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Somerset Wassail

from Midwinter Revels by GreenMatthews

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A traditional English wassailing song collected by Cecil Sharp.

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Wassail, oh wassail all over the town
Our cup it is white and the ale it is brown
Our wassail it is made of the good old ashen tree
And so is the malt of the best barley

It's your wassail, it's our wassail
And it's joy be to you and a jolly wassail

Oh master and missus, are you all within?
Pray open up the door and let us all come in
O master and missus a-sitting by the fire
Pray think on us poor travelers, a-travelling in the mire

It's your wassail, it's our wassail
And it's joy be to you and a jolly wassail

Oh where is the maid with the silver-headed pin
To open up the door and to let us all come in
Oh master and missus, it is our great desire
For a loaf and some cheese and a toast by the fire

It's your wassail, it's our wassail
And it's joy be to you and a jolly wassail

There was an old man and he had an old brown cow
And how for to keep her he did not know how
He built up a barn for to keep his old cow warm
And a drop or two of cider will do us no harm

It's your wassail, it's our wassail
And it's joy be to you and a jolly wassail

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from Midwinter Revels, released November 30, 2020
Music and lyrics trad. arr. Green

Sophie: voice, English border bagpipes

Chris: voice, mandocello, electric guitar, bass, drums

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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more

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