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Subject: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:39 PM

      This is an edited PermaThread®, used for a special project. This thread will be moderated by Geoff Lawes and Levana Taylor. Feel free to post to this thread, but remember that all messages posted here are subject to editing or deletion.
      -Joe Offer-

The songs-of-the-month threads need one for December that does not include anything specifically about the solstice or midwinter holidays, those having their own. Here's a few to begin...


ALPHABETICAL DECEMBER INDEX Below is an alphabetical index of titles collected in this thread so far. If a title in this index is clicked then you should be "jumped" to the section of the thread in which most of the discussion and links for that title occur. If you just want to add a new post to this thread use the “Post to this thread” or POST buttons to jump to the end of the thread. We will sometimes rearrange “ late” posts to group them with the appropriate main area of discussion so that they are not overlooked.




INDEX OF DECEMBER SONGS

ÁIRD A' CHUAIN
BALLAD OF ST. ANNE'S REEL (THE)
BAYOU SARA
BOSTON BURGLAR (THE)
CAPTAIN WEDDERBURN’S COURTSHIP
DARK DECEMBER by Graeme Miles
DERRY'S WALLS
EDWARD VIII [It Was Love, Love Alone]
ELLEN VANNIN
EMPTY GARDEN   aka Hey, Hey Johnny
HARVEY LOGAN
HERE TODAY
HOUSEWIFE'S LAMENT
IF YOU MISS ME AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
I JUST SHOT JOHN LENNON
JOHN BROWN'S BODY
LAST FIERCE CHARGE (THE)
LULA VIERS
MORE WOOD
NIGHTINGALE (THE)
O MAY, THY MORN
ONE COLD DECEMBER DAY
ONE COLD MORNING IN DECEMBER
PADDY LAY BACK
PIG AND THE INEBRIATE
ROLL ON JOHN
SKIBBEREEN
SONGS ABOUT JOHN LENNON’S DEATH
SONGS ABOUT THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION
SONGS ABOUT THE SIEGE OF DERRY
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT
THOU GLOOMY DECEMBER
TRY TO REMEMBER
VALLEY FORGE
WHEN THE SNOWS OF WINTER FALL
WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:42 PM

ONE COLD MORNING IN DECEMBER

One cold morning in December, I've reason to remember,
I fell in love with such a charming girl.
Her eyes were bright and tender, her form was tall and slender,
Her hair it hung around her head in curls.

Along the streets together, regardless of the weather,
She took me to a house that stood quite near.
She closed the door behind me, to me she said so kindly,
"It's warmer in the bed, love, than down here."


Sung by Walter Pardon (1978)
Video

Mainly Norfolk: One Cold Morning in December, Lyrics & Info   https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/onecoldmorningindecember.html


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:44 PM

O MAY, THY MORN
(by Robert Burns)

O May, thy morn was ne'er so sweet
As the mirk night o' December!
For sparkling was the rosy wine,
And private was the chamber:
And dear was she I dare na name,
But I will aye remember.

Sung by Davy Steele (1998)
Video


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:47 PM

THOU GLOOMY DECEMBER
(by Robert Burns)

Ance mair I hail thee, thou gloomy December!
Ance mair I hail thee wi' sorrow and care;
Sad was the parting thou makes me remember—
Parting wi' Nancy, oh, ne'er to meet mair!

sung by Jean Redpath (1985)
Video
sung by Corrina Hewat (1998) Video


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:49 PM

ONE COLD DECEMBER DAY
Dick Justice (1929)
Video

Down by a western water tank
One cold December day
In the bottom of an empty car
A dying hobo lay.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:55 PM

December 1, 1955: Montgomery bus boycott begins, as Rosa Parks takes a symbolic seat; December 20, 1956: US Supreme Court orders bus integration and the boycott ends.

IF YOU MISS ME AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
Digital Tradition    /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=2937
Link to 4 more Rosa Parks songs on Mudcat Thread:Any November Songs?   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170494&messages=72#4122978


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 06:57 PM

December 2, 1859: John Brown executed

JOHN BROWN'S BODY
Thread
    /mudcat.org/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=71356

Many recordings on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+brown%27s+body


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 07:14 PM

SONGS ABOUT THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION
December 6, 1917: an enormous explosion shatters Halifax, Nova Scotia. Songs about it include:
  • HALIFAX (written and performed by Chuck Hall) Video Thread
  • REMEMBER ME (written and performed by Dan McKinnon) Video Lyrics
  • THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION (anonymous, collected by Helen Creighton) Digital Tradition
  • NIGHT TRAIN by Bob Quinn, recorded by the author on Coast of Difference (1993) and by John Gracie on Nova Scotia Lullabye (1997)
  • THE SIXTH DAY OF DECEMBER by Penny MacAuley, recorded by her on Memories (1976)
  • Her Own War: The Halifax Explosion Project is a 2005 album of songs written by David Stone. A Mudcat thread lists the titles of the tracks; there are live videos of two of the songs.
    • NORTH FERRY Video (sung by Tony Mombourquette)
    • I WONDER, I WONDER Video (sung by Tarah Sawler)
    • "December 6"
    • "Black Rain"
    • "West Street Firemen"
    • "Prairie Sailors"
    • "Silver Moon"
    • "Ghosts of Richmond"
    • "And They're Gone"
    • "I Heard the Soldiers Calling"
    • "Smoke and Cinders"
    • "Ash Pan Anny"
    • "Take Her Away"
    • "Vince's Song"
    • "The Halifax Explosion"

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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 07:24 PM

December 11, 1936: King Edward VIII abdicates.

EDWARD VIII [It Was Love, Love Alone]

Mudcat Thread
Edward The VIII - The Caresser with Gerald Clark & his Caribbean Serenaders     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN0ZYIyKDJY


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 07:27 PM

December 17, 1777: The Continental Army takes up winter quarters at Valley Forge.

VALLEY FORGE
(by Bob Coltman)

We came down here with our boots on our feet,
We lost them somewhere in the snow and the sleet.
Pennsylvania winters are some kind of cold --
What's left of your body won't comfort your soul.

Mudcat Thread
Sung by Joe Hickerson (1976) Video


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 07:28 PM

THE BALLAD OF ST. ANNE'S REEL
(by David Mallett)

He was stranded in a tiny town on fair Prince Edward Island
Waiting for a ship to come and find him
A one horse place, a friendly face, some coffee and a tiny trace
Of fiddling in the distance far behind him

.............

Now the sailor's gone, the room is bare, the old piano's setting there
Someone's hat's left hanging on the rack
Some empty chairs, the wooden floor that feels the touch of shoes no more
Awaiting for the dancers to come back

And the fiddle's in the closet of some daughter of the town
The strings are broke, the bow is gone and the cover's buttoned down
But sometimes on December nights, when the air is cold and the wind is right
There's a melody that passes through the town.

Digital Tradition


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 09:18 PM

December 11-15, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg.

THE LAST FIERCE CHARGE

See
Mudcat Thread for arguments that this piece was written about Fredericksburg, and for another composition about the battle.

The Last Fierce Charge: Various recordings on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+last+fierce+charge


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 09:24 PM

December 9, 1911: Disaster at Cross Mountain Mine near Briceville, Tennessee.

THE CROSS MOUNTAIN EXPLOSION
Digital Tradition

Cross Mountain Mine Disaster 1911- Tony Thomas    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwKp7FBEGG0


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 09:51 PM

The various broadside ballads about naval combats against Turkish vessels ("The Royal Oak," "The Turkish Man-of-War," "Captain Mansfield's Fight," etc. etc.) are often supposed to have been inspired by an action on December 9, 1669, in which an English squadron under Admiral Kempthorne defeated nine Algerian ships. However, this thread points out that the 1669 battle may be the best known but not the only one, and that few or no specific details in the ballads link them to Kempthorne. (And when they give some date, it is not in December.)


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 10:25 PM

THE WALKER OF THE SNOW
(Poem, Charles Dawson Shanly, 1859; set to music by Sean Tyrrell.)

To the cold December heaven came the pale moon and the stars,
As the yellow sun was sinking behind the purple bars.
The snow was deeply drifted upon the ridges drear
That lay for miles between me and the camp for which we steer.


Digital Tradition

Walker of the Snow - Sean Tyrrell    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ka5x60vOwE


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 10:35 PM

December 8, 1959: The lifeboat Mona is lost during a rescue attempt in St. Andrews Bay, Fife.

THE LIFEBOAT MONA
by Peggy Seeger

Remember December of fifty-nine
The howling wind and driving rain
Remember the gallant men who drowned
On the lifeboat, Mona was her name.


Digital Tradition

"The Lifeboat Mona"- Peggy Seeger and others on Youtube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=THE+LIFEBOAT+MONA+by+Peggy+Seeger


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 11:07 PM

December 5, 1885: The Mississippi steamboat Bayou Sara burns at the dock.

BAYOU SARA

Digital Tradition
Recorded by Sara Grey and Ellie Ellis (sadly not yet to be heard online) and by Ed Siegler Video


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 11:24 PM

December, 1917: Murder of Lula Viers. There is some great material online about this case.

LULA VIERS

Digital Tradition
Recorded by, among others, Loretta Lynn. Video


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 17 Nov 21 - 08:46 PM

ELLEN VANNIN    by Hughie Jones of The Spinners. Another maritime disaster.
The Ellan Vannin Tragedy sung by Hughie Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91uH_J6B6JI


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 18 Nov 21 - 04:16 PM

The Digital Tradition entry for Walker of the Snow (see Levana's link on this thread 16 Nov) says "Sung by Davy Spillane on "Shadow Hunter," TARACD 3023, 1990" . Davy Spillane plays on his album, but the singing is unmistakenly that of Seán Tyrrell (r.i.p. 30 Oct 2021). I saw Seán and Davy at a gig once. Davy played uillean pipes and whistle and I don't remember him singing anything.
Walker of the Snow (via youtube)


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 19 Nov 21 - 07:00 PM

THE BOSTON BURGLAR

I set my foot on an eastbound train one cold December day,
And every station I passed by I could hear the people say:
“There goes that Boston Burglar, in iron chains he is bound;
For the breaking of the Union Bank he is sent to Charlestown.


Mainly Norfolk :lyrics & Info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/thewhitbylad.html
The Boston Burglar- Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie4fB7_8tC0
Boston Burglar · Hedy West     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSr9K55_-gs
The Boston Burgler · James Keelaghan    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc3u__gDeN8
Boston Burglar · Delia Murphy     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPdA50AFLYY


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 20 Nov 21 - 09:30 AM

DARK DECEMBER   by Graeme Miles

Dark December(Graeme Miles)    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfLdLcvPMtg
MUDCAT: Lyr Add: Dark December (Graeme Miles)     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=117679


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GUEST,Felipa
Date: 20 Nov 21 - 06:27 PM

ÁIRD A' CHUAIN
Aird a' Chuain, Ardaigh Chuain (various renderings of the place name) is a song about someone abroad (in Scotland) missing home on the north Antrim coast of Ireland. One verse mentions Nollaig, which can mean either the month of December or the Christmas holiday.

Is iomai Nollag a bhí mé féin i mBun Abhainn Doine
Is mé gan chéill
Ag iomainn ar a trá bán
'S mo chaman bán ins mo dhorn liom

It is many a Christmas Day I had
In Cushendun while still a lad;
Hurling on the White Shore Strand
With my good ash hurley in my hand. (singable translation by Seán Ó Gallochóír)

https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=10469#3797807

sung by Éamonn Ó Faogáin (youtube link)


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 21 Nov 21 - 11:11 AM

STARRY, STARRY NIGHTaka Vincent

December 23, 1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear during a fit of depression.

Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxHnRfhDmrk
Vincent (Don McLean song) From Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_(Don_McLean_song)
Various recordings of Starry, Starry Night on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=STARRY%2C+STARRY+NIGHT


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 21 Nov 21 - 02:52 PM

SONGS ABOUT THE SIEGE OF DERRY

See the
August thread for a collection of songs about the Siege of Derry, 1689, part of a resistance against King James. Although the siege is annually commemorated on August 14, one of the most celebrated events (referenced in most songs) took place on December 7, 1688, when a group of apprentices shut the town gates against Jacobite forces.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 21 Nov 21 - 05:17 PM

DERRY'S WALLS
7 December 1688 The siege of Derry in 1689 was the first major event in the Williamite War in Ireland. The siege was preceded by a first attempt against the town by Jacobite forces on 7 December 1688 that was foiled when 13 apprentices shut the gates. This was an act of rebellion against James II.
From Wikipedia: Siege of Derry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Derry
Wikipedia: Robert_Lundy  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lundy
Derry's Walls (Apprentice Boys Loyalist Song)     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlXoRNA5mUY
“Derry's Walls” From Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry%27s_Walls
"The Siege of Derry" by Alice Osborn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a07JICnCe50

Thanks for this one Felipa


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 21 Nov 21 - 06:28 PM

HARVEY LOGAN

Out of all the incidents in Harvey Logan's violent, roving, and criminal life, this ballad focuses on a barroom fight and shootout with the police that took place in Knoxville, Tenn. in December, 1901; the jailbreak which, in this account, sounds like it was immediately afterward, was actually in June, 1903.

Article by Lyle Lofgren
Digital Tradition
Recording by Walt Gibson of Hazard, Ky. (collected by A. Lomax in 1937)
Dock Boggs, 1964 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QELhq0vXAO8


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 21 Nov 21 - 07:18 PM

Harvey Logan From Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Logan


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Nov 21 - 10:02 AM

SONGS ABOUT JOHN LENNON’S DEATH

8 Dec,1980 Ex-Beatle John Lennon was murdered in New York

EMPTY GARDEN     aka Hey Hey Johnny
Elton John - Empty Garden    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWyy7Huc6KA
HERE TODAY
Paul McCartney/John Lennon - Here Today    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjwnWU6OsaI
ROLL ON JOHN
Bob Dylan - Roll On, John    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9MCXJuG3KA&t=5s
I JUST SHOT JOHN LENNON
The Cranberries - I Just Shot John Lennon    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsN86H0yzrE


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 Nov 21 - 08:53 AM

PADDY LAY BACK

"Paddy Lay Back" ('Twas a cold and dreary morning in December...)

MUDCAT DT:Paddy Lay Back
/mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=4580
Many recordings of "Paddy Lay Back" on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Paddy+Lay+Back%22
Thanks for this song Levana


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Nov 21 - 10:45 AM

Another beautiful song from Graeme Miles which mentions December: copied from another thread:

WHEN THE SNOWS OF WINTER FALL
(Graeme Miles)

My yard is high with wood now, my cellar deep with coal,
My windows are well battened; I’ve sealed each crack and hole,
When the storms and winds come raging, I’ll not be touched at all,
For I’ll be well protected, when the snows of winter fall.

My sheep still wander freely, upon the lonely fell,
In the field my horse is grazing, and my cattle feed as well,
But come the bleak December, with its rain and sleet and squall,
They’ll be safely penned and stabled, when the snows of winter fall.

I look out from my doorway, to the trees on yonder rise,
Soon the leaves will turn to yellow as the summer fades and dies,
I’ll put on my coat of leather, and my love will don her shawl,
How close we’ll draw together, when the snows of winter fall.

Through the bitter cold and darkness, our hopes we will keep high,
For we know the warmth of summer will come back by and by,
Then we’ll walk into the sunshine wearing neither coat nor shawl,
And together we will listen just to hear the cuckoo call.

I am not a man of riches; I have little that is new,
Some livestock and some chattels, amount to very few,
But my love is here beside me; I need nothing more at all,
She will give her love and comfort, when the snows of winter fall.

My yard is high with wood now, my cellar deep with coal,
My windows are well battened; I’ve sealed each crack and hole,
When the storms and winds come raging, I’ll not be touched at all,
For I’ll be well protected, when the snows of winter fall.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 04:26 AM

TRY TO REMEMBER
(Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt)

Deep in December, it's nice to remember
Although you know the snow will follow
Deep...
Without a hurt the heart is hollow
Deep...
The fire of September that made us mellow
Deep in December our hearts should remember, and follo
w

Lots of recordings online
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=TRY+TO+REMEMBER+
Here's one by The Brothers Four: https://youtu.be/LUZpjW7QHGo


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 04:41 AM

CAPTAIN WEDDERBURN’S COURTSHIP Child Ballad #46, Roud 36.

I maun hae some winter fruit that in December grew
And I maun hae a silken goon that waft gaed never through
A sparrow's horn, a priest unborn this nicht tae join us twa
Afore I'll lie untae your bed at either stock or wa'"


Recording by Ewan MacColl:    
https://youtu.be/lqbbSoZVFM0


Mainly Norfolk: Lyrics and Info     https://mainlynorfolk.info/steeleye.span/songs/captainwedderburnscourtship.html
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Capt Wedderburn's Courtship.    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUHIVcFbyFU
Captain Wedderburn's Courtship · Rossettistone    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmCDpfEyu8g
Captain Wedderburn's Courtship · Jean Redpath     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py5segw40_Q


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 04:46 AM

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY
(Tom Lehrer)

Your teeth will start to go, dear, your waist will start to spread.
In twenty years or so, dear, I'll wish that you were dead.
I'll never love you then at all the way I do today.
So please remember,
When I leave in December,
I told you so in May.


Recording by Tom Lehrer:
https://youtu.be/8NOZH0y7VxE


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 04:52 AM

PIG AND THE INEBRIATE

It was early last December, as near as I remember
I was walking down the street in tipsy pride
No one was I disturbing, as I lay down by the curbing
And a pig came up and lay down by my side

As I lay there in the gutter, thinking thoughts I cannot utter
A lady passing by was heard to say
"You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses"
And the pig got up and slowly walked away


Recorded by Ed McCurdy:
https://youtu.be/wc9pvw1z60M


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 05:04 AM

THE NIGHTINGALE
(Wreck)

On the fifteenth day of December last,
The wind did blow a most fearful blast.
We lost our spars, likewise every sail.
What a dismal wreck was the Nightingale!


Couldn't find a recording, but here's some sheet music:
http://www.loopendtuygh.nl/mediapool/56/567105/data/040_the_NIGHTINGALE.pdf

The Nightingale · Cyril Tawney    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMLZFq2K70o
Mainly Norfolk, The Nightingale, Lyrics & Info    https://mainlynorfolk.info/cyril.tawney/songs/thenightingale.html


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 05:09 AM

MORE WOOD
(Dillon Bustin)

When the spring rolls around and I spade the muddy ground
I have often found I lay my saw away,
The shed is empty and yet you can make a bet
That I'll forget to be cutting more wood.
The old timers say to split a little every day
And stack it away to season well, but
From March to November I rarely do remember
December will find me in a rut...


Recording by Herdman, Hills and Mangsen:
https://youtu.be/2-Pdg7GmLH0


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 05:13 AM

HOUSEWIFE'S LAMENT

In March it is mud, it is slush in December
The midsummer breezes are loaded with dust
In fall the leaves litter, in muddy September
The wall paper rots and the candlesticks rust


Recording by Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen:
https://youtu.be/bslMx_mhiBc

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MUDCAT: Origins: Poor Old Woman/Housewife's Lament    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=129897


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