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Thread #88774   Message #3209254
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Aug-11 - 03:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Let Union Be In All Our Hearts - Grange?
Subject: ADD Version: Come My Lads
Well, I still haven't seen any evidence that this song came from the Grange. Besides, I thought the Grange was closely allied with the Temperance movement - why would they be singing a drinking song like this?

In The English Folksinger, this song is called "Come My Lads":


Come my lads be light and jolly,
Drive away all melancholy,
To be sad it is a folly.
When we meet together.

    Let union be in all our fun,
    For to join all our hearts in one,
    We'll end the day as we begun,
    We'll end it all in pleasure.
    Rite fol-er rol-er rite too-ra-li-do,
    Rite fol-er rol-er rite too-ra-li-do,
    Rite fol-er rol-er rite too-ra-li-do,
    When we meet together.

Solomon tells us in his glory,
Tells us quite a different story,
Tells us to be good and holy,
When we meet together.

Use the bottle as it passes,
Do not fail to fill your glasses,
Water drinkers are dull asses,
When they're met together.

Source: The English Folksinger, by Sam Richards and Tish Stubbs (William Collins and Company, 1979), page 60.

Notes: Sung by Mrs. F. Lowry, South Brend, Devon. Collected by Dave Lowry, 1969.
This song was twice noted by Baring-Gould in the 1880s, and also appears in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames where Alfred Williams disparages it as 'a second-rate drinking song.' It's a typical convivial piece - a little high-flown, with a Biblical reference thrown in, and influenced by hymn and glee singing. The point of the song, though, is that it is good to join in. The collector heard it from his grandmother, a native of Ivybridge, near Plymouth.

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Now, there are two notes I don't like in this MIDI, but I transcribed what's printed in the book. I think the second note on "folly" should be Bb, as should the last "do" in "li-do."

YouTube Video of this version. Sung by Alan Rosevear in Exeter.