Gower Wassail

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A wassailing song, from Gower in Wales. The minor key gives it a slightly menacing feel, underscoring the bad luck that might befall the master and mistress of the house, should they leave the wassailers outside in the cold and wet.


A wassail, a wassail throughout all this town
Our bread it is white and our ale it is brown
Our wassail is made of the good ale and true
Some nutmeg and ginger, it’s the best we can brew

Chorus: Fol de dol, fol de dol de dol,
Fol de dol de dol, fol de dol de dee
Fol de dero, fol de da dee, sing tu re lye do

Our wassail is made of the elderberry bough
And so my good neighbor we’ll drink unto thou
Besides all on Earth, you’ll have apples in store
Pray let us come in for it’s cold by the door

There’s a master and a mistress sitting down by the fire
While we poor wassailers stand here in the mire
And if we survive for another New Year
Perhaps we may call and see who do live here

We know by the moon that we are not too soon
And we know by the sky that we are not too high
We know by the stars that we are not too far
And we know by the ground that we are within sound


from Wassail!, released December 16, 2016
Music & lyrics: Traditional
Singers: Carol Monahan (solo), Amanda Keogh, Marie Cooley, Victoria Dzenis



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"Conspiratio" is the latin word for harmony. It literally means "breathing together". It also means conspiracy. We conspire solely to amuse ourselves and others with very old songs, mostly about drinking!

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