Coventry Carol - Single

by Todd Parker and The Witches



The Coventry Carol is not a Christmas carol at all. It is a part of the Feast of the Holy Innocents, celebrated December 28th, commemorating the story of the massacre of the young children of Bethlehem ordered by King Herod in an attempt to eliminate the Messiah. The song is a lament, women singing a last lullaby for their murdered children.

Noa, my daughter, who was 9 when she contributed backing vocals to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, takes the main vocals here at age 17.

We dedicate this rendition to the victims of gun violence.


released December 13, 2019

Produced by Todd Parker

Recorded at Starlight Blanket Studio, Sacramento, California, November 2019.


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Todd Parker and The Witches Sacramento, California

Todd Parker, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/founder, of the 1990's Hoboken/NYC psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles returned after a decade off from producing music with Greetings From The Star Chamber in 2010 which has been followed by a series of EPs, singles and 3 more studio albums, the latest being 2018's Futuretripper. More to come. ... more

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Track Name: Coventry Carol
Lullay, lullay
My little tiny child
By-by, lullay, lullay

Lullay, lullay
My little tiny child
By-by, lullay, lullay

Oh, sisters two
How may we do
For to preserve this day?

This poor youngling
Of whom we do sing
By-by, lullay, lullay

Herod the King
In his raging
Charged he hath this day

His men of might
In his own sight
All children young to slay

Then woe is me
Poor child for thee
And ever mourn and say

For thy parting
Nor say nor sing
By-by, lullay, lullay