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songs for new years day singing?

26 Dec 12 - 08:29 PM (#3457446)
Subject: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST

Can anyone recommend any folk songs that would be good for a singing session on New years day. It would be nice if they had lyrics that were to do with looking forward to reflecting on the new year in some way.


27 Dec 12 - 12:08 AM (#3457476)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Artful Codger

Come Let Us Anew: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=140327
More on it buried in this thread: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=42108

Another song that I find fitting is "When All Men Sing" (if you'll pardon the male-centrism), written by Keith Scowcraft and Derek Gifford:
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=13199
YouTube: Mike Nicholson & co.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK7t27lfDN4

There's also "I Wish New Year's Was Twice a Month" (sheet music in the Lester S. Levy Collection, I believe).


27 Dec 12 - 03:10 AM (#3457480)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,Gazza2

Si Kahn's New Year? Lovely song!


27 Dec 12 - 03:35 AM (#3457484)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,leeneia

The January Man.

When you run out of New Year songs, and if you live where it gets cold, how about songs which are wintry but not Christmasy?

Winter Wonderland
Let it snow
Baby, it's cold outside (a challenging number)
Here comes Suzy Snowflake


27 Dec 12 - 05:16 AM (#3457508)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Ron Davies

Ring It In, Ring In the New Year ----a round, even.   And easy to learn.

The Goldfish Am A Funny Bird--tune of Auld Lang Syne.   Fun to sing. Admittedly, rather lacking in earth-shaking importance.   But really easy words.


27 Dec 12 - 05:21 AM (#3457511)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Ron Davies

My favorite of this genre by far is Ian Robb's "Song for A New Year".    Just incredibly touching--and ever timely


27 Dec 12 - 05:37 AM (#3457522)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Tattie Bogle

The one I really like is "Da Day Dawn" - a tune that comes from the Shetland tradition of playing it around the streets of Lerwick as the New Year comes in. But it has had words set to it by Jane Hazelden, and you can hear it here, sung and played (on fiddle) by Mairi Campbell of The Cast, accompanied by her husband, Dave Francis (guitar). To hear the tune as a solo instrumental, check out Aly Bain on Youtube.

http://uk.myspace.com/mairicampbelldavefrancis

"Deck the Halls" is as much about New Year as Christmas (or Yuletide, so you could probably do that one too.


27 Dec 12 - 05:44 AM (#3457526)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Tattie Bogle

Can't find Aly Bain version on Youtube, but several others. It is definitely on one of his albums!


27 Dec 12 - 08:15 AM (#3457574)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Young Buchan

Miner's Dream of Home

The moon was shining/(log was burning)brightly;
'Twas a night to banish all sin,
For the bells were ringing the old year out
And the New Year in.


27 Dec 12 - 08:46 AM (#3457586)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Marje

Found this website, which includes at least one good possibility.

http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/carols.html

Also, you might try (Please to see)The King, which is really for Twelfth Night but is seasonal enough.

Marje


27 Dec 12 - 09:01 AM (#3457591)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Jack Campin

"A Guid New Year to Ane and A"

A YouTube search for that finds a guy playing it (none too clearly) on the piano, with "related" links to a whole bunch of Khmer New Year songs - looks they make these as much a specialty as Scotland does:

nom mae tov sdey
plech komlos sbek kmao
sralanh neang chab tek kork
ber neang ban bong
chol chnam kroup khet

They're catchy.


27 Dec 12 - 11:02 AM (#3457636)
Subject: Lyr Add: A GUID NEW YEAR TO ANE AN' A'
From: Tattie Bogle

Lyrics of above song: you could always try singing alang tae yer man oan the piano on Youtube (tho' I've transposed it doon frae C tae A to suit ma voice better!)Bearing it mind what's said oan the ither thread, dinnae try it if ye cannae sing in Scots!

A GUID NEW YEAR TO ANE AN' A'

A guid new year to ane an' a'
An' mony may ye see,
An' during a' the years to come,
O happy may ye be.
An' may ye ne'er hae cause to mourn,
To sigh or shed a tear;
To ane an'a baith great an' sma'
A hearty guid New Year.
Chorus
A guid new year to ane an' a'
An' mony may ye see,
An' during a' the years to come,
O happy may ye be.

2. O time flies past, he winna wait,
My friend for you or me,
He works his wonders day by day,
And onward still doth flee.
O wha can tell when ilka ane,
I see sae happy here,
Will meet again and merry be
Anither guid New Year.
Chorus

3. We twa ha'e baith been happy lang.
We ran aboot the braes.
In yon wee cot beneath the tree,
We spent our early days.
We ran about the burnie's side,
The spot will aye be dear,
An' those that used to meet us there,
We'll think on mony a year.
Chorus

4. Noo let us hope our years may be
As guid as they ha'e been,
And trust we ne'er again may see,
The sorrows we ha'e seen.
And let us wish that ane an'a'
Our friends baith far an' near,
May aye enjoy in times to come -
A hearty guid New Year!
Chorus


27 Dec 12 - 11:17 AM (#3457643)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,henryp

May Your Cup Always be Full by Ali Burns

May Your Cup

We wish you all good things for a happy year ahead!


27 Dec 12 - 04:21 PM (#3457791)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Deck the Hall mentions the new year, not Christmas.


27 Dec 12 - 05:21 PM (#3457812)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Mysha

Hi,

Allison: That may depend on the interpretation of the "Yule" references in the lyrics.


On New Year's Day, we'd just be past the week of fowl, usually "Eight maids a-milking". There would still be plenty of reason to sing Twelve Days of Christmas, or any other song about the period rather than the single night/day. And indeed, winter songs. E.g. the two well-known sleighing songs might fit, depending on the mood of the session.

And although Allison is to modest to mention it, on the Mudcat Seasonal CD "Until the Dark Time Ends", you'll find the song the CD title was taken from:
- The Comfort of Singing Voices, by Alouette Iselin, performed on the CD by the Animaterra Women's Chorus, artistic director Allison Aldrich.
On Youtube, you can hear and see Noreen sing this song at the UK CD-presentation, currently at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWAQ9NhEupI.

Bye
                                                                Mysha


27 Dec 12 - 05:43 PM (#3457823)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: lefthanded guitar

I actually start singing WILD MOUNTAIN THYME the first day after the winter solstice.   I look forward to the warmer months that much, and starting with the first line, the song puts some hope in my heart during the dark, cold winter.

"Oh the summer time is coming."


27 Dec 12 - 05:53 PM (#3457827)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Ed T

Likely not what yiou are looking for _ but, IMO, a song for any day:)

A song for any day


27 Dec 12 - 06:26 PM (#3457840)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,Tony

I doubt that anyone on Mudcat has less musical training or skill than I. Some songs take me weeks just to figure out the chords, and then months of practice before I would sing them with anyone else in the room. But there are other songs that I've learned in a day. The easy learners are usually popular songs (which may be what the NYD thread was looking for). Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is the most recent example. I had heard it for years but never even sang along with it. Then one day I found some new lyrics that I liked. I learned it in less than an hour, sang it all day, and performed it for friends the next day.


27 Dec 12 - 06:29 PM (#3457841)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,Tony

Oops. That was meant for the "A song in six days?" thread, but I had this thread open to see what Young Buchan was talking about. Too bad we can't edit posts.


28 Dec 12 - 04:41 AM (#3457993)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Tattie Bogle

AllisonA, there are several versions of Deck the Halls, and Christmas (and or Yule) are certainly mentioned in some if them. New year comes into the third verse. See page on Wikipedia or Google it.


30 Dec 12 - 05:49 PM (#3459291)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST

thanks everyone for your suggestions. I am quite an experienced singer but I do want some songs that people can pick up easily. I'm going to sing here we come a wassailing as it seems wassailing covers new year! I couldn't get on the mudcat cafe site for days. Every time I clocked on it I just got the word "bonk"!!! Did anyone else have that happen??

I will investigate the songs people have suggested! Thanks again!


31 Dec 12 - 02:38 AM (#3459446)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST

The New Year Carol in the Oxford Book of Carols goes to the tune of Greensleeves. The first line is, 'The old year now away has fled'.

Valmai (Lewes)


31 Dec 12 - 02:44 AM (#3459447)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: MGM·Lion

The Day We Went To Rothesay-o ~~ "One Hogmanay at the Glesga Fair..."

~M~


31 Dec 12 - 04:44 AM (#3459460)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Marje

Wassailing, as in the sense of wassailing the apple trees or "apple howling", is associated with Twelfth Night or "Old Christmas". In Devon they take this one stage further and celebrate it on what would have been old Twelfth Night, round about 17th January. So it may be a little too early to wassail on New Year's Day, but it's certainly not too late.

Marje


31 Dec 12 - 05:03 AM (#3459467)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Mysha

Hi,

I don't think the association is all that universal. As far as I know, some wassail the apple trees as early as Christmas Eve. And indeed, some do on New Year's Morning.

Bye
                                                                  Mysha


31 Dec 12 - 05:48 AM (#3459483)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Jack Campin

Why do Christians have New Year at New Year?

Chinese New Year is in February. Persian/Kurdish New Year is in March. Khmer and South Indian New Years are in April. Jewish New Year is in September. Ancient Rome had New Year in March.   The Vietnamese seem to have two of them, a lunar and solar one.

So for the Gregorian calendar to adopt January 1 as New Year, it had to go against a lot of traditions to the contrary.


31 Dec 12 - 06:18 AM (#3459496)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: MGM·Lion

Indeed, Jack; especially as it screwed up the names of the last 4 months, so that December, from decem, Latin for 10, is now #12 ~~ likewise the 3 months preceding it, Sept = 7th, Oct = 8th, Nov = 9th, are now actually 9th 10th 11th.

Still, it's the way it is. I guess we have all learned to live with it without too much inconvenience - ?

~M~


31 Dec 12 - 09:38 AM (#3459554)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Mysha

Hi,

As I see it, the 1 January New Year was really set by Julius Caesar. If we ignore the sales pitch about Januarius, god of gates, presenting a better starting point for the year, he was probably just shortening a year that would otherwise have become immense due to his date correction. But both the winter solstice and the spring equinox had already been in use as end or start of the year for specific uses before that, and this continued after his time as well.

Christianity then added I don't know how many possible starting dates for the year, either by making the years start with the most important holy day (or a day before that when preparations started), or a day when the story of Jesus Christ began, which could be his birth or the day his mother had to have conceived him or ...

I've never seen anything about the Gregorian calender that explicitly cleared up Fifty Ways to Count your Ages, but in English speaking countries there seems to be a general view that this was one effect of that calender reform. It may be that this was a side-effect, maybe caused by England sticking to the older calender, possibly with one of the other ends of year. Those countries that accepted the new calender earlier might, independent from that, by that time all have settled on the 1 January New Year, so that for England that change would have seemed to come with the calender reform.

But why Christians have New Year at New Year? Well, as far as I know everybody has New Year at New Year.

Happy New Year's Eve, and don't forget to sing Tar Barrel in Dale,
                                                                Mysha


31 Dec 12 - 09:42 AM (#3459555)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Rapparee

The Merry Minuet.


31 Dec 12 - 11:35 AM (#3459579)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Waddon Pete

...try Bob Zentz...end of another year.


Best wishes,

Peter


31 Dec 12 - 11:46 AM (#3459590)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: RTim

NEW YEAR - sung by Tim Radford written by Jehanne Mehta

https://soundcloud.com/tim-radford/new-year

Tim R


31 Dec 12 - 11:56 AM (#3459602)
Subject: Lyr Add: NEW YEAR (Jehanne Mehta)
From: RTim

NEW YEAR (Jehanne Mehta)

The old year shakes his hoary head
For his time is nearly through
We will see him swiftly on his way
Sing a welcome to the new
Now the glass is turning
Set the boats a burning
New songs to be learning
New roads to be treading.

The January wind is come
To sweep old lines away
The new year comes with pen in hand
To write another play
Time's at a beginning
Set the wheels a spinning
New Kites to be flying
New links to be tying.

Now take your loved ones by the hand
For this I tell you true
The gladness of the passing year
Sheds a glow upon the new
Down the road together
Wind or bitter weather
New feats to be daring
New ale to be sharing.

Repeat verse 1.


31 Dec 12 - 06:08 PM (#3459765)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Little Robyn

Jean Ritchie's Peace round.
Here.
A few years back we sang this all round the world as each country reached midnight on New Year. We kicked it off here in NZ and various Catters kept it up - for about 20 hours - until the whole world had reached the next year.
Robyn


31 Dec 12 - 06:15 PM (#3459766)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Little Robyn

Here's the thread from 2009.
Robyn


31 Dec 12 - 06:27 PM (#3459769)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: Little Robyn

And here's how it panned out.
Still half an hour before GMT joins us in 2013.
Happy New Year.
Robyn


28 Dec 17 - 10:39 PM (#3896227)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: FreddyHeadey

from above :
Come Let Us Anew
"When All Men Sing" 
"I Wish New Year's Was Twice a Month"
Si Kahn - New Year
The January Man. Winter Wonderland
Let it snow
Baby, it's cold outside
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Ring It In, Ring In the New Year
The Goldfish Am A Funny Bird(--tune of Auld Lang Syne.)
"Song for A New Year".  - Ian Robb
"Da Day Dawn"
Deck the Halls
Miner's Dream of Home
(Please to see)The King, 
"A Guid New Year to Ane and A"
May Your Cup Always be Full by Ali Burns
Twelve Days of Christmas,
"Until the Dark Time Ends",
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
A song for any day
The New Year Carol \'The old year now away has fled'.
The Day We Went To Rothesay-o \ "One Hogmanay at the Glesga Fair..."
wassails(various)
The Merry Minuet
Bob Zentz...end of another year.
NEW YEAR - Jehanne Mehta 
 Peace round (Rose, rose, rose, rose.) - Jean Ritchie


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 "Ukrainian Carol of the Bells," \ "Ring Silver Bells," \ Schedriwka
A New Year Carol
Deck the hall
http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/carols.html 


29 Dec 17 - 08:17 AM (#3896267)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Great list, Freddy- thanks!

I'm surprised none of us thought of
Sing Levy Dew
aka Sing Residue

Pretty much the same song, with a very different take.


29 Dec 17 - 06:06 PM (#3896377)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: CupOfTea

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!


27 Dec 19 - 11:35 AM (#4025103)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,diplocase

tune for A Guid New Year Tae Ane an A:

A Guid New Year


27 Dec 19 - 01:44 PM (#4025123)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST,Gerry

Eileen McGann's song, Sands, from her CD, Elements. Sorry, can't find lyrics or video online, but it's definitely about welcoming the New Year while reflecting on the old.


29 Dec 19 - 07:00 AM (#4025317)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: GUEST

#(Ssligh expansion on an earlier post- Fred Jordan's New Year song)

I saw the old homestead and faces I knew
I saw England's valleys and dells
And I listened with joy, as I did when a boy]
To the sound of the old village bells

The moon was shining brightly
'Twas a night that would banish all sin
The bells were ringing the old year out
And the New Year in


30 Dec 19 - 09:55 PM (#4025584)
Subject: RE: songs for new years day singing?
From: keberoxu

There aren't any songs or music, are there,
relative to the
Feast of St Sylvester on 31 December?
I don't know of any
but that doesn't mean they don't exist ...