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​While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping

This song is by June Tabor and appears on the compilation album The Definitive Collection (2003) and on the box set Always (2005).

Oh I've got a dog got a good dog too
And I keeps it him in me keeping
To catch those hares that run by night
While the gamekeepers lie a sleeping

My dog and me went out one night
For to learn some education
Up jumped a hare and away she ran
Right into some large plantation

She had not gone so very far
Before something caught her running.
"Oh Aunt! Oh Aunt!" she loudly cried
Stop a minute your uncle's coming

I took out my little pen knife
And quickly I did paunch her.
She turned out one of the female kind
How glad am I, I caught her

I picked her up and I smooths her down
And I puts her in my keeping
I says to my dog its time to be goin'
While the game-keepers lie a sleeping

Away me and my dog did go
Back into the town
We took that hare to a labouring man
We sold it for a crown

We went into some public house
And there I got quite mellow
For we spent that crown and another one too
Don't you think that I am a good hearted fellow

Oh I've got a dog got and a good dog too
And I keeps it in me keeping
For to catch those hares that run by night
While the gamekeepers lie a sleeping