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Thread #5077   Message #30035
Posted By: SlowAlan
04-Jun-98 - 10:22 AM
Thread Name: Folksongs Appropriate for a Wedding
Subject: RE: FOLKSONGS APPROPRIATE FOR A WEDDING
When I used to dance the Morris, at weddings we used to play an old Morris tune called "Getting Upstairs" It had a bastardised chorus : "Some like whiskey, some like tea, some like a little girl just like me(ritual half pint) such a gettin upstairs and playin on the fiddle such a getting upstairs you never did see"

We also played "Haste to the Wedding", and "Marie's Wedding",and sang "Rocking the Cradle" with its chorus of "Oh dear, rue the day ever I married...how I wish I were single again". We also sang "Sorry the day I was married, sorry the day I was wed, oh if I for a moment had tarried when I to the altar was led..."

As you see..marriage is ambivalent for Morrismen - it of course means good fertility, but can also mean the loss of a good dancer and drinking partner if the new wife is shrewish.