Wassail Song (III)
DESCRIPTION: "Jolly come to our jolly wassail." Wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Have "pockets of money and a cellar of beer" A ship in full sail is in the ocean gale. Get apples for cider. "I know you'll reward us for singing wassail"
EARLIEST DATE: 1973 (recording, Wassailers on Voice16)
KEYWORDS: request drink nonballad wassail ship storm Christmas
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Gundry-CanowKernow-SongsDancesFromCornwall, p. 56, "Wassail Song" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Wassailers, "Wassail Song" (on Voice16)
cf. "Somerset Wassail" (subject) and references there
NOTES [69 words]: Roud lumps this with the many other wassail songs, but they all have different forms. I'm not absolutely sure that the Voice16 and Gundry-CanowKernow-SongsDancesFromCornwall songs are the same (or, indeed, that Gundry's two texts are the same; the second is an apple tree wassail), but they are closer to each other than any other Wassails, and at some point we have to stop producing infinite wassail songs.... - RBW
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