May Day Lyrics 2020

Padstow Mayer’s Song

Unite and Unite, now let us unite,
For summer is a-comin’ today;
And whither we are going, we all will unite,
In the merry morning of May. (Fine)

Oh, where are the young men that now here would dance?
For summer is a-comin’ today!
Oh, some they are in England, and some they are in France,
In the merry morning of May.

Oh, where are the young maids that now here would sing?
For summer is a-comin’ today!
Oh, they are in the mea—dow, a-flower-gathering,
In the merry morning of May.

Oh, where is Saint George?__   Oh, where is he now?__
He’s out in his longboat,___   All on the salt_ sea, oh.___
Up flies_ the kite,___   Down falls the lark, oh.___
Aunt Ursula Birdwood, she had an old ewe,_______
And it died in her own_ park, oh.______   (D.C. al Fine)

Hal’-an’-Tow

Since we were first created,
Our words have been debated,
And we have celebrated the coming of the spring.

REFRAIN:
Hal’-an’-Tow!  Jolly rumble-o! 
We were up [pronounced “oop”], long before the day-o,
To welcome in the summer, to welcome in_ the May-o...
For summer is a-comin’ in, and winter’s gone away-o!

Robin Hood and Little John have both gone to the fair-o,
And we will to the merry green wood
    to hunt the buck and hare-o!  (REFRAIN)

What happened to the pirates that made so brave a boast-o?
Why, they shall eat the feathered goose,
    and we shall eat the roast-o!  (REFRAIN)

God bless Aunt Mary Moses, and all her pow’r and might-o,
And send us peace to everyone,
    send peace by day and night-o!  (REFRAIN)

Hi! Ho! The Rattlin’ Bog!

Hi! Ho! The rattlin’ bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o! (2x)

And IN that bog there was a tree,
    a rare tree, a rattlin’ tree,
The tree in the bog,
    and the bog down in the valley-o!

And ON that tree there was a limb,
    a rare limb, a rattlin’ limb…
And ON that limb there was a branch…
And ON that branch there was a twig…
And ON that twig there was a nest…
And IN that nest there was an egg…
And IN that egg there was a bird…
And ON that bird there was a beak…
And IN that beak there was a seed…
[SLOWER] And IN that seed… there was a tree…

Wild Mountain Thyme

Oh, the summertime is comin’,
And the trees are sweetly bloomin’,
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the purple heather.
     Will you go, lassie, go?

REFRAIN:
And we’ll all go together,
     To pull wild mountain thyme,
All around the bloomin’ heather.
     Will you go, lassie, go?

I will build my love a tower, by yon clear crystal fountain,
And on it I will pile, all the flowers of the mountain.
     Will you go, lassie, go?  (REFRAIN)

If my true love she were gone, I would surely find no other,
To pull wild mountain thyme, all around the purple heather.
     Will you go, lassie, go?  (REFRAIN)