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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.

We dedicate this rendition to the victims of gun violence.


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


from Coventry Carol - Single, released December 13, 2019
Produced by Todd Parker
Recorded at Starlight Blanket Studio, Sacramento, California, November 2019.

Todd Parker - Instruments
Noa - vocals

Traditional Public Domain


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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 in 2010 and produced a decade's worth of solo material with help from The Witches, all of which is contained right here.

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