Hares on the Common

by Queen of Corkbots

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In the 1950s song-collector Peter Kennedy recorded Dickie Lashbrook singing the traditional song Blackbirds and Thrushes in Devon in his home town of Lifton. Dickie was a travelling chimney sweep. The song was later featured on the Alan Lomax Songs of Seduction collection. Hares on the Common is an arrangement of this song. There is a better known version called Hares on the Mountain, which has been recorded by many folk artists, but I have never found another recording of Dickie's version.

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If maidens could sing like blackbirds and thrushes
If maidens could sing like blackbirds and thrushes
How many young men would go hide in the bushes?
Sing fal-de-ral fal-de-ral fal-de-ral day

If maidens could run like hares on the common
If maidens could run like hares on the common
How many young men would take guns and go hunting?
Sing fal-de-ral fal-de-ral fal-de-ral day

If maidens could swim like fish in the water
If maidens could swim like fish in the water
How many young men would undress and dive after?
Sing fal-de-ral fal-de-ral fal-de-ral day

If maidens could run like hares on the common
If maidens could run like hares on the common
How many young men would take guns and go hunting?
Sing fal-de-ral fal-de-ral fal-de-ral day

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released March 17, 2016
Arranged, performed, recorded and mixed by Brona McVittie. Mastered by Myles Cochran.

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