Padstow May Song

Padstow Morning Song, traditionally sung on May Day

This song is sung every May Day in Padstow, Cornwall while the great black hobby horse dances ‘round the town. Verse 4 is sung a slow tempo and the horse pretends to die, with the next verse, he springs to life again, as nature does at this time of year. Please join in on each of the chorus lines as described in bold type below in the first verse.

[1] Unite and Unite, and let us all unite, For summer is a-come unto day,  And whither we are going, we all will unite In the merry morning of May.

[2] The young men of Padstow, they might if they would,For summer is a-come unto day,They might have built a ship and gilded it with goldIn the merry morning of May.

[3] The young maids of Padstow, they might if they would,For summer is a-come unto day,They might have made a garland of the white rose & the red. In the merry morning of May.

[4] O where is St. George? O where is he-o ?
He’s out in his longboat All on the salt sea-o
Up flies the kite Down falls the lark-o
And Ursula Birdhood She had an old ewe
And she died in her own park-o.

[5] With a merry ring And now the joyful spring,For summer is a-come unto day,
So happy are those little birds who merrily do sing, In the merry morning of May.

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Padstow, Cornwall, England  |   Shepherdstown

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