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    As I was a-walking for my recreation,
    Down by the green meadows I silently strayed.
    There I met a fair maid making great lamentation,
    “Oh, Jimmy will be slain in the wars I'm afraid.”

    The blackbirds and thrushes sing in the green bushes,
    The larks and the doves seem to mourn for this maid.
    And the song she sang was concerning her lover;
    “Oh, Jimmy will be slain in the wars I'm afraid.”

    When Jimmy returned with his heart full of yearning,
    He found his dear Mary all dead in her grave.
    He cried, “I'm forsaken, my poor heart is breaking,
    I wish that I never had left this fair maid.”






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    This tune is supposed to be a variation of Hares on the Mountain.
    However, this version is not at all similar in either lyrics or melody
    to the same titled tune in Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, which
    is similar to Hares. So it may be a completely unrelated tune.  
    Blackbirds and Thrushes was popular in the West of England.
    Printed versions appear in a songbook by Cecil Sharp (1903).

    Variants include:

    •Hares on the Mountain (Version 2)
    •O Sally, My Dear
    •The Knife in the Window (link to single line melody only).

    Blackbirds is sometimes attributed to Irishman Samuel Lover (1797-1865) because it is included in his
    novel Rory O'More.
 
 
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