Hares on the Mountain Traditional Folk

Released July 12, 2020

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Composition

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
Other releases
Traditional song arranged by James Fraser

Sound Recording

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
Other releases
All instruments, vocal, production
Artist's Notes

Hares on the Mountain (Roud 329) also known as Blackbirds and Thrushes / Oh Sally My Dear / Ducks on the Water,

is an English folk song. Versions of this song have been collected from traditional singers in England, Canada and the USA. Possibly dates back to mid 1800?s.

 

Video available here: https://youtu.be/DcfagSnKBP4

Lyrics

Hares on the Mountain

Oh Sally my dear I wish I could wed you
Oh Sally my dear I wish I could wed you
She smiled and replied Then you'd say I misled you


If young girls could sing like blackbirds and thrushes
If young girls could sing like blackbirds and thrushes
How many young men would go beating the bushes


If all the young girls were hares on a mountain
If all the young girls were hares on a mountain
How many young men would take guns and go hunting


Oh Sally oh Sally It's you I'd be kissing
Oh Sally oh Sally It's you I'd be kissing
She smiled and replied You don't know what you're missing


If all the young men were ducks on the water
If all the young men were ducks on the water
How many young girls would undress and dive after


If all the young men were rushes a-growing
If all the young men were rushes a-growing
How many young girls would get scythes and go mowing