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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
APPLE TREE WASSAIL
ASHTABULA TRAIN WRECK
AYE FOND KISS by Robbie Burns
BALLAD OF JOHN MACLEAN
BALLAD OF KATHLEEN CLARKE (THE)
BALLAD OF MICHAEL COLLINS (THE)   aka Hang Out Your Brightest Colours
BALLAD OF THE TAY RAIL BRIDGE
BALLAD OF THE TEA PARTY
BALLAD OF ST. ANNE'S REEL (THE)
BAYOU SARA
BLECKELL MURRYNEET (THE)
BOAR'S HEAD CAROL (THE)
BOSTON BURGLAR (THE)
BOSTON TEA PARTY SONG
BOXING DAY
BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE ISABELLA
BULLFIGHT ON THE SAN PEDRO (THE)
CAPTAIN WEDDERBURN'S COURTSHIP
CHERRY TREE CAROL (THE)
CHRISTMAS AT SEA
CHRISTMAS IN SOUTHGATE
CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES
CHRISTMAS SHOES (THE)
CHRISTMAS SONG WRITTEN BY A COMPUTER
CHRISTMAS TIME IN WASHINGTON     written by Roy Acuff
CHRISTMAS TIME'S A-COMIN'
CHRISTMAS TRUCE SONG (THE)
CHRISTMAS 1914
CHRISTMAS 1915
COLD DECEMBER FLIES AWAY
CORNISH WASSAIL
CORN,WATER,WOOD
COWARDS OVER PEARL HARBOR
COWBOY CHRISTMAS
CUTTY WREN (THE)
DARK DECEMBER by Graeme Miles
DECEMBER by Foxhunting
DERRY'S WALLS
DITCHLING CAROL (THE)
EARLY SNOW
EDWARD VIII [It Was Love, Love Alone]
ELLEN VANNIN
EMPTY GARDEN   aka Hey, Hey Johnny
ERSKINE CHILDERS
FIRE AND FLAME
GET THAT COMMUNIST, JOE
GIFT (THE)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WASSAIL
GOWER WASSAIL(THE)
HANUKKAH SONGS
HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)  aka So This Is Christmas
HARVEY LOGAN
HERE TODAY
HEROD AND THE COCK
HOT BUTTERED RUM
HOMELESS WASSAIL
HOUSEWIFE'S LAMENT
I AM A ROCK
IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER
IF YOU MISS ME AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
I JUST SHOT JOHN LENNON
IRELAND BOYS HURRAH
IRISH FREE STATE(THE)
I SAW THREE SHIPS    AKA On Christmas Day in the Morning
JACOBITE SONGS
JACOBSTOWE WASSAIL
JOE McCARTHY'S BAND
JOE McCARTHY IS COMIN' TO TOWN    
JOE McCARTHY'S LULLABY
JOHN BROWN'S BODY
JOHN FUDSTON
JOHN MACLEAN MARCH
JOSEPH
JUST ANOTHER CHRISTMAS SONG
KENTUCKY WASSAIL
KINGSTOWN DISASTER (THE)
KIT CARSON
KITCHEN DANCE
LAST FIERCE CHARGE (THE)
LAST TRAIN FROM POOR VALLEY
LE RÉVEILLON DU JOUR DE L'AN [La Cuisinière]
LIFEBOAT MONA (THE)
LULA VIERS
MALPAS WASSAIL
MARCH THE MORNING SUN
MARY L. McKAY
MARI LWYD SONG (THE)
MASTER McGRATH
MORE WOOD
NIGHTINGALE (THE)
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
O MAY, THY MORN
ONE COLD DECEMBER DAY
ONE COLD MORNING IN DECEMBER
PADDY LAY BACK
PEARL HARBOR BLUES
PERFECT FIELDS OF FREDERICKSBURG (THE)
PIG AND THE INEBRIATE (THE)
PLEASE DADDY, DON'T GET DRUNK THIS CHRISTMAS
PLEASE MR CUSTER
PORT ADMIRAL (THE)
PROHIBITION SONGS
REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
REMEMBER THE POOR [The Snow Is on the Ground]
REVOLUTIONARY TEA
ROLL ON JOHN
SAINT STEPHEN AND HEROD
SKIBBEREEN
SONGS ABOUT JOHN LENNON’S DEATH
SONGS ABOUT JOSEPH STALIN
SONGS ABOUT SENATOR JOE McCARTHY
SONGS ABOUT THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION
SONGS ABOUT THE SIEGE OF DERRY
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT
STROUD WASSAIL
SWEET BABY JAMES
THOU GLOOMY DECEMBER
TO DAUNTON ME
TRY NOT TO BE A CUNT IT’S CHRISTMAS
TRY TO REMEMBER
VALLEY FORGE
WAKE ISLAND
WASSAILING SONG (THE)- Blur
WASSAIL SONGS
WHEN THE SNOWS OF WINTER FALL
WHEN THEY FLEW
WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY
WHIMPLE WASSAIL
WHITE COCKADE (THE)
WOUNDED KNEE SONGS
WRIGHT!
YORKSHIRE CAROLS
YORKSHIRE WASSAIL
YULE
1913 MASSACRE


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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:

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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

More performances on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=housewife%27s+lament+youtube
MUDCAT: Origins: Poor Old Woman/Housewife's Lament    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=129897


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 29 Nov 21 - 12:25 PM

Matt McGinn's BALLAD OF JOHN MACLEAN celebrates the Communist organizer's return to Glasgow on December 3, 1918 after having been jailed.

Many recordings of "Ballad of John MacLean" on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=+%22Ballad+of+John+MacLean%22+
MUDCAT: Digitrad    /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=446>BR>

There is also Hamish Henderson's JOHN MACLEAN MARCH
Mainly Norfolk:Lyrics & Info for" John MacLean March "   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/thejohnmacleanmarch.html
Many recordings of " John MacLean March "on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Maclean%27s+March
The John MacLean March Lyrics & Info from unionsong.com    http://unionsong.com/u124.html

Thanks to Levana Taylor for suggesting the above two songs.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 01 Dec 21 - 12:52 AM

SWEET BABY JAMES   , by James Taylor

Now the first of December was covered with snow
So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go


Recording by James Taylor: 
https://youtu.be/k2x0fPgAj_Y


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Dec 21 - 06:12 AM

16 Dec. 1773 American colonists boarded three ships in Boston harbour and emptied 342 chests of tea into the sea.

Wikipedia:Boston Tea Party
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Tea_Party

REVOLUTIONARY TEA
"Revolutionary Tea" Lyrics, Info & Music: The Minnesota Heritage Songbook    
https://mnheritagesongbook.net/the-songs/addition-song-without-recordings/revolutionary-tea/

BALLAD OF THE TEA PARTY
The Ballad of the Tea Party, song lyrics   
http://www.protestsonglyrics.net/Historic_Songs/Ballad-the-Tea-Party.phtml
Ballad of the Tea Party · Hermes Nye     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gi6Zh3VA1Y
Folk and Traditional Song Lyrics: Ballad of the Tea Party http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Ballad_of_the_Tea_Party.htm


BOSTON TEA PARTY SONG

The Boston Tea Party Song-Pharrell Williams     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h5Nh7mggx0


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 06:54 AM

December 7, 1941 - The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft in a raid that lasted just over one hour and left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.


REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
Carson Robison "Remember Pearl Harbor"      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyOyoHNkeC4
Remember Pearl Harbor (song) From Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remember_Pearl_Harbor_(song)   


PEARL HARBOR BLUES       -Doctor (Peter) Clayton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg_0AT5LLqE


COWARDS OVER PEARL HARBOR    - Wilma Lee Cooper
   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSnyiE5u03M


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 07:15 AM

And another song about related events which was suggested by Levana Taylor is
WAKE ISLAND
Wake Island · Oscar Brand   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvkdKinM4-0
MUDCAT :Origins, Oscar Brand's 'Wake Island'    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=98039#1936283

It's about a battle that took place December 8-23, 1941.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: open mike
Date: 03 Dec 21 - 12:23 AM

HERE ARE MY FAVORITES FOR CHRISTMAS TIME
CHRISTMAS TIME'S A-COMIN' BEN."TEX" LOGAN   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRL5hTWidk4
HOT BUTTERED RUM   TOMMY THOMPSON
Many recordings of "Hot Buttered Rum "on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Hot+Buttered+Rum+song
Lyr Req: Hot Buttered Rum (Tommy Thompson)     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=1209&messages=49
CORN,WATER,WOOD   ELLIOT, WALDMAN
Corn, Water and Wood · Michael Martin Murphey  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHYUVtxf-XM
COWBOY CHRISTMAS   CONNIE KALDOR   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSi5JO3kzeU
EARLY SNOW   TOM PAXTON    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qCe9vfQzw
Lyrics & Chords :Early Snow http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/tom-paxton/early-snow-crd-tom-paxton.htm
IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER   MERLE HAGGARD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TByT3QlWc
THE GIFT   STEPHANIE DAVIS   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEH2QJLSNMU
CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES   JOHN MCCUTCHEON
Christmas in the Trenches - written and performed by John McCutcheon   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41RWaTCs
Wikipedia: "Christmas in the Trenches"     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_the_Trenches

WE'RE GONNA SING   CONNIE KALDOR
MUDCAT: Lyr Add: We're Gonna Sing (Connie Kaldor and Bim)   
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=53561#reply


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 03 Dec 21 - 05:28 AM

THE PERFECT FIELDS OF FREDERICKSBURG
by Larry Kaplan

The mower cuts the lower field,
The grass grows slow this year.
Still, every week, all summer long
I see that mower here.
Around the fields of Fredericksburg,
In this fair morning light,
A place we call a monument
Straight lines up Marye's Heights.

A mile further down this hill,
The river Burnside crossed,
Who razed this town clear to the ground,
Then every soldier lost.
The engine drones, the mower slows
Where young boys stood in fear.
It stops for time to clean the blades
Then slowly disappears.

The broken walls, the soldiers' calls,
The frightened guns are gone.
Still, shops that sell the souvenirs
Say, "Choose which side you're on."
And children search for evidence
To prove a war was here.
And perfect fields of Fredericksburg
Hide blood and bones, and tears.


YouTube


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 03 Dec 21 - 05:31 AM

In this video, Dermot Byrne has a story from the memoirs of Irish soldiers at the battle of Fredericksburg, concerning Irish troops on both sides singing "Ireland Boys Hurrah" together. The incident is also mentioned in the Mudcat thread about the song.

IRELAND BOYS HURRAH

YouTube search


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 03 Dec 21 - 01:13 PM

KITCHEN DANCE
by Larry Kaplan

Was a lonely old night; longest night of the year.
Biggest moon in the sky; biggest moon in ten years.
There's a chill in the air; hear the wind in the trees.
Says it's just another winter night. He doesn't mind.
He says, "It suits me."
Come a bump on the door, then a snap of the wind.
But there hasn't been a single soul come calling here since I don't know when.
Put the coffee pot down; better turn into bed.
There ain't nothing like a little sleep
To get these devils out of your head.

CHORUS (after each verse):
It's a lonely night; he could use a few songs.
Needs a banjo and a fiddle, and a little tune that isn't too long.
Dancing in the kitchen; talking 'bout the fishing last June.
Flirting with the ladies. Would you take a look at that moon!

In a minute or two he was deep in a sleep;
But there were tunes in his ear and the music was sweet.
Then he heard a voice call, "Roll the carpet back now.
Put the chairs in the corner. If you want to dance,
We're starting right now."
There was singing all night; how that fiddle bow flew!
Kids on the stairs, folks alone and in pairs; not a soul there he knew.
Won't you come out tonight? Take a turn on the floor.
So they spun him 'round a little,
Then he spun himself around a bit more.

Then the music grew dim; then they all disappeared.
He sat up with a start. Where's the music he hears?
Throws open the door; just a little new snow.
Fire in the fireplace; it must have started minutes ago.
Sun up in the trees. There ain't nobody there.
But there's rosin on the table, and he can't remember moving them chairs.
What a curious dream; what a wonderful night!
Well, the winter gets long, but he's got a new song,
And the moon is still bright.


YouTube


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 06:43 AM

MARY L. McKAY
The record run of the "Mary L. McKay" (pseudonym of the schooner Effie M. Morrissey) happened in December, 1912.


Various recordings of "Mary L. McKay" on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Mary+L.+McKay
MUDCAT: Lyr Add: The Mary L. Mackay / Mary L. McKay     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=91328T
MUDCAT:lyrics in DT /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=6686

Thanks go to Levana Taylor for this song


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: gillymor
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 09:15 AM

LAST TRAIN FROM POOR VALLEY
Norman Blake

It was good one time
Everything was mighty fine
The coal tipple rolled day and night
And things they got slow
For reasons I don't know
And the chill winds they pulled into sight

The mine's all closed down
Everybody layin' around
There wasn't very much left to do
But to stand in that line
Get your rations strict on time
And woman I could see it killin' you

CHORUS: Now the soft new snow of December
Lightly falls my cabin round
Saw the last train from Poor Valley
Bringing brown-haired Becky Richmond bound

Been comin' all night long
Soon we'll be gone
Leavin' crossed your mind everyday
And then you said to me
"Things are bad back home you see"
I guess I'd better be on my way

I should hate you now
But I never could somehow
A miner's wife you were not cut out to be
It wasn't what you thought
Just some dreams you bought
When you left home and ran away with me

Saw the last train from Poor Valley
Bringing brown-haired Becky Richmond bound


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Dec 21 - 09:51 AM

SONGS ABOUT SENATOR JOE McCARTHY

December 2, 1954 - The U.S. Senate condemned Senator Joseph McCarthy for misconduct following his ruthless investigations of thousands of alleged Communists.

Joseph McCarthy From Wikipedia    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McCarthy

GET THAT COMMUNIST, JOE -The Kavaliers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzKW-oz1Lbw&t=27s
THE SENATOR McCARTHY BLUES     by Hal Block     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCp_oWHLki0
JOE McCARTHY'S BAND   Joe Glazer   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiW50wxZn-I
"Joe McCarthy’s Band" is found on page 5 of The Big Little Person’s Book of Songs for Democratic Action(link is external). McCarthy is Comin’ to Town”
JOE McCARTHY'S LULLABY     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opr-tlqWkrU


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Dec 21 - 10:11 AM

JOE McCARTHY IS COMIN' TO TOWN

Folk Singer Joe Glazer wrote this parody about Senator McCarthy titled “Joe McCarthy is Comin’ to Town” (1951) sung to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

You’d better beware, you’d better be good,
You’d better do only the things that you should.
Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.

He’ll call you a pink, he’ll call you a red,
He’ll drive every liberal thought from your head.
Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.

He knows when you’re subversive, he knows each move you make;
His gumshoe boys are watching, so be good for McCarthy’s sake.

So you’d better play safe, don’t talk and don’t read,
Don’t write and don’t join if you want to succeed.
Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.

If you’ve got a book whose cover is red,
When you start to read look under the bed,
Cause Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.

If you go to church to pray or to wed,
You’d better make sure that the preacher’s not red,
Cause Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.

Now if you are a teacher and you want to get ahead,
Don’t mention Thomas Jefferson, talk about Joe McCarthy instead.

So, you’d better play safe, don’t talk and don’t read,
Don’t write and don’t join, if you want to succeed,
Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.

Be careful who your friends are, be careful what you say.
Don’t be too controversial, or McCarthy will get you some day.

So, get rid of your brains and you’ll never go wrong,
You’ll always be safely sailing along,
When Joe McCarthy’s coming to town.



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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 05 Dec 21 - 10:23 AM

DECEMBER
by Foxhunting (Joseph Sutherland)

Hear on
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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 05 Dec 21 - 12:57 PM

THE BLECKELL MURRYNEET

Or, "Blackwell Merry Night" in more standard dialect -- a "merry night" in the borders, especially Cumbria, being a big party at a public house. This one, in a song written by Robert Anderson (1770-1833), took place on "the last of December" 1802 or 1803.

"Blackwell Merry Night" on
Mainly Norfolk
Mudcat thread and DT
Instrumental version ("loosely based") by a harp and guitar duo is the only online recording I found: YouTube


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Dec 21 - 05:19 PM

JOHN FUDSTON   
concerns the execution of said murderer, which took place on December 29, 1825.

MUDCAT, DT lyrics: John Fudston    
/mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=3241

On the twentieth of December, in the morning quite soon,
He called to the sheriff to confess what he'd done;
He confessed to his God for the crime he had done,
He said he was a murderer, his race it was run.


Thanks go to Levana Taylor for suggesting this song


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 08:17 AM

MASTER McGRATH

The greyhound's triumph is stated in the song to have taken place in December, 1869.

Various recordings of "Master McGrath" on YouTube   
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Master+McGrath
MUDCAT DT Lyrics: "Master McGrath"     /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905,3905&SongI

Thanks to Levana Taylor for this song.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 06 Dec 21 - 03:57 PM

6 Dec 1921, the Anglo-Irish treaty was signed. One war ended and another - the Irish Civil War - was soon to start. What songs would you recommend to mark the occasion? One that springs to mind for me is a relatively recent composition by Brian Moore (1946-2011)
THE BALLAD OF MICHAEL COLLINS   aka Hang Out Your Brightest Colours

Returning then to London town, who will take the blame?   
The Treaty lies before him, Michael Collins adds his name.   
There's a darker time upon the land, who will bear the load?   
An awkward hero in an armoured car on an Irish country road.

Hang out your brightest colours and his memory now recall   
For each one wants a part of him, no one wants it all   

Brian singing under the name Cormac O'Moore    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QhMx_UI1fs

LINK to post below from Felipa about more songs marking the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 08 Dec 21 - 01:02 AM

December 28, 1879: The bridge over the Tay at Dundee collapses taking a passenger train down with it.

The event inspired a famous poem by Theodor Fontane and an infamous one by William McGonagall (see Mudcat thread), neither having been set to music as far as I know.

BALLAD OF THE TAY RAIL BRIDGE
by B Yellow

The station was so dark, so quiet and still,
There was nothing in the air, the air was bracing,
Christmas day had passed, he was coming home, your loved one.
And over the valleys people crying out loud,
A storm was on its way,
The memories of Christmas day flashed before your eyes,
When the truth came out.


YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty36a9Z4gHE


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 Dec 21 - 06:40 PM

WOUNDED KNEE SONGS
December 29, 1890 - Members of the U.S. 7th Cavalry massacred more than 200 Native American (Sioux) men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota.

Wounded Knee-Vic Abram    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ErFsomokn8
We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee-Redbone   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-exUl-TnQ0
"Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"-Buffy Sainte-Marie    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJnwUbJoheo
Big Foot-Johnny Cash     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEwWXNN6bIs
Wounded Knee · Nik Kershaw    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmSoY1hj2ek
"Gwaed Ar Yr Eira Gwyn"-Tecwyn Ifan    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmUMjX1DWRg
"Were You There?"-Grant Lee Buffalo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7plNcVqmX4
Wounded Knee · Walela    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XowG1z6Ag0
Wounded Knee Massacre From Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 09 Dec 21 - 10:28 AM

THE NIGHTINGALE
[ Roud 1093 ; Laws M37 ; G/D 1:18 ; Henry H75a ; Ballad Index LM37 ; VWML HAM/3/13/5 ; Bodleian Roud 1093 ; trad.]

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


Mainly Norfolk: "The Nightingale" Lyrics & Info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/cyril.tawney/songs/thenightingale.html
The Nightingale · Cyril Tawney     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL2deKpaMtI

Link to NIGHTINGALE (THE) posted above


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 09 Dec 21 - 05:37 PM

PROHIBITION SONGS
5 December, 1933 - The 18th Amendment (Prohibition Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution was repealed. For nearly 14 years, since January 29, 1920, it had outlawed the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the U.S.

Wikipedia: Repeal of Prohibition in the United States    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repeal_of_Prohibition_in_the_United_States
Just A Little Drink - Tennessee Happy Boys     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXvUwA3UUis
Prohibition is a Failure · The New Lost City Ramblers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYm5I6izh4Q
The Goodbye Old Booze- New Lost City Ramblers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdTNkoe7mes

American Moonshine and Prohibition Songs, many tracks on Youtube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=American+Moonshine+and+Prohibition+Songs+all+tracks+Youtube


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 09 Dec 21 - 07:23 PM

December 24, 1913: At a Christmas party organized by striking miners in Calumet, Michigan, someone shouted "Fire," and during the ensuing rush for the exit, 79 people, including 54 children, were crushed to death. It is very widely believed that the culprit was an opponent of the union. (Wikipedia)

1913 MASSACRE
by Woody Guthrie


Mudcat:
here and related threads
Traditional Ballad Index
Wikipedia article about the song
Well-known recordings of the song include those by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Alex Campbell.
Live recording by Christy Moore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvnazELFb5k


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 11 Dec 21 - 05:16 AM

MUDCAT:Christmas Parodies I   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=28249#top


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 11 Dec 21 - 08:59 PM

As I noted in my 6 Dec message, that date marked the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.
Another song for the occasion is THE IRISH FREE STATE by Patrick Galvin. It is the opening song in this video of a Treaty Songs programme at the (Irish) National Concert Hall, Dublin in Dec 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwGXdOtgeWY
There's also a new song by Duke Special about ERSKINE CHILDERS . I haven't watched the full programme yet, but hope there will be some other noteworthy songs. I'm just about to listen to Karan Casey sing two songs she has written about Kathleen Clarke.
LINK to post above on 06 Dec 21 from Felipa about songs marking the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 12 Dec 21 - 10:44 AM

Felipa,here is another song about her:
THE BALLAD OF KATHLEEN CLARKE

By Paul Gillis

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnwjvTYqpK8


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 12 Dec 21 - 10:49 AM

/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170729 THE KINGSTOWN DISASTER
by Johnny McEvoy

recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4S96bsaiQ8

It was Christmas Eve in eighteen ninety-five
The biggest storm in years was blowing wild
Never had we seen it’s like before
As we drifted helpless towards the Kingstown shore

The wind was blowing like a wild banshee
Our ship was tossed upon the raging sea

Each man on board believed it was the end
We thought we’d never see our homes again
Suddenly there came a mighty sound
Our sails in shreds as they came tumbling down

How nobody died I’ll never know
As we ran aground upon the rocks below
We prayed to God to see us through the night
We had many hours to go before day-light

When suddenly we heard somebody call
“Stand fast me boys we’ll save you one and all

With burning eyes, we stared into the night
I must admit it was a wonderous sight
The Kingstown lifeboat drawing up abeam
Our eyes could not believe the sight we’d seen

Hold tight me boys we’ll throw to you a line
To tell the truth we haven’t got much time
The tide is turning fast before our eyes
We’ve got to get you off before sunrise

Then through the night there came a mighty roar
A towering wave of twenty feet or more
Came crashing down upon the men below
Such fear and terror you could never know

Splintered timbers scattered all around
Of those brave men there wasn’t sight nor sound
Capsized and smashed into a million parts
tnough to break a hardened sailor’s heart

Alex Williams was the cockswain’s name
His likes I know we’ll never see again
Fifteen men and boys were lost that night
Gone to their reward before daylight

Saint Stephen’s day they laid them in their grave
Wives and mothers prayed their souls to save
And we stood by just glad to be alive
That Christmas time in eighteen ninety-five.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 13 Dec 21 - 06:58 AM

THE BULLFIGHT ON THE SAN PEDRO is about the so-called Battle of the Bulls, an incident of Mormon history traditionally dated to December 12, 1846.
MUDCAT: Lyr Add: The Bullfight on the San Pedro et al.   
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2964#13720

Thanks for this one Levana Taylor


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 14 Dec 21 - 06:40 AM

JACOBITE SONGS

22 Dec.1715 James Edward Stuart, son of James II, the deposed Catholic King of England, lands in north-east Scotland to lead a Jacobite rebellion.

Many Jacobite songs on YouTube   
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Jacobite+Songs
More Jacobite songs    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_en-GBGB775GB775&tbm=vid&q=jacobite+rebel+songs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiGj_Gd_OX0AhUBoVwKHTVEB
Wikipedia : Jacobite songs     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Jacobite_songs
Extract from a Jacobite song in The National Archives Kew, Richmond https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/jacobite-1715/jacobite-song/

Link to THE WHITE COCKADE below


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 15 Dec 21 - 09:06 AM

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL  has been identified by Professor Bennett Zon, the Head of the Department of Music at Durham University as a Jacobite song
Article:‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ - Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Christmas Carol   
https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/newsitem/?itemno=7328
More on Wikipedia ( scroll down to Jacobite connection)     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Come,_All_Ye_Faithful


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 15 Dec 21 - 09:15 AM

SONGS ABOUT JOSEPH STALIN
December 21 Josef Stalin leader of Soviet Russia leader was born as Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili

Stalin Wasn't Stallin' , many recordings on YouTube   
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=stalin+wasn%27t+stallin
Stalin Wasn't Stallin' ,From Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalin_Wasn%27t_Stallin%27
The Ballad Of Stalin     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fxSMQFAkBE
MUDCAT: Lyr Add:The Ballad of Stalin (songs about Stalin)    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=39480
Just Like Me (Joseph Stalin Song) · Jeffrey Martin    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8igbElE_y0
Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys - Advice To Joe 1951    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SosOQkKnNkc


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 17 Dec 21 - 05:47 AM

CHRISTMAS SONG WRITTEN BY A COMPUTER    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C89qjdBb9k8


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 19 Dec 21 - 09:02 AM

PLEASE DADDY, DON'T GET DRUNK THIS CHRISTMAS
Many recordings of “Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas” on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=PLEASE+DADDY+DON%27T+GET+DRUNK+THIS+CHRISTMAS+


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 19 Dec 21 - 08:17 PM

I AM A ROCK
by Paul Simon
Recorded by Simon & Garfunkel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKlSVNxLB-A

A winter's day
In a deep and dark December
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 20 Dec 21 - 10:07 AM

WHEN THEY FLEW

17th December, 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first powered, controlled airplane flights. They made four flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

When They Flew -Jonathan Sprout    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UeXUYsUi4E

Another song about The Wright Brothers    WRIGHT!
Wright! - by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkBmFWUNRzs


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 21 Dec 21 - 06:33 AM

WASSAIL SONGS

Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvylJZczJrc&list=OLAK5uy_nXL9QITouGVeYSS2_gEqV4QP1zja_bsfA
Wassail songs and Tunes     http://www.cbladey.com/wassong.html

MALPAS WASSAIL-Watersons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE2BsU-dVdI     Mainly Norfolk: Malpas Wassail Lyrics & Info     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE2BsU-dVdI
APPLE TREE WASSAIL- Watersons    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYsi7Y-ICYs&list=OLAK5uy_l0Vp2LdaqgA74qeeA3-7do0Bh0chzYguw&index=10
APPLE TREE WASSAIL-Peter Griggs    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W0wUo2rng4
THE GOWER WASSAIL -The Revels Chorus     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH8DGS3K3jM
GOWER WASSAIL -Steeleye Span     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwwEmQmSWs
YORKSHIRE WASSAIL - Elektra Women's Choir    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCXM9G9uyt4
CORNISH WASSAIL - Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg4Ql4YEdbg
JACOBSTOWE WASSAIL - Lynn Rowan · Will Rowan     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5s4DK82OwU
THE WASSAILING SONG- Blur     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX_fnMdIw3o&list=PLvh35o-hIL3zuLP0jOXsr1idvrm6lqRnR
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WASSAIL     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfncJavzoB8
STROUD WASSAIL -     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYigw7vzEk
WHIMPLE WASSAIL- Jim Causley and assorted musicians     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHMPs5lZwfE
Many Wassail Songs on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=+Wassail++songs


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 21 Dec 21 - 05:02 PM

KENTUCKY WASSAIL- · Cathy Barton · Dave Para · Caroline Paton · Sandy Paton · Skip Gorman     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE5A9yBXeYo


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 21 Dec 21 - 07:30 PM

HOMELESS WASSAIL by Ian Robb

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


This song was originated by
Finest Kind and has been covered by many others. See thread. It's very much in the tradition of older works:

THE DITCHLING CAROL

And all remember, gentles gay:
For you who bask in fortune's ray
The year is all a holiday.
The poor have only Christmas.


See
Mudcat, Mainly Norfolk, and YouTube search.

REMEMBER THE POOR [The Snow Is on the Ground]

Cold winter is come with its keen cutting breath,
And the birds is all dropped from the trees.
All nature seems touched at the finger of death,
And the streams are beginning to freeze.
When the hills and the dales are all covered in white
And Flora attends us no more,
When you sit by your fireside, reviving and hot,
Will you grumble to think on the poor?


Recorded by
Jeff Warner, Waterson:Carthy, and others. See Mudcat and Mainly Norfolk.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 22 Dec 21 - 04:44 PM

YORKSHIRE CAROLS
recordings of the singing of carols in Yorkshire pubs and other public places   
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=YORKSHIRE+CAROLS
Dungworth and the Sheffield carols    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNonVdwRT9A


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 23 Dec 21 - 04:53 PM

BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE ISABELLA
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella · The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square · Orchestra at Temple    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Voqg04JdZss
Many other recordings of ' Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella' on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ring+a+Torch%2C+Jeannette%2C+Isabella


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 23 Dec 21 - 04:59 PM

KIT CARSON
December 24 American frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868) was born in Madison County, Kentucky. He was a soldier, trapper, guide and Indian agent in the Old West.

Fess Parker - The Ballad of Kit Carson    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t00-MsQVKA
Kit Carson by Bruce Cockburn    http://cockburnproject.net/songs&music/kc.html
Bruce Cockburn - Kit Carson     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm3mX1UoJQo


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Dec 21 - 09:05 AM

THE CHRISTMAS SHOES
    The Christmas Shoes  -  Many recordings on Youtube       
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Christmas+Shoes! BR>


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Dec 21 - 09:25 AM

HANUKKAH SONGS
MUDCAT:Happy C/Hanukkah! (plus a song)    
/thread.cfm?threadid=28872&messages=14


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Dec 21 - 05:42 PM

CHRISTMAS AT SEA     https://www.google.com/search?q=CHRISTMAS+AT+SEA+YouTube&rlz=1C1CHBD_en-GBGB775GB775&oq=CHRISTMAS+AT+SEA+YouTube&aqs=chrome..69i


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Dec 21 - 05:57 PM


THE MARI LWYD SONG
The Mari Lwyd was a tradition enacted at Christmas time in Wales

Mari Lwyd on Wikipedia    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Lwyd
Lyrics, Recording & Info    https://museum.wales/collections/folksongs/?id=2
Mari Lwyd performed by Carreg Lafar     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nlqIhJnQrc
Mari Lwyd performed in Wales     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ptel9C3Zhg
Mari Lwyd - The Welsh Sources and Meaning     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5pk-Hc758
Many More YouTube Videos about Mari Lwyd     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mari+lwyd+song


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Dec 21 - 07:30 PM

THE CHERRY TREE CAROL
Wikipedia: The Cherry-Tree Carol    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cherry-Tree_Carol
The Cherry Tree Carol -Joan Baez    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYaFGSG_x80
Many other recordings of The Cherry Tree Carol on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cherry+tree+carol

The Qur’an and the Cherry-Tree Carol – David Halperin     https://www.davidhalperin.net/the-quran-and-the-cherry-tree-carol-a-christmas-story/
Islam and Source Criticism: Part 1    http://tonymusings.blogspot.com/2015/04/islam-and-source-criticism-part-1.html
Wikipedia :Mary in Islam    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_in_Islam


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: leeneia
Date: 25 Dec 21 - 11:20 AM

There's a Christmas song called COLD DECEMBER FLIES AWAY

Here's a YouTube video with the melody:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l78tzAYDYiE


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 Dec 21 - 11:47 AM

JUST ANOTHER CHRISTMAS SONG
"Just Another Christmas Song"- Bill and the Belles    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZbmJTIHy3o
And for a song of a different colour there's
TRY NOT TO BE A CUNT, IT’S CHRISTMAS
Try Not To Be A Cunt, It’s Christmas - Fascinating Aïda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U2XdkBkTTk


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 Dec 21 - 11:57 AM

YULE

Yule · Lisa Thiel    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=400WG-v3VO0


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 26 Dec 21 - 10:27 AM

HEROD AND THE COCK
Mainly Norfolk Lyrics& Info:Herod and the Cock (Roud 306, Child 55)
https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/herodandthecock.html
Herod and the Cock · Watersons     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMwbY5aWSVQ
Many other recordings of Herod and the Cock on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Herod+and+the+Cock

Thanks for suggesting this one Reinhard


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Reinhard
Date: 26 Dec 21 - 11:55 AM

Is the premise from the beginning of the thread still valid? :

"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."


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 26 Dec 21 - 03:54 PM

@Reinhard: excellent question. It was me who proposed having a separate non-holiday thread, but Geoff's the one running the "months" project, so if he thinks separating them out isn't a good idea, he's no doubt right.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 Dec 21 - 05:24 AM

PLEASE MR CUSTER
George Armstrong Custer was born on December 5, 1839 in New Rumley, Harrison County, Ohio.

Please Mr Custer Custer, many recordings on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Please%3B+Mr+Custer


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 28 Dec 21 - 07:35 AM

I think having one thread for Christmas and St Stephen's day songs (and maybe other holidays such as Chanukah and Kwanza) and one for other December songs (secular Dec songs?) was a good idea.

If Geoff doesn't mind the work, he could sub-divide the index by song type.


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 29 Dec 21 - 06:45 AM

MARCH THE MORNING SUN

Then men and dames give up your beds
oh, maids and boys, you're yawning
to hear the bells ring frosty round
to tell it's Christmas morning

Mainly Norfolk:Lyrics and Info
https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/marchthemorningsun.html
March the Morning Sun - The Young Tradition With Shirley and Dolly Collins     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2qFXIvxb-Q
Thanks for suggesting this one Reinhard


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 Dec 21 - 06:12 AM

THE CUTTY WREN

26 December is sometimes called St Stephen's Day or Wren Day. The song is thought by some to represent the human sacrifice of the Year King, or the symbolic substitute slaughter of the wren as "king of the birds" at the end of the year for similar purposes, and such songs are traditionally sung on Boxing Day (26 December), just after the winter solstice.

Saint Stephen's DayFrom Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Stephen%27s_Day
Various recordings of The Cutty Wren on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Cutty+Wren
MUDCAT: Origins: Any St Stevens Day songs?/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170749&messages=2#top

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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 31 Dec 21 - 06:26 AM

CHRISTMAS TIME IN WASHINGTON
written by Roy Acuff

Many & various recordings of “Christmas Time in Washington”on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%E2%80%9CChristmas+Time+in+Washington%E2%80%9D%2C+written+and+sung+by+Steve+Earle


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 31 Dec 21 - 04:43 PM

THE PORT ADMIRAL

'Twas at the landing-place
    That's just below Mount Wyse,
Poll leaned against the sentry's box,
    A tear in both her eyes,
Her apron twisted round her arms,
    All for to keep them warm,
It being a windy Christmas Day,
    And also a snowstorm.


Lyrics: Frederick Marryat (1837); Music: George Ward (1998)

Mudcat
YouTube


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 31 Dec 21 - 05:55 PM

SAINT STEPHEN AND HEROD
Wikipedia: Saint Stephen and Herod
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Stephen_and_Herod
Bluegrass Messengers: Recordings & Info 22. St. Stephen and Herod http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/recordings--info-22-st-stephen-and-herod.aspx
Thanks to Reinhard for suggesting this one


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jan 22 - 08:58 AM

CHRISTMAS 1914
Christmas 1914 by Mike Harding    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqaCSnyRMO8

Link to "Christmas in the Trenches "above


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jan 22 - 09:11 AM

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE SONG
The Christmas Truce Song (A Game of Football)- Louis Skiffington & Andy Mort   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElGgXYGsqmw


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jan 22 - 09:16 AM

CHRISTMAS 1915
'Christmas 1915'- Celtic Thunder    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG3l-OBdcPI


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jan 22 - 01:50 PM

CHRISTMAS IN SOUTHGATE
Christmas in Southgate · Ry Cooder    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yCMTm2zT8s


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jan 22 - 04:47 PM

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


Luke Kelly -The Lifeboat Mona    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elNHzSf-QZI
Various recordings of The Lifeboat Mona on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Lifeboat+Mona+++


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Jan 22 - 11:27 AM

THE BOAR'S HEAD CAROL
Wikipedia: Boar's Head Carol    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boar%27s_Head_Carol
The Boar's Head Carol - Many recordings on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Boar%27s+Head+Carol


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Jan 22 - 06:54 PM

HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) aka So This Is Christmas
Recordings by various performers on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=HAPPY+XMAS+(WAR+IS+OVER)+


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Jan 22 - 10:26 AM

ASHTABULA TRAIN WRECK
The Ashtabula Train Disaster was the failure of a bridge over the Ashtabula River near the town of Ashtabula, Ohio, in the United States on December 29, 1876.

The Hiram Rapids Stumblers -- Ashtabula Train Wreck    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De5Gz662e2E
Wikipedia: Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtabula_River_railroad_disaster
MUDCAT: Ashtabula Train Disaster 1876 songs? /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=148645&messages=7


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 06 Jan 22 - 01:41 AM

LE RÉVEILLON DU JOUR DE L'AN [La Cuisinière] (The New Year's Eve Dinner, or The Cook)

"A réveillon is a long dinner held in the evening preceding Christmas Day and [on] New Year's Eve." (Wikipedia)

Recordings:
Originated by the Famille Larin, recorded circa 1960
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4nWWD0moxs
La Bottine Souriante has many live recordings of this song; here are ones from 1987 and 1996
Live by The Lost Fingers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU-UvJzqoZE


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 07 Jan 22 - 10:29 AM

I SAW THREE SHIPS  aka On Christmas Day in the Morning
Wikipedia: I Saw Three Ships    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Saw Three_Ships
Many recordings of " I_Saw_Three_Ships" on YouTube nbsp;   https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=I+Saw+Three+Ships
Many recordings of "On Christmas Day in the Morning" on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=christmas+day+in+the+morning+song


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 Jan 22 - 08:31 AM

JOSEPH -   Jake Thackray    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QTG-1d6rGQ


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 08 Jan 22 - 04:21 PM

AYE FOND KISS by Robbie Burns
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=32222#422373

http://www.robertburns.org/works/358.shtml

"When Burns's affair with Mrs Agnes M'Lehose ('Clarinda') came to an end, and he settled down to married life with Jean Armour, he still retained a strong affection for 'Clarinda'. They met in Edinburgh for the last time on 6th December 1791. She was then about to set sail for Jamaica in the hope of achieving reconciliation with her husband (a hope that was not to be realized). On 27th December, Burns sent her 'Ae Fond Kiss' from Dumfries, a song so genuine in its resigned passion that it makes the drawing-room songs of 'sensibility' he had previously written for her seem artificial and insignificant. Sir Walter Scott thought that 'Ae Fond Kiss' contained the 'essence of a thousand love tales'."

as sung by Dougie MacLean

Jean Redpath with Alisdair Fraser and San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 01:20 AM

TO DAUNTON ME by Robert Burns

The blude-red rose at Yule may blaw,
The simmer lilies bloom in snaw,
The frost may freeze the deepest sea,
But an auld man shall never daunton me.


Mudcat
Lyrics and translation
Recorded by Ewan MacColl and by Janet Russell


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 01:58 AM

THE WHITE COCKADE

The white cockade was a Jacobite symbol. A Mudcat
thread discusses several songs by that title.

Link to JACOBITE SONGS above


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Subject: RE: Any December Songs?
From: GUEST,Diolch
Date: 15 Jan 22 - 07:38 AM

BOXING DAY
by Robb Johnson, also recorded in two different but both magnificent versions by Roy Bailey. Any undated hunting and anti-hunting songs set in winter could also fit on the 26th December.

Mudcat thread with lyrics and tune:   
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=33441

The youtube offerings tend to come and go as it's under copyright but searching will usually turn one up.


Here's one Diolch     Boxing Day · Robb Johnson   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4v8FK7IyEA


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