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Twa Corbies (v2)


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carlaz

 Genre: Heavy Metal

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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, and the music is largely based on a traditional Breton tune called "An Alarc'h" ("The Swan"); these are the same sources that inspired versions by Steeleye Span and Boiled in Lead among others. The short bridge-like riff that occurs after a few of the verses is my own composition. The style is ... eh, sort of "latter-day Sabbath". ;)

The version posted here was slightly remixed from the originally posted version (v1) in response to MacJams user feedback (trying to get the vocals a bit clearer, etc.).
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Lyrics
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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Downloads: 132
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Uploaded: Jan 16, 2008 - 10:34:06 AM
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2008 - 12:44:58 PM Last Played: May 26, 2019 - 02:11:07 AM
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Hardware:
1992 Gibson Les Paul Standard with Bare Knuckle Crawler pickups. 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 bass. Shure BG2 microphone. Mac Mini (Intel). Tascam US-122 audio interface.
Software:
Apple GarageBand '08, Zygoat Doggiebox 1.3.
Comments
Feter said 4198 days ago (January 16th, 2008)
Twa Corbies
now this is a great great Groovin work...
man keep this project ...I wish to hear more
of that ...its great !!!!!!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
said 4198 days ago (January 16th, 2008)
I'm glad...
I came across this. I really like the Sabbath feel you got going here. I like the raw sound of the rhythm guitars, not over distorted at all. The solo fits perfect.

Did you try using one "dry" vox and one "wet" one.

This could help with hearing the punctuation of the lyrics better.

Beside that little, and I mean little problem.

THIS ROCKS!!

Einarus said 4197 days ago (January 17th, 2008)
Oh, man
This is some seriously cool stuff.

I really dig your vocals in this and don't even get me started on your guitarwork. Those solos of yours are really tasty!

Very cool stuff, indeed!

-Einar S.
Check out my latest song called "I Hate Goodbyes"
said 4196 days ago (January 18th, 2008)
way to rock it
this rocks, nice done!

. - Harold
said 4196 days ago (January 18th, 2008)
HEY
I like this, very nice vocals & guitar
said 4182 days ago (February 1st, 2008)
definatly
sabbath feeling... but i also hear the prog rock influences of tull. nicely mixed. the bass is right there, something that can get lost in a mix in a hurry... i am very happy to hear some heavy metal popping up more around here..
Allen
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Name: Carl Edlund Anderson
Location: Bogotá D.C. Colombia
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Formed in 1971 ;) Carl grew up on a musical diet of folk, jazz, and classical music, before succumbing to the heady glories of rock-and/or-roll in a teenage daze. Since then, he's played various instruments (badly) in various bands in the US and UK. ... [see more]

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Heavy metal, sometimes referred to as simply metal, is a form of music characterised by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars. Heavy metal is a development of blues, blues rock, rock and prog rock. Its origins lie in the

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