Innocent Hare jig

Also known as All Sportsmen Arise, All Sportsmen Arouse, All Sportsmen Rise Up, The Innocent Hare, Sportsmen Arise, Sportsmen Arouse.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Innocent Hare has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Innocent Hare
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D | G2G A2A | BAB c2c | d2d GAB | AGA G2 :|
|: B | cec A2G | F2G A2B | cec A2G | F2E D2D |
G2G A2A | BAB c2c | d2d GAB | AGA G2 :|

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Innocent Hare (jig)

A lovely single jig that I’ve come across in sessions recently. It seems to be quite old, and I’ve been told that there are, or were, words to it, which might explain the 4+8 bar setup; but I haven’t looked into this.

A tune that I think it would go well with is "Lumps of Plum Pudding" - another really old tune.

This version is as played by Somerset Morris.

“All Sportsmen Arouse” / “The Innocent Hare”

All sportsmen arouse the morning is clear,
The larks are singing all in the air.
All sportsmen arouse the morning is clear,
The larks are singing all in the air.
Go and tell your sweet lover the hounds are out,
Go and tell your sweet lover the hounds are out,
Saddle your horses, your saddles prepare,
We’ll away to some cover to seek for the hare.

We searched the woods and the groves all around,
The trial being over, the game it is found,
We searched the woods and the groves all around,
The trial being over, the game it is found,
Then up she springs, through brake she flies,
Then up she springs, through brake she flies,
Follow, follow the musical horn,
Sing follow, hark, forward the innocent hare.

Our huntsman blows his joyful sound,
Tally ho, me boys, all over the downs.
Our huntsman blows his joyful sound,
Tally ho, me boys, all over the downs.
From the woods to the valleys, see how she creeps,
From the woods to the valleys, see how she creeps
Follow, follow the musical horn,
Sing follow, hark, follow the innocent hare.

All along the green turf she pants for breath,
Our huntsman he shouts out for death.
All along the green turf she pants for breath
Our huntsman he shouts out for death.
Relope, relope, retiring hare.
Relope, relope, retiring hare.
Follow, follow the musical horn
Sing follow, hark follow the innocent hare.

This hare has led us a noble run
Success to sportsmen, every one,
This hare has led us a noble run
Success to sportsmen, every one,
Such a chase she has led us, four hours or more,
Such a chase she has led us, four hours or more,
Wine and beer we’ll drink without fear,
We’ll drink a success to the innocent hare.

This was given air recently, being sung, with the bits where it slows down and all ~ with difference. I’ve only ever known this as a song… It was also made popular by the Copper family. See here:

http://www.thecopperfamily.com/
http://www.thecopperfamily.com/songs/coppersongs/sportsmen.html

X: 2
T: Innocent Hare, The
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: song
K: Gmaj
A |\
d2 d ede fdf g2 g | a2 a def ecA d2 A |
dcd e2 e fd/e/f g2 g | a2 a def e2 e d2 :|
f |\
gbg e2 d c2 B A2 f | gbg e2 d c2 d e2 A |
d2 d ede f2 f gfg | a2 a def ecA d2 |]

Innocent Hare (jig)

C, many thanks for that quick and informative input.

Is the X:2…

really G major? Or, is that just a tricky ruse set by the not-so-innocent hare so she can slip away?

Posted by .

X: 2 = K: Dmaj

OOPS ~ I forgot to change the key when I cut and pasted the headers. Thanks muspc…

X: 2
T: Innocent Hare, The
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: song
K: DMaj
|: A |\
d2 d ede fdf g2 g | a2 a def ecA d2 A |
dcd e2 e fd/e/f g2 g | a2 a def e2 e d2 :|
f |\
gbg e2 d c2 B A2 f | gbg e2 d c2 d e2 A |
d2 d ede f2 f gfg | a2 a def ecA d2 |]

“All sportsmen arise ~ “

I actually think I learned this one with "arise"…

Innocent Hare (jig)

I first heard this song performed by a local vocal harmony group going by the name of The Prince of Wales Rattlers must be, oh I don’t know, 25 years ago. Lovely tune and great song to sing along to. Never really thought of playing it without singing it though.

We used the tune for a dance with Sheffield City Morris. I sing it in C with anglo concertina , but I feel a bit guilty as I do with various hunting songs

I did combine it with The Granemoor Hare as a social commentary