I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Your pockets full of money and your barrels full of cider.
So and I wish you all a happy New Year, New Year, New year,
So and I wish you all a happy New year.
The old year is past and the New Year is come
And all the jolly soldiers are beating on the drum.
Here's a health to you in water, I wish it was in wine
And all the money you have got I'm sure it's none of mine.
Here's a health to our master and missus likewise
And all the pretty family around the fireside.
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Source: Still growing-English Traditional songs from the Cecil Sharp collection
This song was collected with others in 1904-1909 by Cecil Sharp from Frederick Crossman from Huish Episcopi, Somerset. Crossman was a market gardener, he had an 'inexhaustible repertoire of folk-songs gathered in his childhood from the withy-strippers in Wagg Drove. He spent his money at Bridgwater Fair buying ballad sheets sold by the ballad singers who had been driven away by the noise of the new roundabouts.'
Roud: 1066 (Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six