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Following the Old Oss

[Tony Deane]

Tony Deane with Elsie's Band sang his May Day celebration song Following the Old Oss, recorded by Jim Ward on portable equipment at Crawley in 1996, on his 2016 posthumous album Last Orders.

Chris Wood sang Following the Old Oss in 1995 on his and Andy Cutting's CD Lusignac.

Tony Rose recorded Following the Old Oss for his 1999 CD Bare Bones.

Cupola sang Following the Old Oss in 2015 on their CD Roam. They commented in their liner notes:

Welcome in the Summer with the glorious Padstow May Song, written to celebrate the strange and amazing happenings of the Cornish seaside village on 1st May each year. It resonates with us as it exemplifies the passion people demonstrate in celebrating their heritage with pride.

Lyrics

Tony Deane with Elsie's Band sing Following the Old Oss

Here's adieu to Winter wailing.
From now on it's plain sailing:
For the summer is a-come unto day
As we welcome the First of May.

Chorus (after each verse):
When we're following the Old Oss through the town
When we're following the Old Oss Padstow round,
All on a bright May morning,
All on the First of May.

And we rise in the morning early
And remember Merv and Charlie,
By the Golden Lion we'll stand to greet
The Old Oss on to the street.

And there'll be no cries nor cribbin',
We'll not wear the Blue Ribbon.
It's the Old Red Oss and a crate of beer
That'll bring us our good cheer.

And we'll sing from morn till night time
For one song it's the right time.
Only in Padstow will you hear
The Day Song loud and clear.

So good men, don't ignore us,
Join in the May Day chorus;
Dance with the Old Oss, it's no sin
To watch the Summer come in.

References

See also the Padstow May Song and the Mudcat Café thread Lyr Req: Following the Old Oss (Tony Deane).