The Devil's Bow & Arrow

by Queen of Corkbots

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Inspired by the folklore of our favourite British bird, the robin. The lyrics are based on the traditional 'Babes in the woods' folk tale. The choral refrain 'The spink and the sparrow are the devil's bow and arrow' is borrowed from a Lancashire rhyme about birds.

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We walked into the woods
With uncle, with uncle
We sat upon the ground
And listened to the birds around

CHORUS
The robin and the wren
The sacred cock and hen
The spink and the sparrow
The devil's bow and arrow

In Wayland wood
We wandered, we wandered
The woods were cold
And we were not old

CHORUS
The robin and the wren
The sacred cock and hen
The spink and the sparrow
The devil's bow and arrow

The robin and the wren
The sacred cock and hen
The spink and the sparrow
The devil's bow and arrow

And when we were dead
The robin so red
Brought strawberry leaves
And over us spread

CHORUS
The robin and the wren
The sacred cock and hen
The spink and the sparrow
The devil's bow and arrow

The robin and the wren
The sacred cock and hen
The spink and the sparrow
The devil's bow and arrow

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released February 6, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Brona McVittie. Mixed and mastered by Myles Cochran.

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Brona McVittie Northern Ireland, UK

Folk chanteuse Brona McVittie is lead singer and harpist for the London Lasses and a member of neo-impressionist outfit littlebow. She is currently producing her debut solo LP We Are the Wildlife – a collection of fable pop and traditional balladry steeped in the majesty of her native County Down. ... more

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