Song

Three Ravens

This version of The Three Ravens comes from John Holmes of Roundhay who first heard it from his mother around 1825,in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire Hills.

Example of lyrics

There were 3 ravens on a tree, a down, a down, a derry down
There were 3 ravens on a tree. Hey ho!
The middlemost raven said to me
There lies a dead man at yon tree
A down, a down, a derry down. Hey ho!

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Song information

  • Mood:

    Dark but driving and rhythmic.

  • Technical:

    4 part harmony, 4 verses, with added vocal ‘fill’ part

  • In this download:

    full score (pdf)

  • Included in book or collection:English Folk Songs »