A Political Christmas Carol

I published the words to ‘A Political Christmas Carol’ on my blog a few days ago. I’ve decided to reblog Ruth’s piece on them, as she provides a piece of further context about the use of political songs in this period – really, not so different from our own, rather more literate age – but also gives another radical poem. This is the 1793 ‘alternative anthem’, God Help The Poor, written by Daniel Bamford, a radical Methodist. Spoof versions of the National Anthem attacking the oppression of the state and upper classes certainly did not start in 1977 with the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’. I do, however, think you could probably do a very good punk version of this one, and include it alongside the Pistols’ piece as an example of the long continuity of attitude, of which Punk was the latest, 20th century incarnation. And they had gangs going around with Mohicans in the 17th century as well.

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Set to Music, to be chaunted or sung throughout the United Kingdom and the Dominions beyond the Seas, by all Persons thereunto especially moved

God rest you, merry Gentlemen,

Let nothing you dismay,

Remember we were left alive,

Upon last Christmas day,

With both our lips at liberty

To praise Lord C———h

With his ‘practical’ comfort and joy!

 

He ‘turn’d his back upon himself’

And straight to ‘Lunnun’ came,

To two two-sided Lawyers

With tidings of the same,

That our own land must ‘prostrate stand’

Unless we praise his name –

For his ‘practical’ comfort and joy!

 

‘Go fear not’ said his L——p

‘Let nothing you affright

‘Go draw your quills, and draw five Bills,

‘Put out yon blaze of light;

‘I’m able to advance you,

‘Go stamp it out then quite –

‘And give me some “features” of joy!’

 

The Lawyers at those tidings

Rejoiced much…

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