From the recording Dark Songs Vol. VI

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The Unkindness of Ravens (Danielle French, Carley Baer) Performed by: Carley Baer - accordion, vocals / Danielle French - vocals, finger piano / Marcus Trana - drums, percussion, vocals / Tarl Knight - percussion, vocals / Julia McConahay - violin / Barrett Tasky - upright bass

Lyrics

They speak of the unkindness of ravens
With eyes as black as night
They steal the souls from the young and the old
As they travel far and wide

Did you hear about Old Man Halliday
He was out for his evening walk
When he spotted the ravens dotting the fence line
He thought nothing of them at the time
But he never came home that night
He was found in a gutter drowned in a half inch of water
And no one knows how or why

The unkindness of ravens
An omen they say
If you see them coming
Get out of the way
They cross your path
And it’s death I’m afraid
The unkindness of ravens
Is coming today

Well they say Bessie Higgins was out hanging the laundry
It was a dry summer, no rain for weeks
When suddenly a black cloud blotted out the sun
You know Bessie never touched a drop of liquor in her life
But that day she was poisoned to death by it
The coroner’s examination revealed cirrhosis of the liver
And a single black feather in her mouth

The unkindness of ravens
An omen they say
If you see them coming
Get out of the way
They cross your path
And it’s death I’m afraid
The unkindness of ravens
Is coming today

I heard pretty Miss Nightingale was out sweeping the stoop
When she heard a cacophony of cackling
Knowing the omen she wielded her broom
And sent them away scattering
But the ravens are not so easily deterred
They came back for her that night
They haunted her dreams
And rumor now has it that she has lost her mind

Hear these sad tales
We tell you no lies
So many poor souls
Have met their demise
So do as we say
And watch what you do
Or the unkindness of ravens
Will be coming for you