BRITISH MAN O' WAR
I came acroos the song 'The Three Ravens' ina book called 'Folk Songs or Hampshire and was imediately drawn to its slightly morbid nature. The song satrts off telling the story of three ravens who are conversing over where their next meal is coming from, in this conversation one of the Ravens tells of a knight that lays dead in a near by field but unfortunetly for the ravens the knights body is guarded by his dogs and his hawk, niether of which the ravens feel like battling with. 'Down there comes a fallow doe', now, this part of the song can be read in two ways i feel, some would would say that this is a mere metaphor for the knights pregnant wife who comes along to take him away for proper burial. However, we could also choose to believe that his wife iis infact either dead or some kind of whitch, who transforms into a doe to come and collect the deads knight body to carry him to the afterlife or indeed to give him a proper burial so that he can travel to the next world. The first interpretation here is indeed simplir, but what I like about the 2nd interpretation is that it means there is a pre-qual, another story tat happened before this one. Maybe another song that has yet to be remembered? who knows?