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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

[ Roud 230 , 9681 ; Ballad Index FSWB376C ; trad.]

The Wisbech Children's Choir sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas in 1957 in a live Christmas Day broadcast on BBC Radio. This was published in 2000 on the Alan Lomax Collection CD Sing Christmas and the Turn of the Year.

The South Yorkshire village carols tradition has quite a different version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Carollers at the Royal Hotel in Dungworth sang it on December 2, 1973 on the Leader LP A People's Carol: A Christmas singing tradition recorded in South Yorkshire pubs. The album's booklet commented:

This carol is found in other parts of the country and is quite distinct from the «figgy pudding” or the “pocketful of money” versions. It has always been a great favourite locally for it occurs in many of the older manuscript books and is frequently mentioned in the newspaper accounts. The tradition of repeating the last phrase as with the tail-tag in Good News is widespread and can also be heard in Awake, Arise Good Christians and Foster.

Jon Boden, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, Gavin Davenport, Fay Hield and Sam Sweeney sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas at the Royal Hotel in Dungworth as the December 18, 2010 entry of Jon's project A Folk Song a Day.

Bella Hardy sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas in 2012 on her CD Bright Morning Star.

Lyrics

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas;
We wish you a merry Christmas;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.

We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some, so bring some right here.

We wish you a merry Christmas;
We wish you a merry Christmas;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas sung at the Royal Hotel

We singers make bold, as in days of old,
To celebrate Christmas and bring you good cheer.
Glad tidings I bring of Messiah, our King,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

The shepherds amazed, as upwards they gazed,
Behold! Holy angels to them drawing near,
Singing “Goodwill to men!“ as onwards they came,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Lets join heart and hand to keep God's command,
By loving to serve Him throughout the New Year.
In an innocent way we'll be happy today,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas,
So we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Acknowledgements

The first set of lyrics is from Village Carols.