and he has proffered her his hand

    You're welcome here, Lord Bruin, she says, you are welcome here to me
    But ere I lie unto your bed, you must grant me favours three

    Favours three then I will grant, no matter what these favours are
    For there isn't a beast in all the wood that will dare to challenge me

    Then bid me bring the red-deer's heart, or the nambles of the hind
    To be a bridal supper dish fitting my true lover's mind

    No! Ah no! cries the lady fox, These are not the gifts for me
    But there are three birds in fair Scotland, sitting on a single tree

    And I must have the hearts of one, and the heads of the other two
    Then I will go, for will or woe, and be a bride, a bride to you

    Repeat 1

    Woe be to that lady fox, she's the vilest of her breed
    For the bonny birds were reaved awa' and condemned by her to bleed

    The boar was caught inside her den with a trap that severed his leg
    And she's tied the boar up by the neck, and he has hung till he was dead

    As sung by The Battlefield Band

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1981:] This unusual and macabre song was found in James Hogg's 'Tales of the Borders'. We don't know its origins or date but it may be an allegory based on a political murder in Scottish history. The melody is a pipe tune called Sleep Dearie Sleep. (Notes Battlefield Band, 'Home Is Where the Van Is')

    Tune: Sleep Dearie Sleep

Quelle: Scotland

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