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Posted By: CupOfTea
29-Dec-17 - 06:06 PM
Thread Name: songs for new years day singing?
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
I know this as DRIVE THE COLD WINTER AWAY, which is the name of the English Country Dance tune. I learned it from a Christmas album with Robbie O'Connell (Aengus? Unsure of the spelling) last verse has women and men rather than just young men, and I like it that way, so I've inserted it into the lyrics (has the melody there, too) that come from the DT:

ALL HAIL TO THE DAYS

All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend
That doth but the best that he may,
Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songs
To drive the cold winter away.

Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined
To think of small injuries now,
If wrath be to seek, do not lend her your cheek,
Nor let her inhabit thy brow.
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks,
Both beauty and youth's decay,
And wholly consort with mirth and with sport
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet,
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet.
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song,
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmas' tide comes in like a bride,
With holly and ivy clad,
Twelve days in the year much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had.
The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play.
Where women and men do best that they can
To drive the cold winter away

Gordon Bok/ Judy Goodenough's TURNING OF THE YEAR is a lovely example of what Caroline Paton calls "comfort songs" & goes with his HEARTH AND FIRE.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR round

Just plain winter songs go down well:
Dillon Bustin's MORE WOOD
WEE DRAPPIE O'T
A DRAM AFORE YE GO
Humorously: FROZEN LOGGER & Eileen McGann' SNOW SHOVELING SHANTY.

Singing in the new year myself,
Joanne in Cleveland where it is QUITE cold and likely to remain so!