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Harvest Song: We Gets Up in the Morn

[ Roud 2471 ; Ballad Index WT055A ; trad.]

The Watersons sang the harvest song We Gets Up in the Morn on their 1965 album Frost and Fire; this was reissued on CD in 1990. It was also included on the Topic CD sampler The Season Round.

A.L. Lloyd commented in the original album's sleeve notes:

Before the time of the tractor and the mechanical reaper-thresher, harvest was embellished with many customs, with plaited images called Corn-babies in the fields, and ceremonies attached to the last sheaf cut, and finally the Harvest Home supper that was once a great banquet attended by all hands as a symbol of the solidarity of working countryfolk. We Gets Up in the Morn was a favourite Harvest Home song in the eastern counties, where it was customary to waken the reapers ceremonially by blowing the "harvest horn". The tune is a variant of one of the most-used melodies for Maytime and Christmas carols and other ceremonial songs.

Lyrics

The Watersons sing We Gets Up in the Morn

We gets up in the morn and we sound the harvest horn
Our master is honest for to mind
First thing we take in hand is the stopper from the can
So each man can drink until the bottom he find
Then each man do take his part and work with hand and heart
While the glorious sun do shine, do shine
While the glorious sun do shine

Our master brings the can he's a jolly-hearted man
Come here lads and take a drop of the best
And don't you stand and prattle when you hear the wagons rattle
For the sun he is a-drawing to the west, to the west
For the sun he is a-drawing to the west

Our master's daughter dear brews us plenty of strong beer
Which is enough to cheer up any soul
Each man shall drink and say heaven bless this happy day
When we crown the harvest with a flowing bowl, flowing bowl
When we crown the harvest with a flowing bowl

Acknowledgements

Transcribed from the singing of the Watersons by Garry Gillard