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The chastity belt


Oh say gentle maiden may I be your lover
Condemn me no longer to mourn and to weep
Struck down like a hart I lie wounded and fainting
Oh let down your drawbridge I'll enter your keep
         
CHORUS:
          Enter your keep, nonny, nonny
          Enter your keep, nonny, nonny
          Let down your drawbridge
          I'll enter your keep
         
Alas gentle errant, I am not a maiden
I'm married to Sir Oswald, the cunning old celt
He's gone to the war for a twelve month or longer
And taken the key to my chastity belt
 
         CHORUS
Fear not gentle maiden, for I know a locksmith
To his forge we will go, on his door we will knock
And try to avail us of his specialist knowledge
And see if he's able to unpick your lock
          CHORUS
Alas sir and madam to help I'm unable
My technical knowledge is of no avail
I can't find the secret of your combinations
The cunning old bastard has fitted a yale
          CHORUS
I'm back from the war with sad news of disaster
A terrible mishap I have to confide
As my ship ws passing the straits of Gibraltar
I carelessly dropped the key over the side
          CHORUS
Alas and alack I am locked up forever
Then up steps a page boy says leave this to me
If you will allow me to enter my chamber
I'll open it up with my duplicate key
          CHORUS
 
 

Come landlord fill

CHORUS:
Come Landlord fill the flowing bowl until it doth runover
Come Landlord fill the flowing bowl until it doth runover
For tonight we'll merry, merry, be (X3)
Tomorrow we'll be sober
Here's to the man who drinks small ale and goes to bed quite sober
Here's to the man who drinks small ale and goes to bed quite sober
Fades as the leaves do fade (X3)
That fall off in October
            CHORUS
Here's to the man who drinks strong ale and goes to bed quite mellow
Here's to the man who drinks strong ale and goes to bed quite mellow
Lives as he ought to live (X3)
And dies a jolly good fellow
            CHORUS
Here's to the girl who steals a kiss and runs to tell her mother
Here's to the girl who steals a kiss and runs to tell her mother
She's a very foolish thing (X3)
She'll never get another

            CHORUS

Here's to the girl who steals a kiss and runs back for another
Here's to the girl who steals a kiss and runs back for another
She's a boon to all mankind (X3)
But soon she'll be a mother
            CHORUS
If I had a pile of bricks I'd build my chimney higher
If I had a pile of bricks I'd build my chimney higher
That would stop the neighbours cat (X3)
From pissing in my fire

            CHORUS

Come walk along this leafy lane and don't be so particular
Come walk along this leafy lane and don't be so particular
If the grass is very wet (X3)
We'll do it perpendicular
 

The Cuckoo's Nest

As I was a walking one morning in May
I met a pretty maid and unto her did say
"For love I am inclined and I'll tell you of my mind
That my inclination lies in your cuckoo's nest"
"My darling" says she "I am innocent and young
and I can scarcely believe your false deluding tongue
But I see in your eyes and it fills me with surprise
That your inclination lies in my cuckoo's nest"

            CHORUS
            Some like a girl who is pretty in the face
            And some like a girl who is slender in the waist
            But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist
            At the bottom of her belly lies the cuckoo's nest
"My darling" says I " If you see it in my eyes
Then think of it as fondness and do not be surprised
For I love you dear and I'll marry you I swear
If you'll let me clap my hands on your cuckoo's nest"
"My darling" says she "I shall do no such thing
For my mother often told me it was committing sin
For my maidenhead to lose and my sex to be abused
So have no more to do with my cuckoo's nest"
            CHORUS
"My darling" says I "It is not committing sin
And common-sense should tell you it is a pleasing thing
For you were brought into this world to increase and do your best
And to help a man to heaven in you cuckoo's nest"
"My darling" says she "I cannot you deny
For you've surely won my heart with the roving of your eye
But I see it in your eyes that you courage is surprised
So gently lift your hand in my cuckoo's nest"
            CHORUS
So this couple they got married and soon they went to bed
And there this pretty fair maid has lost her maidenhead
In a small country cottage they increase and do their best
And he often claps his hand on her cuckoo's nest
            CHORUS
 

Flodden Field

From Spey to the border was peace and good order
The sway of our Monarch was mild as the May
Peace he adored which the English abhorred
Our Marches they plunder our wardens they slay
Gainst Louis our ally, their Henry did sally
Though James but in vain did his heralds advance
Renouncing alliance and announcing defiance
To southerlandly plunder if abiding in France
Englands invasion it was our persuasion
To make restitution for their cruelties
But Oh, fatal Flodden there came a woedown
And our royal nation was brought to decay
The flowers of the nation were broughty to their station
With valiant inclination their valour to display
At Barriemuir resorting their right for supporting
And fair and divalsing emcamped did lay
The English advanced to where they were stanced
Half entrenched by nature the field it so lay
To fight the English spearing and shame their retiring
But alas unperceived was their subtlety
Our highland battalion so forward and valiant
They broke, broke their ranks and they rushed on to slay
With hacking and slashing and broadswords a dashing
Through the front of the English they cut a bold swathe
But alas to their ruin, an ambush pursuing
And they were surrounded by numbers so high
The Merse men and fullest they suffered the sorest
Upon the left wing were enclosed the same way
Our men into parties the battle into quarters
Upon our mainbody their marksmen did play
The spearmen were surrounded and all was confounded
The fatal devastation of that woeful day
Our nobles were ensnared, our king he was not spared
For love and fight he shared it for he would not run away
The whole was intercepted that very few escaped
The fatal conflagration of that woeful day
 

Gaudette

 
Published in Piae Cantiones in 1582 but known to be much older

          CHORUS:
          Gaudette, gaudette, christus est natus
          Ex maris virginae, gaudette
          (Repeat)
         
Tempus adest gratiae hoc quod  optabamus
Carmina laetitiae devote redamus
   
          CHORUS
Deus homo factus est natura mirante
Mundus renovatus est a christo regnante
          CHORUS
Ezechielis porta clausa per transitur
Unde lux est orta salus invenitor

          CHORUS
Ergo nostra concio psalatiam in lustro
Benedicat domino salus Regi nostro
          CHORUS
 

Jerusalem

Not Authenitic but very popular!
And did those feet in ancient times
Walk upon Englands mountains green
And was the holy lamb of god
On Englands pleasant pastures seen
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon the crowded hills
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold !
Bring me my arrows of desire !
Bring me my spear, O' clouds unfold !
Bring me my chariots of fire !
I will not cease from mortal strife
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In Englands green and pleasant land