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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCome, my lads, and let's be jolly
Roud No.1238
Collected FromPotter, Henry
LocationStandlake
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSHC 2598/72 Manuscript of A Cotswold Ploughing Match and other folk songs included in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st January, 1916, p 2, Part 12, No. 4: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 54, 55
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Come, my lads, and let's be jolly,
Drive away all melancholy,
For to grieve it is a folly,
Since we've met let's merry be.
Verse 1

Come, my lads, and let’s be jolly,
Drive away all melancholy,
For to grieve it is a folly,
Since we’ve met let’s merry be.

Chorus

Why shouldn’t you and I agree?
Always keep good company;
Since we’ve met let’s merry be,
Because it is our holiday.
Fol rol the lol, fol rol the rido,
Fol rol the lol, fol rol the rido,
Fol rol the lol, fol rol the rido,
Fol rol the riddle, rol the ray.

Verse 2

Some delight in quarrelling and fighting,
Evil speaking and back biting,
But no such thing do I delight in,
When we meet to be merry.

Chorus

Verse 3

Solomon, both old and hoary,
Tells us quite another story,
Tells us to sing praise and glory,
When we do meet merrily.

Chorus

Verse 4

Eating and drinking there is no harm in,
Dancing and smoking is quite charming;
All these things take great delight in,
When you do meet merrily.

Chorus

Verse 5

Then let us all with one mind agree,
Resolve to keep good company;
Pray, what harm in this can be,
When we meet to be merry?

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: ‘A second rate drinking song, that enjoyed great popularity. Obtained of David Sawyer, of Ogbourne and Henry Potter, Standlake, Oxfordshire.’

Note 2

In the manuscript both Verse 2 and Verse 5 are later additions.

Note 3

The chorus published in FSUT reads:

Why shouldn’t you and I agree?
Always keep good company;
Since we’ve met let’s merry be,
Because it is our holiday.

Note 4

The usual citation for this song is: WSHC: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 438. The above text is taken from the original which is the citation given above.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2014.

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