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Padstow May Day, 2012

On the Eve of Mayday in Padstow, one of the most remarkable of Britain's annual customs begins. For such a raucous, colourful event Mayday in Padstow is ushered in with the moving and relatively quiet, 'Night Song'. This is sung outside the Golden Lion public house and the singers ask for the Landlord and Landlady to appear in an upper floor window, which they do. The crowd then moves off to sing outside selected houses well into the night.

Night song
Unite and unite and let us all unite,
For summer is acome unto day,
And whither we are going we will all unite,
In the merry morning of May.

I warn you young men everyone,
For summer is acome unto day,
To go to the green-wood and fetch your May home,
In the merry morning of May.

Arise up Mr. ..... and joy you betide,
For summer is acome unto day,
And bright is your bride that lies by your side,
In the merry morning of May.

Arise up Mrs. ..... and gold be your ring,
For summer is acome unto day,
And give to us a cup of ale the merrier we shall sing,
In the merry morning of May.

Arise up Miss ..... all in your gown of green,
For summer is acome unto day,
You are as fine a lady as wait upon the Queen,
In the merry morning of May.

Now fare you well, and we bid you all good cheer,
For summer is acome unto day,
We call once more unto your house before another year,
In the merry morning of May.

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