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Published on Dec 4, 2011
This blood-curdling song, based on an old Scottish Legend, tells of a wild scene where Edward, covered with blood, walks in on his mother. In horror, she asks what has happened. At first he says he killed his hawk....then he says he killed his" red, roan steed." Finally, he blurts out that he has murdered his father, for no reason that we are ever told about. Tibbett's rendition is enough to make one's hair stand on end!
"Why does your brand so drop with blood, Edward, Edward? Why does your brand so drop with blood, And why so sad go ye, O?" "O I have killed my hawk so good, Mother, mother; O I have killed my hawk so good, And I have no more but he, O." Your hawk's blood was never so red, Edward, Edward; Your hawk's blood was never so red, My dear son, I tell thee, O." "O I have killed my red-roan steed, Mother, mother; O I have killed my red-roan steed, That went so fair and free, O."