|Author||Topic: Add: Christmas is Coming|
|dmcg||Posted - 12 Feb 05 - 10:37 am|
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat!
Please to put a penny in an old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny, God bless you.
(Sung as a round, the second voices starting when the first voices reach the second line)
Source: Singing Together, Autumn 1984, BBC Publications
No source given, but the melody is a version of 'English Country Garden'.
|IanC||Posted - 14 Feb 05 - 09:30 am|
The version my father sang (and he said he got it from his father - born Harston, Cambs 1864, died around 1940, Bourn Cambs):
Christmas is a-coming and the gees are getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, a farthing will do
If you haven't got a farthing, God help you.
He knew that it should be "God bless you" by the way. The "God help you" was family humour.
|IanC||Posted - 14 Feb 05 - 09:32 am|
Sorry ... never sung as a round, and the tune was its own. I can't recognise "Country Gardens" in it anywhere. Suspect that these bits were made up by the "Singing Together" people.
|MMario||Posted - 14 Feb 05 - 02:00 pm|
*grin* at our Dicken's festival during the winter the Salvation army is often about collecting with their red kettles - so we sing:
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the little red pot
If you haven't got a penny
a dollar bill will do
If you haven't got a dollar
Then god Bless You!
|dmcg||Posted - 14 Feb 05 - 07:02 pm|
The version I sang as a child had a different tune and was never sung as a round either ...
|MMario||Posted - 15 Feb 05 - 02:09 pm|
I know it by a different tune as well - but we do sing it as a round.
|Mary in Kentucky||Posted - 16 Apr 05 - 04:22 am|
Ian, I hear it as a dead ringer for Country Gardens. Just make some of the "two notes quickly repeated" "single notes." (change some of the eighth notes into quarter notes)
Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat. (Leave out the underlined words to hear it.)
I also learned it as a different tune.