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Good evening and welcome, ladies and gentlemen...

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A roistering, roaring log fire of revelry.

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Put a glow in your Christmas cheeks.

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Warm your Christmas cockles.

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And roast your Christmas chestnuts.

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# So raise a glass with love and cheer

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# For Christmastime has come this year... #

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SOLOIST PLAYS: "Silent Night"

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SOLO ENDS

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PERCUSSIVE INTRODUCTION TO: "Ding Dong Merrily On High"

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BAND JOINS IN

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# Whiskey is the life of man

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# Whiskey from an old tin can

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# I love whiskey, hot and strong

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# And I'll drink whiskey all night long

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Up aloft this yard must go Come rising up from down below

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# I'll drink it hot I'll drink it cold

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# I'll drink it new I'll drink it old

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# Some like whiskey Some like beer

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# I wish I had a barrel here

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Up aloft this yard must go Come rising up from down below

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# Whiskey killed my sister Sue

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# And whiskey killed my brother, too

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# Whiskey killed my poor old dad

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# And whiskey drove my mother mad

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Up aloft this yard must go Come rising up from down below

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# If whiskey comes too near my nose

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# It's up she comes and down she goes

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# A bottle of grog for every man

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# And a barrelful for the shanty man

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Whiskey-O, Johnny-O Rising up from down below

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# Up aloft this yard must go come rising up from down below. #

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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the BBC Four Christmas Special.

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Thank you so much for braving the blizzard conditions outside

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to be here tonight for our midwinter warm-up of minstrelsy and merriment.

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At the back of the stage, a group who have braved it down from the frozen North to be with us tonight.

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From the Arctic wastes of Tyneside, the Unthanks.

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# In the bleak midwinter

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# Frosty wind made moan

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# Earth stood hard as iron

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# Water like a stone

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# Snow had fallen, snow on snow

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# Snow on snow

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# In the bleak midwinter

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# Long ago

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# In the bleak midwinter

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# A stable-place sufficed

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# The Lord God Almighty

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# Jesus Christ

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# Angels and archangels

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# May have gathered there

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# Cherubim and seraphim

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# Thronged the air

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# But His mother only

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# In her maiden bliss

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# Worshipped the beloved

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# With a kiss

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# Oh, what can I give Him

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# Poor as I am?

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# If I were a shepherd

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# I would bring a lamb

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# If I were a Wise Man

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# I would do my part

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# Yet what I can I give Him?

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# Give my heart. #

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APPLAUSE

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The fabulous Unthanks.

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CHEERING

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And more of them later, we hope.

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Now,

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would you like to stand up and show everyone what you're wearing, or not wearing?

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Have a look at this, everyone.

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WOLF-WHISTLES

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You can sit down now. I don't know - can you sit down?

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Next, a young lady who was described

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as one of the best singer-songwriters of the last ten years -

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by her mum.

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The great, gorgeous, galactic Thea Gilmore.

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# Rain falling, not a chance of snow

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# Jonah Louie on the radio

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# French beer and mistletoe

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# That'll be Christmas

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# Cars queuing on the edge of town

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# Afternoons with the blinds pulled down

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# It's just the way the beer goes round

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# That'll be Christmas

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# Was going to head for high ground

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# Just forget it all

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# But the line's busy And I can't make that call

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# Oh, no, no, oh

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# So I'll join the others in the bar by ten

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# Peace and goodwill to men

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# Me missing you again

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# That'll be Christmas

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# A tired waiter in a stupid hat

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# Muddy boots on the welcome mat

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# You just can't say no to that

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# Hot wine and a Christmas tree

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# The Sound Of Music and the family

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# Faith, hope and gluttony

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# That'll be Christmas

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# There's a choir of angels

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# A choir of soaks

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# And there's drunk relations telling dirty jokes

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# Oh, no, no, oh

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# So I'll join the others in the bar by ten

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# Peace and goodwill to men

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# Me missing you again

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# That'll be Christmas

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# It's going to be me missing you again

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# That'll be Christmas

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# That'll be Christmas

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# That'll be Christmas. #

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CHEERING

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And next, from the four corners of England,

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the mighty maelstrom, the brazen, brash, boisterous behemoth

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that is Bellowhead.

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# The mistletoe hung in the old castle hall

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# The holly branch shone on the old oak wall

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# The Baron's retainers were blithe and gay

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# Keeping the Christmas holiday

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# The Baron beheld with a father's pride

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# His beautiful child, young Lovell's bride

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# And she, with her bright eyes seemed to be

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# The star of that goodly company

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# "I'm weary of dancing, now," she cried

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# "Here, tarry a moment, I'll hide, I'll hide

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# "And, Lovell, be sure you're the first to trace

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# "The clue to my secret hiding place"

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# Away she ran and her friends began

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# Each tower to search, each nook to scan

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# And Lovell he cried, "Where dost thou hide

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# "I'm lonely without you, my own dear bride"

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# They searched that night, they searched the next day

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# They searched all around till a week went away

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# In the highest, the lowest, the lonesomest spot

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# Young Lovell sought wildly, but found her not

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# And as years went by their grief at last

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# Was told as a sorrowful tale long past

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# When Lovell appeared, all the children cried

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# "See the old man weep for his fairy bride"

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# At length, an old chest that had long lain hid

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# Was found in the attic

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# They raised the lid

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# A skeleton form lay mouldering there

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# In the bridal wreath of a lady so fair

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# Oh, sad was her fate in sport and jest

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# She hid from her love in an old oak chest

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# It closed with a spring and the bridal bloom

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# Lay with her in there in a living tomb

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough

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# Oh, the mistletoe bough. #

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CHEERING

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At this point in the evening

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there was a plan for myself and Mr John Spiers down here to sing you a song.

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Now, unfortunately,

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John was attacked by a peacock on the way here, as you can see.

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It has resulted in him losing his voice. I think he swallowed some feathers.

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Fortunately, to step into the breach, we have Mr Sam Lee over here

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who is going to come and give us a song.

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CHEERING

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This is called On Christmas Day It Happened So.

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# On Christmas Day it happened so

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# Down in those meadows for to plough

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# As we were ploughing on so fast

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# Up come sweet Jesus himself at last

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# "Oh, man, oh, man, why must you plough

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# "So hard upon the Lord's birthday?"

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# The farmer he answered him with great speed

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# "For to plough this day we have great need"

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# His arms did quaver to and fro

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# His arms did quaver, he could not plough

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# The ground it did open and let him in

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# Before that he could repent of sin

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# His wife and children, they are out of place

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# His beasts and cattle, they died away

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# His beasts and cattle, they died away

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# For the breaking of our Lord's birthday. #

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CHEERING

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And now a local lass made good.

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All the way from London, the linnet-like larynx of the lovely Lisa Knapp.

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# Lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye bye, lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye bye, lully, lullay

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# Oh, sisters too

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# How may we do

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# For to preserve this day?

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# This poor youngling

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# For whom we do sing

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# Bye bye, lully, lullay

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# Herod the king, in his raging

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# Charged he hath this day

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# His men of might

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# Within his own sight

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# All young children to slay

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# That woe is me

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# For my baby

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# And I do mourn and sigh

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# For thy parting

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# Neither say nor sing

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# Bye bye, lully, lullay

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# Lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye bye, lully, lullay

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# Thou little tiny child

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# Bye bye, lully, lullay. #

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Thank you very much. Thank you very much to the Unthank Sisters.

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And the wonderful Jim Moray.

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# Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel

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# And ransom captive Israel

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# Who mourns in lonely exile here

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# Until the Son of God appear

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# Rejoice

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# Rejoice

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# Emmanuel will come to thee, Oh, Israel

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# Oh, come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer

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# Our spirits by Your advent here

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# Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

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# And death's dark shadows put to flight

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# Rejoice

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# Rejoice

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# Emmanuel will come to thee, Oh, Israel

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# Oh, come, you Son of David, come

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# And lead us to our heav'nly home

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# Make safe the path that leads on high

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# And bar the way to misery

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# Rejoice

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# Rejoice

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# Emmanuel will come to thee, Oh, Israel

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# Oh, come, oh, come, you God of might

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# Who to your tribes on ancient Sinai's heights

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# In olden times did give the law

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# In cloud and majesty and awe

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# Rejoice

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# Rejoice

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# Emmanuel will come to thee, Oh, Israel

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# Rejoice

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# Rejoice

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# Emmanuel will come to thee, Oh, Israel. #

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APPLAUSE

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We've got an enormous feast in store now. I've got to say,

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personally speaking, that this is one of my favourite duos of all time.

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They're stunningly good-looking,

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virile, attractive to all of the different sectors,

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amazing musicians -

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they are Belshazzar's Feast!

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Hello.

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I tell you what, I don't think much of that compere. What do you think?

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I think he's rather good-looking.

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Sorry. Um, we're going to do a West Country carol.

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It comes from Cornwall.

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APPLAUSE

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I think that is a first, actually. I've never been applauded for saying, "Cornwall."

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Cornwall.

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We'll follow that with a tune from Oswestry.

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MUTED CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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It was written in 1714,

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which I can tell you is quite a difficult time signature.

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LAUGHTER

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So, um, fingers crossed.

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Although, I've found that's not the best method for playing accordion.

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Anyway, so Softly, Good Thomas, written in 1714.

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Of course, in 1714, when Ss were written as Fs,

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this would have been pronounced Foftly, Good Thomaf. LAUGHTER

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Thank goodness Paul Sartin wasn't around then.

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MILD LAUGHTER

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OK.

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You know the chorus to the first one, so please join in.

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# Now the holly bears a berry

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# As white as the milk

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# And Mary bore Jesus, who was wrapped up in silk

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# And Mary bore Jesus, our Saviour for to be

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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# Now the holly bears a berry as green as the grass

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# And Mary bore Jesus, who died on the cross

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# And Mary bore Jesus, our Saviour for to be

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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# Now the holly bears a berry as black as the coal

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# And Mary bore Jesus, who died for us all

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# And Mary bore Jesus, our Saviour for to be

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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# Now the holly bears a berry, as blood it is red

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# Then trust we our Saviour, who died for our good

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# And Mary bore Jesus, our Saviour for to be

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly

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-ALL:

-# Holly, holly

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# And the first tree in the green wood, it was the holly. #

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AUDIENCE WHOOPS AND CLAPS ALONG

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PLAYS SECTION OF: "The Good The Bad and The Ugly"

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ACCORDIONIST PLAYS "CIRCUS" THEME

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THEY PLAY: "The Teddy Bears' Picnic"

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Oi! Beautiful.

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Thank you very much.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The wonderful, the one and only, the bizarrely brilliant,

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Belshazzar's Feast!

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APPLAUSE

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Well, one half of them's good, anyway.

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Now, I'm going to come and talk to these raffish characters over here.

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You look as thick as thieves, actually.

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Are you all actually criminals?

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-Yes.

-What have you been sent down for?

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Oh...horrible, nasty doings.

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You really do like quite thuggish. What are you going to do tonight after the show?

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-Are you going to go on the rampage in London?

-We probably will, yes.

-Doing what?

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We might have a little Thai curry, or something.

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-LAUGHTER

-You can tell you're in North London, can't you?

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Bleeding heart liberals.

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Don't get up to too much mischief!

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So, um, now, will you welcome onto the stage,

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the unbelievable, the unsurpassable

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Unthanks!

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Are you all right?

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-AUDIENCE:

-Yes!

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Well, we're going to sing you a song all the way from Northumberland,

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and this is about a New Year's Eve tradition

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where, in Allendale, a place up on the hills,

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the men of the village, they get dressed up in lots of different kinds of fancy dress

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and they put a barrel on their head and in that is tar and paraffin and other highly flammable things

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and they set them on fire and they go off on a parade around the village.

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Then, just before midnight, they come back and throw it on the bonfire

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and it's a really spectacular, beautiful thing.

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One year, when we were there, it snowed as well.

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So my dad, George, was inspired to write this song.

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# Tar barrel in dale

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# Fire in snow

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# Toast the new year

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# Bid farewell to the old

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# The old year out, the new year in

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# Please won't you let the lucky bird in

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# With bottle in hand and a piece of black coal

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# A stranger's a friend when first-footing you go

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# Tar barrel in dale

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# Fire in snow

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# Toast the new year

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# Bid farewell to the old

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# At midnight's approach, the band you can hear

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# The fiery procession of guisers draws near

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# With friends and good company, with voices so clear,

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# Singing in harmony, bringing in the new year

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# Tar barrel in dale

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# Fire in snow

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# Toast the new year

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# Bid farewell to the old

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# Off the heads of the guisers, the blazing barrels are hurled

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# On to the bonfire, smoke, sparks and flames swell

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# Amidst cheers and rejoicing, the rites of Old Father Time,

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# We'll link arms together, sing Auld Lang Syne

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# Tar barrel in dale

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# Fire in snow

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# Toast the new year

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# Bid farewell to the old

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# Throughout the year when we sing this song

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# With old friends and new friends sing along

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# May good fortune be with you, from all sorrows refrain

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# Till that happy time when we all meet again

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# Tar barrel in dale

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# Fire in snow

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# Toast the new year

0:42:580:43:02

# Bid farewell to the old

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# Tar barrel in dale

0:43:080:43:14

# Fire in snow

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# Toast the new year

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# Bid farewell to the old. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# Oh, my name is Betsy Bell, in the Gallowgate I dwell.

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# No doubt you'll wonder what I'm doing here

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# But if you wait a while,

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# Sure, my tale I'll tell to thee

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# It's a tale no doubt you'll think is very queer

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# For I'm looking for a lad, he may be good or bad

0:44:110:44:16

# I'm going to take the best one that I see

0:44:160:44:19

# He may be young or old, curly-headed, fringed or bald

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# Yes, anything that wears the breeks for me

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# For of lads I've had my share, sure, I've had a score or more,

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# But how they threw me off I didn't know

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# For I'm neither prude nor shy, that the lads should pass me by

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# Oh, I wonder what's to do with all the men

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# Now, as I went out last night, sure I met old Sandy Wright

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# And he hauled me in as I was passing by

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# He asked me if I'd wed and this is what I said

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# If you are quite agreeable, so am I

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# Oh, I lost so much of a chance, sure, he'd try and make me dance

0:44:570:45:01

# The marriage was to be right there and then

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# But when I got my marriage frock, he said it was all a joke

0:45:050:45:09

# Oh, I wonder what's to do with all the men

0:45:090:45:12

# Of lads, I've had my share, sure, I've had a score or more

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# But how they threw me off, I didn't know

0:45:170:45:20

# For I'm neither prude nor shy that the lads should pass me by

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# Oh, I wonder what's to do with all the men

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# But if there's any laddie here

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# Who would like a little dear

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# Oh, a doer or a bachelor though he be

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# If of marriage he is bent

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# Then I'd give him my consent

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# It's not every day you get a chance like me

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# For I can weave and I can work, I can sew and mend a sock

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# I'm as thrifty as any lass I know

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# For on the nail I'll hang, but if I get leave to sing

0:47:100:47:22

# Oh, I'll wonder what's to do with all the men

0:47:220:47:26

# Oh, of lads I've had my share, sure, I've had a score or more

0:47:260:47:30

# But how they threw me off, I didn't know

0:47:300:47:33

# For I'm neither prude nor shy that the lads should pass me by

0:47:330:47:38

# Oh, I wonder what's to do with all the men

0:47:380:47:41

# Oh, of lads I've had my share, sure, I've had a score or more

0:47:410:47:45

# But how they threw me off I didn't know

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# For I'm neither prude nor shy that the lads should pass me by

0:47:490:47:53

# Oh, I wonder what's to do with all the men. #

0:47:530:47:58

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE AND WHISTLES

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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APPLAUSE AND WHISTLES

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Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.

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Sadly, we're nearing the end of the evening.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Aaaaah!

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But having had a few collaborations already this evening,

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we thought we'd give it a go with the whole band on stage.

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CHEERING

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The Unthanks.

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CHEERING

0:53:050:53:06

Thea Gilmore.

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CHEERING

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Lisa Knapp.

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CHEERING

0:53:120:53:13

Belshazzar's Feast.

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CHEERING

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Jim Moray.

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CHEERING

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And Bellowhead.

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CHEERING

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And of course, yourselves,

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the goodly citizens of Shoreditch. Thank you all very much indeed.

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CHEERING

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BAND PLAYS: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

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# Dashing through the snow

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# On a one horse open sleigh

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# Over fields we go

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# Laughing all the way

0:54:030:54:07

# Bells on bobtails ring

0:54:070:54:12

# Making spirits bright

0:54:120:54:16

# What fun it is to laugh and sing

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# A sleighing song tonight

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-ALL:

-# Oh!

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# Jingle bells jingle bells

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# Jingle all the way

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# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:54:290:54:33

# Oh, jingle bells jingle bells

0:54:330:54:36

# Jingle all the way

0:54:360:54:37

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:54:370:54:42

# A little while ago

0:54:440:54:48

# I thought I'd take a ride

0:54:480:54:51

# And soon Miss Fanny Bright

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# Was standing by my side

0:54:550:55:00

# The horse was lean and lank

0:55:000:55:04

# Misfortune seemed his lot

0:55:040:55:08

# We got into a drifted bank

0:55:080:55:13

# And then we got upsot

0:55:130:55:16

# Oh!

0:55:160:55:18

# Jingle bells jingle bells

0:55:180:55:21

# Jingle all the way

0:55:210:55:22

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:55:220:55:26

# Oh, jingle bells jingle bells

0:55:260:55:28

# Jingle all the way

0:55:280:55:30

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:55:300:55:35

# A day or two ago

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# A story I must tell

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# I went out in the snow

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# And on my back I fell

0:55:530:55:57

# A gent went riding by

0:55:570:56:03

# In a one horse open sleigh

0:56:030:56:07

# He laughed as there I sprawling lay

0:56:070:56:11

# And quickly rode away

0:56:110:56:15

# Oh!

0:56:150:56:17

# Jingle bells jingle bells

0:56:170:56:20

# Jingle all the way

0:56:200:56:21

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:56:210:56:25

# Oh, jingle bells jingle bells

0:56:250:56:27

# Jingle all the way

0:56:270:56:29

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:56:290:56:33

# So now the ground is white

0:56:340:56:38

# Go at it while you're young

0:56:380:56:42

# And take the girls tonight

0:56:420:56:47

# And sing this sleighing song

0:56:470:56:50

# Just get a bobtailed bay

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# Two forty as his speed

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# And hitch him to an open sleigh

0:56:590:57:03

# And crack! He'll take the lead

0:57:030:57:06

# Oh!

0:57:060:57:08

# Jingle bells jingle bells

0:57:080:57:10

# Jingle all the way

0:57:100:57:12

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:57:120:57:15

# Oh, jingle bells jingle bells

0:57:150:57:18

# Jingle all the way

0:57:180:57:20

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:57:200:57:24

# Oh! Jingle bells jingle bells

0:57:400:57:42

# Jingle all the way

0:57:420:57:44

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:57:440:57:48

# Oh, jingle bells jingle bells

0:57:480:57:50

# Jingle all the way

0:57:500:57:52

# Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

0:57:520:57:55

# So we wish you a Merry Christmas

0:57:570:58:00

# We wish you a Merry Christmas

0:58:000:58:04

# We wish you a Merry Christmas

0:58:040:58:07

# And a happy New Year. #

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WHISTLING AND CHEERING

0:58:160:58:21

APPLAUSE AND WHISTLING

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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BBC Four celebrates merry midwinter in unique style, with an exhilarating blend of folk tradition and burlesque fun. Energetic 11-piece Bellowhead and Mercury-nominated alternative folkies The Unthanks get together with the impressive young singers Thea Gilmore and Lisa Knapp, plus other special guests.

Steered by genial host Paul Sartin, the assembled artists perform seasonal songs of their own alongside yuletide favourites, ranging from folk ballads and carols to parlour songs and carousing dance numbers, with everyone coming together for a final knees-up.

Filmed at the atmospheric Shoreditch Town Hall, the setting evokes an old music hall combined with a festive Victorian family parlour, bedecked with garlands, period lamps and fireplace. Even the audience are dressed up in old-fashioned finery and prove themselves ready to kick up their heels.


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