The crow on the cradle    (video)

 

    Am - F - C - G - Am     - Dm - Am

 

               Am

1. The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn,

       F             C               G             Am

    now is the time for a child to be born.

             Am                                                Em

    He’ll laugh at the moon and cry for the sun,

           F           C            G        Am

    and if it’s a boy, he’ll carry a gun.

                     Dm               Am

    Sang the crow on the cradle.

 

           Am

2. And if it should be that this baby’s a girl,

       F              C               G               Am

    never you mind if her hair doesn’t curl.

             Am                                                     Em

    With rings on her fingers and bells on the toes,

                F             C                   G             Am

    and a bomber above her wherever she goes,

                     Dm               Am

    Sang the crow on the cradle.

 

             Am

3. The crow on the cradle, the black and the white,

       F                  C         G            Am

    somebody’s baby is born for a fight.

             Am                                                      Em

    The crow on the cradle, the white and the black,

       F                 C          G               Am

    somebody’s baby is not coming back.

                     Dm               Am

    Sang the crow on the cradle.

 

+  instrumental = verse 3

 

               Am

4. Your mother and father will sweat and they’ll slave,

          F                C             G              Am

    to build you a coffin and dig you a grave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Am                                                Em 

    Hush-a-bye little one, never you weep,

           F                C                  G               Am

    for we’ve got a toy that can put you to sleep.

                     Dm               Am

    Sang the crow on the cradle.

 

      Am

5. Bring me my gun and I shoot that bird dead,

       F                      C                 G                Am

    that’s what your father and mother once said.

             Am                                             Em

    The crow on the cradle, what can we do ?

            F            C                 G              Am

    Ah, this is a thing that I’ll leave up to you !

                     Dm               Am     - Em

    Sang the crow on the cradle.

             F           C                 G              Am  

    Ah, this is a thing that I’ll leave up to you.

                     Dm               Am

    Sang the crow on the cradle.

 

 

(orig. = capo 2nd)    (Jackson Browne)