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Twa Corbies (v1)



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This is a "folk metal" version of the Scottish border ballad "Twa Corbies". The lyrics are traditional, based on those found in Sir Walter Scott's collection "Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border". The melody is largely based on the traditional Breton tune called "Alar'ch" ("The Swan"); the short bridge-like bit after some verses is my own composition. The style is ... eh, sort of latter-day Sabbath! :)

(There's now an updated version of this track that incorporates feedback from other MacJams users :)
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As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane;
And t'ane untae the t'other say-o,
Where sall we gang and dine to-day-o?
Where sall we gang and dine to-day?

In behind yon auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a new slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there-o
But his hawk, his hound, and lady fair-o,
His hawk, his hound, and lady fair.

His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,
His lady's ta'en another mate-o,
So we may mak our dinner sweet-o,
We may mak our dinner sweet.

O you sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike out his bonny blue een.
Wi' many lock o his golden hair-o
We'll theak our nest when it grows bare-o,
Theak our nest when it grows bare.

O many a one for him makes mane,
But nane shall ken where he is gane.
Oer his white banes, when they are bare-o
The wind shall blow for evermair-o,
The wind shall blow for evermair.
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Uploaded: Dec 21, 2007 - 03:47:47 PM
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2008 - 10:42:51 AM Last Played: Jun 30, 2019 - 05:27:24 PM
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thoddi said 4228 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
Great guitars, and impressive vocals.
Drums and bass sits tight and good and make a good foundation for the rest.

Cool with the sounds of the birds in there...
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BloodSoul said 4228 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
this rocks!!! this whole song is killer. reminds me a bit of sabbath, yeah, but also a little amon amarth, and moonsorrow as well. very cool.
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rtcooper said 4227 days ago (December 23rd, 2007)
Well put together. Concept and delivery.
Good Rocking, here.

The Vocal sounds a tad short, like it could be opened up in the 2K to 4K range rising above the Drive of the guitars. Good Vocal work with fine interval notches. Crisp.

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Peter Bauckham said 4226 days ago (December 23rd, 2007)
An interesting
version of this traditional number. I like the 'Sabbath' guitars. I agree that the vocals area little bit buried in the mix but a great job in anyway.

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carlaz said 4203 days ago (January 16th, 2008)
Thanks for the feedback, folk! :)
Though my understanding of the art of mixing is very limited, I've tried a few tweaks to take in your feedback -- especially getting the vox a bit higher and clearer. I've uploaded that now (though the new version seems to have its own entry on MacJams rather than replacing the old one.
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