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written by Sydney Carter?
  1. The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn
    Now is the time for a child to be born
    He'll cry for the moon and laugh at the sun
    If he's a boy, he'll carry a gun
    Sang the crow on the cradle.
  2. If it should happen that our baby's a girl
    Never you mind if her hair doesn't curl
    Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
    And a bomber above her wherever she goes
    Sang the crow on the cradle.
  3. Rockaby baby the dark and the light
    Somebody's baby is born for a fight
    Rockaby baby, the white and the black
    Somebody's baby is not coming back
    Sang the crow on the cradle.
  4. Your mammy and pappy, they'll scrape and they'll save
    Build you a coffin and dig you a grave
    Hushaby little one, why do you weep
    We've got a toy that will put you to sleep
    Sang the crow on the cradle.
  5. Bring me a gun and I'll shoot that bird dead
    That's what your mammy and pappy once said
    Crow on the cradle, oh what should I do
    That is a thing that I leave to you.
    Sang the crow on the cradle.