Magpie, the folk band

Staying with the musical theme this week, I decided to look up bands with corvid-related names and came across a lovely folk duo, Magpie with Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. I am a big fan of folk and indie music. So let me share Magpie with you.


Play one song here (click the little triangle below)

The Magpie by Magpie

From their own website, a biography of their band and themselves,

Magpie – Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino a brief biography

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of ’73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg’s VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

Songs about Corvids

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Here is the current playlist, the names are clickable and will allow you to purchase the track or album from Amazon should you wish to support the artist :

Crow by Zora Neale Hurston (Not Available on Amazon)

The Magpie’s Nest by Alasdair Roberts

Blackbird / Bye Bye Blackbird by Sara Gazarek

Here Comes My Blackbird by Chris Barber’s Jazz Band

Black Crow by Diana Krall

So The Blackbirds And The Bluebirds Got Together by Keith Nichols’ Jazz Artists

Blackbirds by Linkin Park (Not Available on Amazon)

Blackbird by Skully (Not Available on Amazon)

As the Crow Flies by Meg Hutchinson

Magpie To The Morning by Neko Case

Blackbird / Bye Bye Blackbird by Keith Jarrett

Black Winged Bird by Nina Persson

Blackbird by Sarah McLachlan

Crowswing by Nocrows

Blue Jay by Paul Strausman

The Magpie’s Tale by Phil Hardy

Black Crow by Shemekia Copeland

My Black Bird by Tam Echo Tam

Bye Bye Blackbird by Etta Jones

The Crow by Tracy Huffman

Fly Low Carrion Crow by Two Gallants

Hawks and Crows by Ben Weaver

Blackbird by The Beatles

Two Birds by Regina Spektor

Bird Song by Florence + The Machine

Echo Park Ornithology Club by Jericho

I will definitely add more as I come across them. Some are repeats, just sung in a different way or by a different artist. =) And, thanks to Seamus, a fellow blogger, who found some more corvid songs. You can check them out here.

Crow’s Commentary (a song by CorvidCanine)

I would like to share with you an original experimental metal song by CorvidCanine called “Crow’s Commentary” written and performed by Matthew Borders a.k.a. CorvidCanine. Matthew warns us to listen to it at a low level at first… you can download Crow’s Commentary here.

Crow’s Commentary

Original Artwork by Matthew Borders a.k.a. CorvidCanine

Crow’s Commentary lyrics:

Knocking at your window
But only for a treat
Or perhaps a gleaming treasure
To adore and to keep
Black-blue like the midnight sea
Clever, mischievous master of the sky
Poor human in the window
Who sees not, we share the same tone
In our eyes

Matthew (CorvidCanine) wrote, “the album still has a way to go before it is finished, but I’d like to go ahead and share this song.”

You can learn more about the special project here. Or you can hear all of his music here.

Thank you for sharing Matthew!

The Crow Song

Crow, originally uploaded by russthedutch.
“The Crow Song”
There were three crows sat on a tree, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
There were three crows sat on a tree, Oh Billy Ma-gee Maggar!
There were three crows sat on a tree,
And they were black as crows should be
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate,
What shall we do for grub to ate?
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar.
There lies a horse on yonder plain,
Whose by some cruel butcher slain,
We’ll perch upon his old backbone,
And pick his eyes out one by one.
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar.

Here is one version of this song sang by Burl Ives:
The Three Crows by Burl Ives

Album / CD Covers with Ravens

Ravens are also revered in our culture. Much like the crows who adorn our album/cd covers–ravens are a popular icon for musicians as well. Here are some of the album / cd covers we found with ravens:

When the Raven Has Come to the Earth

The Raven by The Stranglers

Raven’s Nest
by Everwood

of the Raven

by Nox Arcana

Seven Ravens: Unvarnished Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Raven in the Snow
by Bill Miller

Raven Flight
by No Man’s Land

Raven by John Williams & Dean Magraw

Of Raven & Ruins Bound to Prophecy

When the ravens fly over me by Dantalion

Odin’s Raven Magic by Sigur Ros

Beneath the Raven Moon by Mary Youngblood

If you know of other albums or cds with ravens (or crows) on the cover art — please email us at corvidcorner at g mail dot com or leave us a message to this post! Thanks!