Hares on the Mountain

DESCRIPTION: The singer avers that if young women ran like hares on the mountain, if he was a young man he'd go hunting. Likewise if they sang like birds in the bushes he'd beat the bushes, etc. ad (possible) nauseum
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1836 (Samuel Lover's novel _Rory O'More_ . See NOTES)
KEYWORDS: sex lyric nonballad animal bird
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) Ireland US(NE)
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Bronson (44), "The Twa Magicians" -- the appendix includes 11 versions (#2-#12) which are this song
BronsonSinging (44), "The Twa Magicians" (3 versions, of which #2 and #12 are this song)
Reeves-Sharp 38, "Hares on the Mountains" (4 texts)
Reeves-Circle 63, "Hares on the Mountains" (1 text)
Williams-Thames, p. 224, "If Pretty Maids Could Sing" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 357)
RoudBishop #28, "Hares on the Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-100E 63, "Hares on the Mountains"; 64, "O Sally, My Dear" (2 texts, 2 tunes) {Bronson's #2, #12}
Kennedy 169, "Blackbirds and Thrushes" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-More 50, "Blackbirds and Thrushes" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 173, "Sally My Dear" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Samuel Lover, Rory O'More (London, 1839 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 109-110, ("Oh! if all the young maidens was blackbirds and thrishes [sic]") (1 text)

Roud #329
Dickie Lashbrook, "Blackbirds and Thrushes" (on FSB2CD)
Pete Seeger, "Sally My Dear" (on PeteSeeger06, PeteSeegerCD01) (on PeteSeeger14)

cf. "Roll Your Leg Over" (form, theme)
cf. "Creeping and Crawling" (tune)
cf. "The Twa Magicians" [Child 44]
NOTES [106 words]: It has been theorized that this song descends from "The Twa Magicians" [Child 44] (so, for instance, Bronson, who prints this piece as an appendix to that ballad). Frankly, I don't see it. More likely is the connection with "Creeping and Crawling (The Knife in the Window)," with which it shares a tune. But even they have separate plots. - RBW
OLochlainn-More: "Sometimes attributed to Samuel Lover (1797-1865) as he printed it in his novel Rory O More, but is probably an older ballad rewritten. He was a versatile genius, poet, artist, novelist, folk-lorist and antiquarian." See my speculation on Lover for "Widow Machree (II)." - BS
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