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Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail (Ian Robb)

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NO MORE FISH, NO FISHERMEN


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOMELESS WASSAIL (Ian Robb)
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 08:01 PM

Someone was asking for less than run-of-the-mill Christmas Songs, and it occurred to me that this one might fill the bill. Ian admits, in his liner notes on "Heart's Delight", Finest Kind's second CD, that he borrowed from other traditions including a couple lines from Stephen Foster. This, to my ear, in no way keeps this from being a powerful song.
Blessings,
Barbara

HOMELESS WASSAIL
(Ian Robb c 1998)

Wassail, wassail all over the town,
Our cup is white and our ale is brown;
But huddled on this iron grate
We poor and hungry curse our fate.

Chorus:
No Wassail bowl for such as these,
No turkey scraps, no ale, no cheese;
This Christmas Eve our heart's desire
Is a bottle of gin and a trash-can fire.

Good Christian mind as home you go,
With dreams of holly and mistletoe,
That the holly bears a dreadful thorn
For those who wake to a frozen dawn
Oh, where is he that holy child
Once born of Mary, meek and mild?
And wither peace, good will to men
Now and forevermore, amen?

All ye who dine with face aglow
In regenenciatrio
Pray, pause awhile at pleasure's door
And sup some sorrow with the poor.

Wassail, wassail all over the town
Our cup is white and our ale is brown;
This cold and hunger pain and care,
Sweet Jesus Christ, it's hard to bear!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:15 PM

Thanks for typing the lyrics! I've wanted to learn this song, but hadn't gotten around to transcribing it.

Would someone please tell me what "regenenciatrio" means?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:30 PM

It's in the Boar's Head Carol, in the Oxford Book of Carols. I think there;s a translation there, and I'm pretty sure I ran it together. It should be " In Reginency atrio" or some such. In the manner of kings?
Here's what good old DT says about the phrase in the Boars head Carol:
In Reginensi atrio: (in the Queen's hall)
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: lamarca
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 11:27 PM

It's Latin - in atrio = in the atrium, or hall; reginensi somewhere from Latin words regina = Queen,rex = King, reginensi = of the royalty(?), declined into one of them there parts of speech I've forgotten...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Ana
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 11:54 PM

That looks great Barbara - just wish I could hear the melody (quickly!!) -I s'pose I'll just have to hunt out the CD. Ana


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Barbara
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:33 AM

I wouldn't mind transcribing it, but the odds of my getting to it before the weekend are slight. The CD is definitely worth having. And if you buy it, you get the lovely 3 part harmonies. I think Sandy at Folk-Legacy carries them, and if not, Ann Downey has a webpage for them (the lable is "Fallen Angle" NOT a typo).
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 11:20 AM

Lookie what I found: Heart's Delight Lyrics and Song Samples. The RealAudio sample of Homeless Wassail is of the chorus only.
The lyrics and a sample of Jack Ashton (discussed on another thread) is here as well
If you go to the page, you'll see what other recordings Ann Downey's on, and see your mouse trails turn into tiny musical notes.
I also highly recommend the CD!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: MMario
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 11:44 AM

well - if you don't have a java4 compatible browser, you won't see anything at that site....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Ana
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 02:13 AM

aah Mmario - you poor wee lamb. You'll just have to get a bigger one (computer).

and

Jeri - aren't you a clever sausage then!.

Ana


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Barbara
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 10:45 AM

My most recent Sing Out just came in with the words and tune printed therein! So, give me a few days, and I'll post the tune for you. Still in dress rehearsal mode for Peter Pan (opens Nov 26, day after Thanksgiving.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: Tune Add: HOMELESS WASSAIL (Ian Robb)
From: Barbara
Date: 03 Dec 99 - 01:40 AM

Well, I finally got around to transcribing this. I see the program has translated it into 4/4 -- I had it in 2/2 with the occasional measure of 3/2. I think the program may have edited those out. Give me a day or so, and I'll post the midi at Alan's site, too.
Blessings,
Barbara

MIDI file: homeless.mid

Timebase: 240

TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
0720 1 64 080 0192 0 64 064 0048 1 69 080 0288 0 69 064 0072 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 76 080 0192 0 76 064 0048 1 74 080 0192 0 74 064 0048 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 67 080 0288 0 67 064 0072 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 71 080 0192 0 71 064 0048 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 64 080 0192 0 64 064 0048 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 69 080 0576 0 69 064 0144 1 64 080 0192 0 64 064 0048 1 69 080 0288 0 69 064 0072 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 76 080 0192 0 76 064 0048 1 74 080 0192 0 74 064 0048 1 71 080 0048 0 71 064 0012 1 69 080 0144 0 69 064 0036 1 67 080 0288 0 67 064 0072 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 64 080 0192 0 64 064 0048 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 69 080 0576 0 69 064 0144 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 72 080 0096 0 72 064 0024 1 74 080 0192 0 74 064 0048 1 74 080 0192 0 74 064 0048 1 76 080 0288 0 76 064 0072 1 74 080 0096 0 74 064 0024 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 65 080 0096 0 65 064 0024 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 72 080 0192 0 72 064 0048 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 72 080 0096 0 72 064 0024 1 74 080 0288 0 74 064 0072 1 74 080 0096 0 74 064 0024 1 76 080 0576 0 76 064 0144 1 76 080 0096 0 76 064 0024 1 74 080 0096 0 74 064 0024 1 72 080 0096 0 72 064 0024 1 72 080 0096 0 72 064 0024 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 71 080 0192 0 71 064 0048 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 64 080 0192 0 64 064 0048 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 69 080 0576 0 69 064
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: alison
Date: 09 Dec 99 - 08:24 AM

Just putting it on the site now Barbara.

Have a listen see if it sounds right..... I took it exactly as you had it.. so I don't know if the time signature changes are there...

Mudcat MIDIs

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Dec 99 - 10:23 AM

That's it! Thanks alison -- I shipped a MIDI to Joe, but looks like you beat him. Gadzooks, what's this place coming to?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Homeless Wassail
From: GUEST,Doug
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 08:43 PM

I believe that In Regensi atrio should be [In Regency, a trio ...)

Seems to fit, and makes a lot more sense to me.


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