Essex Wassail

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Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer’s brand new Christmas Single (although Wassailing is more a mid-winter festival and nothing to do with actual Christmas). Join in with the fun and frolics!

Recorded and produced Swan-Dyer
All material owned by Swan-Dyer
Artwork: Vicki Swan from an original pottery design by Nicole Murray

Lyrics: Trad arr Jonny.
Melody: Jonny
Jonny: Vocal, guitar, bouzouki and percussion
Vicki: Vocals, nyckelharpa, bass

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Essex Wassail
(based on all the Wassails that we could find)

You gentlemen of England
I’ll have you to draw near
For we have come a wassailing
for your strong ale and beer

Wassail wassail, come listen to our call
wassail wassail, a health to one and all

God bless the master of the house
the misteress also
And all the little children that
around your table go


Likewise your men and maidens
your cattle and your store
And all that dwell within your gates
we wish you ten times more


Put your hand into your pocket and
draw out your keys
Go down unto your cellar
and draw what e’er you please


Draw us a jug of your fine grog
or your ale that is so brown
And we will drink a health to you
and another to the crown


From walking and from talking
we are so very dry
We trust your good nature that
you’ll never us deny


This night you’ll never us deny
of your strong ale and beer for
We’ll come no more a-wassailing
until this time next year.