Live at Dan's

by Hares on the Mountain

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released March 23, 2020

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Track Name: Cherry Tree (Live)
Joseph was an old man
An old man was he
He married Virgin Mary
Queen of Galilee

Joseph found Mary
Walking through the orchard green
There were cherries and berries
As think as he'd ever seen

Mary said to Joseph
So meek and so mild,
"Joseph, gather me some cherries
For I am with child."

Joseph flew in anger
In anger flew he,
"Let the father of your baby
Gather cherries for thee."

Then up spoke baby Jesus
From deep in Mary's womb,
"Bend down Your tallest branches
So my mother might have some."

Bent down the tallest branches
And they touched Mary's hand
She cried, "Look, my Joseph,
We got cherries by command."

"Look, my sweet, sweet Joseph,
We got cherries by command."

Trad. arranged by HOTM
Track Name: Watson Family Tragedy (Live)
WATSON FAMILY TRAGEDY

Everyone remembers
Every soul in this town
the day the old Watson place
burned down to the ground

Little Jimmy Watson
thought he would have a lark
Scare his sister when she went to bed
from the closet in the dark

But he saw more than he reckoned for
when his father quietly crept in
And Jimmy’s sister began to struggle
as her daddy exposed her skin

Jim burst from the closet angrily
rage like a mummy wrapped round his bones
and his father cursed him mightily
and knocked him to the floor

(chorus)
It’s something we all gotta learn
Everybody’s gotta burn
Some forever
Some wait in turns
Everybody's gotta burn

In the scuffle a lantern fell
and caught the bed afire
it soon consumed the three of them
and then crept up even higher

The blaze found momma Watson fast asleep
knocked out by the smoke
Before the fire had taken them both
their lungs had blackened and choked

The fire spread from the old farmhouse
and caught the parched grass alight
and not a living thing made it out alive
by the morning’s raging light

(chorus)

The townspeople came to see what they could do
gathered at the burning home
We all looked aghast at the Watson girl
meat hanging from her bones

She related this woeful tale
with her final bloody words
We knew what she said was the honest truth
the most honest thing we’ve heard

(chorus)
Track Name: Thorneymoor Woods (Live)
In Thorneymoor Woods in Nottinghamshire,
Thorneymoor Woods in Nottinghamshire,
Three game-keepers' houses stood three-square,
About a mile from each other they were
Orders they were to look out for the deer.
Fol de rol, tora lie day

Now me and me dogs went out one night
The moon and the stars were shining bright
O'er hedges and ditches, fields and stiles
With my three dogs trotting close by me heels,
To catch a fat buck down in Thorneymoor fields.
Fol de rol, tora lie day

That very first night we had bad luck,
One of me very best dogs got shot
He come to me all bloody and lame
Right sorry I was for to see the same
And not being able to follow the game.
Fol de rol, tora lie day

I searched his wounds and found them slight
'Twas done by a game-keeper out of spite
Well I'll take a stick right tight in me hand
I'll search the woods till I find that man
I'll thrash his old hide right well if I can
Fol de rol, tora lie day

Now I come home and I went to bed
Limping Jack went out in me stead
O'er hedges and ditches, fields and stiles
He found a buck lying on the ground
My little dog has gave him the death-wound.
Fol de rol, tora lie day

And Limping Jack he cut the buck's throat
Tied his legs with good stout rope
And I had a laugh to see Limping Jack
Up in a lane with that buck on his back
Carried it just like a pedlar's pack
Fol de rol, tora lie day

Now we got us a butcher to skin the game
Likewise another to sell the same
And the very first joint as we offered for sale
Was to an old girl she sold bad ale
She had us young lads up in Nottingham gaol
Fol de rol, tora lie day

In Nottingham assizes are you and I
Us three young lads we go to be tried
But the magistrate laughed her all to scorn
He says the old bugger should be forsworn
Into little pieces torn
Fol de rol, tora lie day

In Nottingham assizes are gone and past
Us three young lads go free at last
The bucks and the does will never roam free
A poacher's life is the life for me
A poacher I will always be
Fol de rol, tora lie day

Trad. arranged by HOTM
Track Name: Matilda Jones (Live)
Matilda Jones
had a nice big home
and slept in a fancy bed
She was all alone
a widowed crone
5 or six times it was said

Her first husband Harry
fell off of a ferry
slipped on a slick spot on the deck
While husband number 2
drank a bottle of glue
and number 3 got drunk and broke his neck

Mr. Jones number four
had a mishap with a lawn mower
and number five remained alive
After running into a beehive
we thought he would survive
but choked in the hospital on his fork

She never formally wed
husband number six but instead
they were united in common law
But he lost his head
and left her his fortune instead
when he fell into a table saw

Oh Matilda Jones

The servants were suspicious
and while washing the dishes
they concluded she killed them herself
That was not far from the truth
but there was never any proof
cause she always had a little help

Anna McKenzie
drove her to a frenzy
since they were finishing school chums
With a secret love
no one dared speak of
and a family fortune that had up and gone

They made a master plan
Matilda would find a man
and take his money and his life
while her true love Annie would pose as a nanny
but sneak into her room at night

Oh Matilda Jones

But late one evening
Annie was leaving
late to go on a trip
The local police
had their curiosity piqued
when they received an anonymous tip

When the squad car arrived
Matilda invited ‘em inside
but behaved angry and incensed
The cop told her bluntly
it was her they were hunting
and they had all the evidence

They had photographs
of her husbands’ mishaps
The press called he Matilda the Hun
And when they looked for Annie
she'd booked a plane for Bali
and taken the fortune and run

Oh Matilda Jones

G. Neal
Track Name: Nottamun Town (Live)
In Nottamun Town, not a soul to be seen
Not a soul would look up, not a soul would look down
Not a soul would look up, not a soul would look down
To show me the way to fair Nottamun Town

I bought me a horse twas called a grey mare
Grey mane and grey tail and green stripe on her back
Grey mane and grey tail and green stripe on her back
Weren't a hair upon her that was not coal black

She stood so still threw me to the dirt
She tore at my hide, she bruised my shirt
From saddle to stirrup I mounted again
And on my ten toes I rode over the plain

When I got there no one did I see
They all stood around me just looking at me
I called for a cup to drive gladness away
And stifle the dust for it rained the whole day

And the King and the Queen and the company more
Came a riding behind and a walking before
Come a stark naked drummer beating a drum
With his hands in his bosom came marching along

Sat down on a hard hot cold frozen stone
Ten thousand stood round me but I was alone
Took my hat in my hand to keep my head warm
Ten thousand was drowned that never was born
Track Name: Coward's Anthem (Live)
Oh Oh they’re calling all our men
To fight us hand to hand
and crush us if they can

And we will break up our little band
watch our boot heels hit the sand
Cowards live to be old men!

You say the chain’s only as strong as the weakest link
But all this talk of right and wrong gives me pause to think
Give me something worth fighting for and I’ll probably change my mind
I’ll take something to live for over dying every time

Chorus

Every soldier who ever died gave his last breath for a cause
Everything is History if you wait around long enough
So I’ll remain here breathing air while you go off to die
I’d rather live for no good reason than die for someone else’s lie!
Track Name: Gone Is the Way (Live)
You got back half-way empty
after 2 tours in the war
and you’d tell me stories nightly
filled with anger and remorse

I would listen very quietly
scared but always wanting more
You never said so but I figured
killed one man maybe more

Gone is the way
Your stories would last for days
They’re buried with your bones
and ended suddenly the same way
you disappeared from our home

I couldn’t shake the sickly feeling
you sat on the corner of my bed
in a voice unfamilliar
like the whispers of the dead

I woke one morning half way sleepy
after 2 months in your head
Heard the screen door and some footsteps
I stayed there in my bed

Don’t go away
Don’t leave
Please stay
Track Name: Starling (Live)
sing my darling
sing of our forbidden love
sweet as the wings of a starling
that flies in stormy skies up above
but sing of it in a hush

our liasons are kept tucked and secret
no one ever should know
but my cheeks warm so flushed and peaked
like the warm summer sun’s orange glow
like a rain swollen river does flow

And oh our way
is a twisted path clotted and strange
That keeps us out of the day
and the interloper’s casual gaze

leaves are falling
forming a damp mat on the ground
and though your father is calling
we pretend to not hear the sound
cause together you and i are bound

and so when he’s sleeping
i’ll creep to the side of his bed
and return to the sight of you weeping
when you’ve heard all the words that I said
your daddy’s no longer, he’s dead

chorus

goodbye my darling
you’re a thing i can no longer love
you were once so handsome and charming
now you’re a thing that only draws blood
let the starlings fly over this flood

G. Neal
Track Name: Lambs from the Fold (Live)
LAMBS FROM THE FOLD

Magistrator, judge and jury
look to tarnish my good name
I admit it needs a polish
you’d be astonished if you knew my game

Accused of crimes depraved and sordid
the poor little victim the parsons girl
She took boy Henry from the butcher’s
down to the banks to dig for pearls

I would never know if I had good fortune
‘Cause everything I have has been cheated or stole
I make my way in this fairest of seasons
I am just a wolf pulling lambs from the fold

I said I’d never; I’d rather sever
my own legs from my ten year old bones
I raised my fist to defend myself the sister
of the girl slaughtered not a mile from our home

They all asked me why I’d done it
How could I do such a despicable thing
Two young lives snuffed out with their guts out
All I can say is that we all have needs

(chorus)

Now I’ll never treasure a young girl’s pleasure
of a first kiss or a homecoming dance
I’ve always considered all that so much drivel
I’d rather cut you all down if I had the chance

My father the preacher was a most inspiring teacher
he taught me everything a little girl should know
saying I’d never been surer that there’s nothing so pure as
pulling little lambs right out of the fold
Track Name: The Parting Glass (Live)
Of all the money that e'er I spent
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that ever I did
Alas it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

If I had money enough to spend
And leisure to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in town
That sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you softly call
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all