Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again

Gower Wassail

 

A-wassail, a-wassail throughout all the town

Our cup it is white and our ale it is brown

Our wassail is made of the good ale and cake

Some nutmeg and ginger, the best we could bake

Chorus

Fol dedol dol dedol Dol dedol dol de dol

Fol de de ro Fol de da ri

Sing too ra li o

Our wassail is made of the elderberry bough

And so my good neighbors we'll drink unto thou

Besides all on earth, you have apples in store

Pray let us come in for it's cold by the door

Chorus

We hope that your apple trees prosper and bear

So that we may have cider when we call next year

And where you have one barrel we hope you'll have ten

So that we may have cider when we call again

Chorus

There's a master and a mistress sitting down by the fire

While we poor wassail boys stand here in the mire

Come you pretty maid with your silver headed pin

Pray open the door and let us come in

Chorus

It's we poor wassail boys so weary and cold

Please drop some small silver into our bowl

And if we survive for another new year

Perhaps we may call and see who does live here

Chorus

We know by the moon that we are not too soon

And we know by the sky that we are not too high

And we know by the star that we are not too far

And we know by the ground that we are within sound

Chorus

 

Four Nights Drunk

 

Now as I come home so drunk, I couldn't see, oh

There I saw a horse, no horse should be there

I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh

How come the horse there, no horse should be there

You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh

Nothing but a milk cow me mother sent to me, oh

Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh

Saddle on a milk cow I've never seen before 

And as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh

There I saw boots, no boots should be there

I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh

How come the boots there, no boots should be there

You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh

Nothing but a flower pot me mother sent to me, oh

Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh

Laces on a flower pot I've never seen before 

And as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh

There I saw a hat, no hat should be there

I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh

How come the hat there, no hat should be there

You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh

Nothing but a chamber pot me mother sent to me, oh

Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh

Sweat-band on a chamber pot I've never seen before 

And as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh

There I saw a man, no man should be there

I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh

How come the man there, no man should be there

You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh

Nothing but a baby me mother sent to me, oh

Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh

Whiskers on a baby I've never seen before, oh

 

When I was on Horseback

 

When I was on horseback, wasn't I pretty ?

When I was on horseback, wasn't I gay ?

Wasn't I pretty when I entered Cork City

And met with my downfall on the fourteenth of May ? 

Six jolly soldiers to carry my coffin

Six jolly soldiers to march by my side

It's six jolly soldiers take a bunch of red roses

Then for to smell them as we go along 

Beat the drum slowly and play the pipes only

Play up the dead march as we go along

And bring me to Tipperary and lay me down easy

I am a young soldier that never done wrong 

When I was on horseback, wasn't I pretty ?

When I was on horseback, wasn't I gay ?

Wasn't I pretty when I entered Cork City

And met with my downfall on the fourteenth of May ?

 

Marrowbones

 

There was a woman in our town and in our town did dwell

She loved her husband dearly but another man twice as well

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

She went down to the doctor to see if she could find

Anything in the whole world to make her old man blind

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

Oh take him sixteen marrowbones and make him eat them all

And when he's finished he'll be so blind that he won't see you at all

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

So the doctor he wrote a letter and he sealed it with his hand

And he sent it up to the old man to make him understand

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

But the old man being a crafty bugger, he knew it all before

He ate them up and he says : 'Me dear, I can't see you at all'

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

Says he : 'I'll go to the river and there meself I'll drown'

Says she : 'I'll walk along with you to see that you don't fall down'

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

They walked along together till they come to the river's brim

So gently there she's kissed him and she crept away behind

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

She ran and she ran behind him to try to push him in

But the old man heard and he jumped aside and she went tumbling in

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

So loudly she did holler and loud for mercy call

But the old man says : 'I am so blind, I can't see you at all'

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

She swam and she swam and she swam around till she came to the further brim

But the old man got the barge pole and he pushed her further in

And sing Folder oh la la la ... 

Oh it may take sixteen marrowbones to make your old man blind

But if you want to murder him you must creep up close behind

And sing Folder oh la la la …

 

Captain Coulston

 

Come and join with Captain Coulston, that hero stout and bold

Who fought his way all on the sea and never was controlled

For six long weeks in summer gales we sailed upon the sea

All bound for New York City, that city fair to see 

The captain and his lady they came on deck each day

To help us with our merriment, going to Amerikay

The merriment being over, we're going to bed one night

The captain he came upon deck to see if all was right 

He said : 'My boys, do not go down you need not think on sleep'

'For in a few hours more we shall be slumbering in the deep'

'For a pirate ship is coming down upon the western sea'

'To rob us of our property going to Amerikay' 

The pirate ship came up to us and ordered us to stand

'Your gold and precious loading, this moment I demand'

'Your gold and precious cargo, resign to me this day'

'Or not a soul you'll ever bring unto Amerikay' 

The battle it commenced, brave boys, and blood in streams did flow

While undaunted did our passengers, the pirate overthrow

The cries of women and children lying in the hull below

While the captain and his passengers the pirate did overthrow 

The pirate ship surrendered just by the break of day

And we brought her as a bounty unto Amerikay

 

Wee Weaver

 

I am a wee weaver confined to my loom,

My love she is fair as the red rose in June.

She is loved by all young men and that does grieve me

My heart's in the bosom of lovely Mary.

As Willie and Mary roved by yon shady bower

Where Willie and Mary spent many a happy hour,

Where the thrush and the blackbird do constantly call

The praises of Mary round Lough Erin shore.

As Willie and Mary roved by yon river side

Said Willie to Mary: “Will you be my bride?”

This couple got married and they'll roam no more,

Their pleasures and treasures round Lough Erin shore.

 

Skewball

 

You gallant sportsmen all, come listen to my story

It's of the bold Skewball, that noble racing pony

Arthur Marvel was the man that brought bold Skewball over

He's the diamond of the land and he rolls about in clover 

The horses were brought out with saddle, whip and bridle

And the gentlemen did shout when they saw the noble riders

And some did shout hurray, the air was thick with curses

And on the grey Griselda the sportsmen laid their purses 

The trumpet it did sound, they shot off like an arrow

They scarcely touched the ground for the going it was narrow

Then Griselda passed him by and the gentlemen did holler

The grey will win the day and Skewball he will follow 

Then halfway 'round the course up spoke the noble rider

I fear we must fall back for she's going like a tiger

Up spoke the noble horse, ride on my noble master

For we're half way round the course and now we'll see who's faster 

And when they did discourse, bold Skewball flew like lightning

They chased around the course and the grey mare she was taken

Ride on my noble lord, for the good two hundred guineas

The saddle shall be of gold when we pick up our winnings 

Past the winning post, bold Skewball proved quite handy

And horse and rider both ordered sherry, wine and brandy

And then they drank a health unto Miss Griselda 

And all that lost their money on the sporting plains of Kildare

 

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