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Carol, Carol Gaily

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Alternative title: 'List our Merry Carol

Place Collected: Bromsberrow Heath
Date collected: 1980
Roud Number: 5365

This anonymous carol was printed in 1916 in Carols Old and Carols New by the Rev Charles Lewis Hutchins, but had already been in circulation as a version was noted in 1908 by Mary Ann Leather. The carol has not become part of our traditional media Christmas fare, but it clearly went into oral tradition in Gloucestershire, and a Somerset version was collected in the 1970s. Many will know it from the 1958 recording by Petula Clark.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 20 April 2015

Media & Downloads

Hear the song/tune as collected (mp3 stream):

See the song/tune as collected (PDF file)
Hear the song/tune (midi file)
Version to sing (PDF file)
Hear a version to sing (midi file)

Modern recording performed by: Puzzlejug

Song/tune as collected (abc file)
Version to sing (abc file)