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Lyr Req: Come, my Lads, Let Us Be Jolly

Tug the Cox 22 Jul 10 - 12:01 PM
bubblyrat 22 Jul 10 - 12:47 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Come, my Lads, Let Us Be Jolly
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 12:01 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to 'Come, my Lads, Let Us Be Jolly' collected by Baring Gould from Edmund Fry in Lydford, devon. I believe its similar to 'Let Union Be in all our Hearts' but with significant differences.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come, my Lads, Let Us Be Jolly
From: bubblyrat
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 12:47 PM

Thought it was the same thing,especially as CMLALBJ features in LUBIAOH, as sung( most weeks !)by our own dear Dick Frost.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LET UNION BE IN ALL OUR HEARTS
From: RTim
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 01:52 PM

I always thought that this was adapted for Revels Inc. by Jerry Epstein from an old Grange Farm song.

Tim Radford

LET UNION BE IN ALL OUR HEARTS

Come on, lads, and let's be jolly
Drive away all melancholy,
For, to grieve it would be folly,
While we are together.

cho:Let union be in all our hearts,
Let all our hearts be joined as one.
We'll end the day as we begun,
We'll end it all in pleasure.

Right-folla-rolla-rye, too-ra-lie-doe (3x)
While we are together.

Old King Solomon, in all his glory,
Told each wife a different story,
Of the things that we delight in,
While we are together.
cho:

Eating and drinking are quite charming,
(or: courting and drinking, if you prefer)
Smoking and piping there's no harm in.
(or: piping and dancing)
These are things we take delight in,
While we are together.

cho:

Grab the bottle as it passes,
Do not fail to fill your glasses.
(or: Come on, lads, and raise your glasses
Grab the bottle as it passes)
Water drinkers are dull asses,
While we are together.

cho:
Cease your quarreling and fighting,
Evil thinking and backbiting.
All these things take no delight in,
While we are together.

cho:
---------------------------------------
given by Maddy De Leon,
and Mark Gilston, who learned it from Jim Mageean.
It was originally a grange song and the original
chorus was:
Let union be in all our farms,
Let all our farms be joined as one.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COME, MY LADS, AND LET'S BE JOLLY
From: RTim
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 02:01 PM

Here is another version from the Alfred Williams Collection.

Tim Radford

Song Title: COME, MY LADS, AND LET'S BE JOLLY
Roud No.: 1238
Collected From: Sawyer, David 'Phoebus'
Location: Ogbourne St. Andrew
County: Wiltshire
Collected By: Williams, Alfred
Alternative Title:
Tune:
Date:
Source Primary: WSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 438
Source Secondary: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 54, 55
Recording:

1. Come, my lads, and let's be jolly,
Drive away all melancholy,
For to grieve it is a folly,
Since we've met together.

CHORUS: Why shouldn't you and I agree?
Always keep good company;
Since we've met let's merry be,
Because it is our holiday.

2. Some delight in quarrelling and fighting,
Evil speaking and back biting,
But no such thing do I delight in,
When we meet to be merry. CHORUS

3. Solomon, both old and hoary,
Tells us quite another story,
Tells us to sing praise and glory,
When we do meet merrily. CHORUS

4. Eating and drinking there is no harm in,
Dancing and smoking is quite charming;
All these things take great delight in,
When you do meet merrily. CHORUS

5. Then let us all with one mind agree,
Resolve to keep good company;
Pray, what harm in this can be,
When we meet to be merry? CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come, my Lads, Let Us Be Jolly
From: JeffB
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 04:01 PM

The version we sing (which I think is similar to the one sung by The Young Tradition) is :-

Come my lads be light and jolly,
drive away all melancholy,
to be sad it is a folly
when we meet together.

CH 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.
      right-folla-rollarye etc
   when we meet together.

Old King Solomon in his glory
tells us all a different story,
tells us to be good and holy
when we meet together.

Let us not have any fighting,
spreading gossip or back-biting,
these things we take no delight in
when we meet together.

Use the bottle as he passes,
do not fail to fill your glasses,
water drinkers are dull asses
when we meet together.

Do not give us barley water
give us beer and good strong porter,
make 'em pints and nothing shorter
when er meet together.

I wrote the last verse as I thought this version was too short.

But I suppose all this isn't helping Tug.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come, my Lads, Let Us Be Jolly
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 08:09 PM

Thanks guys, I know 'let union be', well. Often hear it sung by Dave Lowry from whose grandmother it was collected by Sam Richards and Trish Stubbs. However, I believe the lydford version didn't have the 'let Union be' chorus. This version from Wiltshire dooesn't either.


Folk Song Information
Song Title        Come, my lads, and let's be jolly
Roud No.        1238
Collected From        Sawyer, David 'Phoebus'
Location        Ogbourne St. Andrew
County        Wiltshire
Collected By        Williams, Alfred
Alternative Title        
Tune        
Date        
Source Primary        WSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 438
Source Secondary        Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 54, 55
Recording        

Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Come, my lads, and let's be jolly,
Drive away all melancholy,
For to grieve it is a folly,
Since we've met together.

Chorus

Why shouldn't you and I agree?
Always keep good company;
Since we've met let's merry be,
Because it is our holiday.

Verse 2

Some delight in quarrelling and fighting,
Evil speaking and back biting,
But no such thing do I delight in,
When we meet to be merry.

Chorus

Verse 3

Solomon, both old and hoary,
Tells us quite another story,
Tells us to sing praise and glory,
When we do meet merrily.

Chorus

Verse 4

Eating and drinking there is no harm in,
Dancing and smoking is quite charming;
All these things take great delight in,
When you do meet merrily.

Chorus

Verse 5

Then let us all with one mind agree,
Resolve to keep good company;
Pray, what harm in this can be,
When we meet to be merry?

Chorus


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