Hares on the Mountain

A young woman and her hare.

I've heard many variations of this favorite old English folksong this one comes from the singing of Tim Hart with Steeleye Span. I was most saddened to hear of Tim's death in 2009 from cancer. He was a year younger than me.

Steeleye Span was a genuine folk-rock group in the sense that most of their material was traditional. And, even when their arragements were more like modern rock-and-roll, they always managed to preserve the spirit of the original material.

Lyrics: 

Young women they run
Like hares on the mountain
(2 times each verse)
If I were but a young man
I'd soon go a-huntin'
To me right fol-a-diddle dero
To me right fol-a-diddle day.

Young women they sing
Like birds in the bushes
If I were but a young man
I'd go bang them bushes.
To me right . . .

Young women they swim
Like ducks in the water
If I were but a young man
I soon would swim after.
To me right . . .

Young women they bloom
Like laurel in springtime
If I were but a young man
I'd soon go and pluck some.
To me right . . .

Instruments: 
Tuning: 
Standard C