God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

by Jon Wilks

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"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" [Roud 394] - I found this broadside version of the well-known carol on the Broadside Ballads website. Printed by D. Wrighton at 86 Snow Hill, Birmingham, sometime between 1812-30, it contains lyrics I don't recognise from my school days. Throwing down Satan wasn't a major part of Yuletide festivities in 1980s Solihull, as far as I recall. Sure, it's a bit cheesy to do a Christmas song, but I feel it's something of a Midlands tradition. If Slade can do it, then I'll have a bash, too. This one's for Noddy. Oi, oi!

Huge thanks to Andi Lee of Kosi Studios, who has helped me to mix and master this track.

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God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save our souls from Satan's thrall
Which long have gone astray
This brings tidings of comfort and joy

From him that is our father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
That there was born in Bethlehem
The son of God by name
This brings tidings of comfort and joy

Fear nothing said God's angel
Let nothing you affright
This night was born our saviour
Of a virgin pure and bright
He's able to advise you
And throw down Satan quite
This brings tidings of comfort and joy

Then these certain shepherds
Rejoiced much in mind
And left their flocks a feeding
In tempest, storm and wind
And straight they went to Bethlehem
The son of God to find
This brings tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our sweet saviour lay
They found him in a manger
Where oxen fed on hay
The blessed lady kneeling down
Unto the lord did pray
This brings tidings of comfort and joy

Let me to you all invite
Who are within this place
To live in love and unity
The gospel to embrace
The merry time of Christmas
Is drawing on a-pace
This brings tidings of comfort and joy

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released November 16, 2020
Arranged, produced and performed by Jon Wilks, November 2020.

Mixed and mastered by Andi Lee, Kosi Studios.

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Jon Wilks Whitchurch, UK

Jon started writing about traditional folk music as a way to learn more about it. He began his blogging journey shortly after discovering that his grandparents met and 'courted' at Cecil Sharp House. When he's not blogging about it, he plays traditional music in a fingerpicking rub-a-dub style-ee. His debut solo album, 'Songs from the Attic' came out in 2017. ... more

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