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, p. 56, "Wassail Song" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Wassailers, "Wassail Song" (on Voice16)
cf. "Somerset Wassail" (subject) and references there
NOTES [63 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 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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