Friday, January 1, 2010

A Happy New Year

I wish you all a Happy New Year with one of my favorite mid-winter carols:

A Happy New Year

1. The old year is past and the new year is come,
And all the jolly soldiers are a beating on the drum.
So and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

2. Here's a health to you in water, I wish it was in wine,
And all the money you have got I'm sure it's none of mine.
So and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

3. Here's a health unto our Master and Missus likewise,
And all the pretty family around the fireside.
So and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

4. We wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
You pockets full of money and your barrels full of cider.
So and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

This song was collected with others in 1904-1909 by Cecil Sharp from Frederick Crossman from Huish Episcopi, Somerset. Crossman was a market gardener with an “inexhaustible repertoire of folk-songs gathered in his childhood from the withy-strippers in Wagg Drove. He spent his money at Bridgwater Fair buying ballad sheets sold by the ballad singers who had been driven away by the noise of the new roundabouts.” Read a little about Fred Crossman, and see a picture of him, at

[#368B, p. 506 in Vol. II of Cecil Sharp’s Collection of English Folk Songs, Maud Karpeles (Ed.), Oxford University Press, 1974]

Performed by “Nowell Sing We Clear” on their album Just Say Nowell (Golden Hind Music, 2000).

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