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30 March 2011 @ 07:27 pm
From a few hours ago (LJ it makes me sad when you don't work):

I am about to drift off for my nap.

There are two magpies perched on the telly receptor on my roof.

I do not tell a lie.

I'm all snuggled into bed and staring up at them through my 'sunlight' window.

I've never seen magpies there, only a fat pigeon. My heart is singing.

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird you must not miss


"No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; but grateful take the good I find, the best of now and here."
[John G. Whittier]
Current Mood: touchedTouched.
minervas_eule: Lesen LCHminervas_eule on March 30th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
What a sweet rhyme!
We have magpies in the garden all the time; they make quite a racket, but their feathers look so nice!

LJ made me sad today, too.... but obviously I did not miss much as nobody could get on ;-)
And last time I did get on and tried to post this comment, it did "eat" it up :-//
Kiwi Crocus: Women || Windy smile.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
It's an old rhyme that started out far less sweetly due to association with suspicions, I believe, but I love the modern-day version of it! In North America we count crows instead of magpies, since we don't really see magpies around; they're both corvids (the European ones at least). There are some more versions of the rhyme here (if you scroll down) :D.

That version inspired the band name for Counting Crows (an American band I loved as a teenager - they're a bit whiny sometimes, though) and they include the rhyme in their song Murder of One:

Well, I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow,
Casting shadows on the winter sky as you stood there counting crows.
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for girls and four for boys,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.

One version of the song is here. I've grown away from most Counting Crows songs, but I still do like many from their album August and Everything After.

I also just realise that the fanfic I am editing right now (which I wrote at 15 I believe) is loosely based off that song! Funny how things work out. Stardust, I tend to call coincidences like these.

I love magpies; I think they fill an important ecological niche, even if they're 'common'.

And now I have given you an essay, it seems! Heh heh, sorry about that! I get enthusiastic, you see. :Þ
Kiwi Crocus: Text || Wine'ing allowed.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
And, just for shared misery, I hate when LJ 'eats' my comments! Nowadays I always take care to 'select all' and 'copy' so I can try posting it again if LJ eats it the first time.

Edited at 2011-03-30 09:16 pm (UTC)
minervas_eule: Minervaminervas_eule on March 30th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this educational essay, I enjoyed it so much!! All the different versions of the rhyme in the different parts of the country *gg*; and I had come across "Counting Crows" via my children and always wondered about the name *LOL* (my youngest favourite song is "Mrs. Potter"),
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Palm tree.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
So glad I didn't bore you! :D I liked the one ending in "ten for Joyous Bliss" (I think)! Although I like "ten for a bird you must not miss" because 'bird' is also used 'round these parts to mean woman, especially in a potential-romance sense, so it reminds me that out there in the Wider World there are women I should be paying attention and not missing... so that I will have a few Nice Romances in the future. (:

You know, I've been a fan of Counting Crows since I was 14 and I always knew there was a 'counting magpies' rhyme that I had never heard; I wondered if the Counting Crows had just ripped it off for their band... I didn't realise that it's actually a prominent phrase in the US as well, just using crows instead of magpies - I'm a little relieved to know, since at 15 I was upset to think of one of my favourite bands ripping off an old phrase! Though I suppose it happens often enough and is just a different version of creativity - art inspiring art and all.

"Mrs Potter" is a nice one, I think - sad nice. (: I find I do still like the Counting Crows. I find their lyrics often quite unique, even if they don't always make the most sense; I often pick uniqueness over sense. Then, part of our hearts always stays with the music we once loved, doesn't it? Even if we ourselves have for the most part moved on?

(At least, that's the justification I use for why I still get happy when the Spice Girls come on. I grew up with them.)
lash_laruelash_larue on March 30th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Please give my regards to Heckle and Jeckle.

Kiwi Crocus: Downton Abbey || Cora || Amused.cranky__crocus on March 30th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Will do, old featherhead. ♥ (I think you know I mean that only in reference to them and to friendship, and not as any statement on age or hair!)

Although I have a feeling this was a looker of a female with either Heckle or Jeckle, whichever one won out in the end.