Hills of Greenmore (traditional)

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Also known as “The Granemore Hare”. I first heard it on Steeleye Span’s debut album “Hark the Village Wait”. DM was very keen to do this one from the get-go saying that he had always loved this song. DM did contribute to that LP back in 1970 and we decided to pay tribute to Steeleye with our version.

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One fine winter's morning me horn I did blow
To the green hills of Kielder for hours we did go
We gathered our dogs, we circled around
For who loves the sport more than the boys of the town.

And when we arrived they were all standing there
We set off for the fields in search of a hare
We didn't get far ‘til someone gave a cheer
Over high hills and valleys the sweet puss did steer

As we flew o'er the hills, 'twas a beautiful sight
There was dogs black and yeller, there were dogs black and white
She took the black bank to try them once more
Oh it was her last lank ‘round the hills of Greenmore.

In a field of wheat stubble this sweet puss did lie
And Rory and Charmer they did pass her by
And there where we stood at the foot of the brae
Oh, we heard the last words that this sweet puss did say:

“Oh, no more o'er the green hills of Kielder I'll roam
Nor skip through the fields in sport and in fun
Nor hear the loud horn your toner does play
I'll go back to me den by the clear light of day.”

You may blame MacMahon for killing the hare
He's been at his ol' capers this many's the year
Well, Saturdays, Sundays he'll never give o'er
With a pack of strange dogs round the hills of Greenmore.

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from Greening The Dark, releases September 3, 2019
Debra Cowan: Vocals
Duke Levine : Guitars, Banjo
Richard Gates: Bass Guitar
Joyce Andersen: Fiddle
Dave Mattacks: Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Keyboards
Billy Novick: Penny Whistle
John Roberts: Hurdy Gurdy

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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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