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I'm afraid I've left it a bit late for this special page.So here are just a couple of May Day songs. The best in my veiw is The Padstow May Day song. Hopefuly I wake up in time to get up the Chevin in Otley in the morning, if so I'll add some pics in the morning!!!!!!

ok sunrise weren't is good last year pretend sky might be this year we'll get lucky

Oss, Oss, Wee Oss

Unite and unite and let us all unite
For summer is a-come unto day
And wither we are going, we will all unite
In the merry morning of May

With a merry ring and now the joyful spring
O give us a cup of ale and the merrier we will sing

The young men of Padstow, they might if they would
They might have built a ship and gilded it all in gold

The young women of Padstow, they might if they would
They might have built a garland of the white rose and the red

Where are those young men that now here should dance?
For some they are in England and some they are in France

O where is St. George?
O where is he o ?
He's out in his longboat
All on the salt sea-o
Up flies the kite
Down falls the lark-o
And Ursula Birdhood she had an old ewe
And she died in her own park-o

With a merry ring and now the joyful spring
So happy are those little birds and the merrier we will sing


Take no scorn to wear the horn
It was the crest when you were born
Your father's father wore it
And your father wore it to

Hal an tow, jolly rumbalo
We were up 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

What happened to the Spaniards
Who made so great a boast o
It's they shall eat the feathered goose
And we shall eat the roast o


God bless Aunt Mary Moses

And all her power and might o

And send us peace to England

Send peace by day and night o

And as for that good knight,
St. George
George he was a knight o
Of all the knights of Christendom
St. George is the right o


I've been a-wandering all the night
And the best part of the day
Now I'm returning home again
I bring you a branch of May

A branch of May, my love, I say
Here at your door I stand
It's nothing but a sprout, but it's well budded out
By the work of the Lord's own hand

Take a bible in your hand
And read a chapter through
And when the day of judgment comes
The Lord will think of you

In my pocket I've got a purse
Tied up with a silver string
All that I do need is a bit of silver
To line it well within

My song is done and I must be gone
I can no longer stay
God bless you all both great and small
And send you a joyful May

@seasonal @ritual @religion @plant
recorded by Jean Ritchie on "Carols for all Seasons"