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Published on Aug 14, 2011
This song is meant to accompany the mummers who go around performing and begging at Easter time. Pace egging, celebrations around the Easter egg, is a tradition in NW England and Yorkshire; this version is from the latter as it is mainly from the singing of the Watersons.. Sung by Alan Rosevear in Exeter, Devon. Roud No. 614.
PACE EGGING SONG Here's one, two, three jolly lads all in one mind We have come a pace egging and we hope you'll prove kind We hope you'll prove kind with your eggs and strong beer For we'll come no more nigh you until the next year
And the first that comes in is Lord Nelson you'll see With a bunch of blue ribbons tied round by his knee And a star on his beast that like silver do shine And I hope he remembers it's pace egging time Chorus
And the next that comes in, it is Lord Collingwood He fought with Lord Nelson till he shed his blood And he's come from the sea old England to view And he's come a pace egging with all of his crew Chorus
The next that comes in is our Jolly Jack Tar He sailed with Lord Nelson all through the last war He's arrived from the sea, old England to view And he's come a pace egging with our jovial crew Chorus
The next that comes in is old miser Brownbags For fear of her money she wears her old rags She's gold and she's silver all laid up in store And she's come a pace egging in hopes to get more Chorus
And the last to come in is old Tosspot, you see He's a valiant old man and in every degree He's a valiant old man and he wears a pigtail And all his delight is a drinking mulled ale Chorus
Come ladies and gentlemen, sit by the fire Put your hands in your pockets and give us our desire Put your hands in your pockets and treat us all right If you give nought, we'll take nought, farewell and goodnight But if you give notes we will take notes, farewell and good night Chorus