The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #28738   Message #360970
Posted By: John P
21-Dec-00 - 08:03 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: St. Stephen's Day Songbook - wren songs
Subject: Lyr Add: COME MAD BOYS
Traditional English

Come, mad boys, be glad boys, for Christmas is here
And we shall be feasted with jolly good cheer
Then let us be merry, 'tis Saint Stephen's Day
Let's eat and drink freely, there's nothing to pay.

My master bids welcome, and so does my dame
And 'tis yonder smoking dish doth me inflame
Anon I'll be with you, though you me outface
For now I do tell you I have time and place

I'll troll the bowl to you, then let it go round
My heels are so light they can stand on no ground
My tongue it doth chatter, it goes pitter-patter
Here's good beer and strong beer, for I will not flatter.

And now for remembrance of blessed Saint Stephen
Let's joy at morning, at noon, and at even
Then leave off your mincing and fall to mince pies
I pray take my counsel, be ruled by the wise.

We recorded this on our Christmas album. There's a short sound sample at our website if you want to hear a bit of the melody.