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Nancy McCallion: lyrics & music

All Around My Hat

Nancy McCallion/traditional

This is a traditional songs made popular by Steeleye Span.  My father sang  this song with the chorus using "the tri-colored ribbon," a Sinn Féin version  about a young woman waiting for her man to return from fighting for Ireland's independence from the British.  The chorus and first verse are traditional; the rest of the verses are new and original lyrics.

        
All Around My Hat
traditional/new lyrics by Nancy McCallion

SO  FARE THEE WELL COLD WINTER
AND FARE THEE WELL COLD FROST
NOT MUCH HAVE I GAINED BUT MY OWN TRUE LOVE I’VE LOST
BUT I’LL SING AND I’LL BE MERRY
FOR  A TWELVE MONTH AND A DAY
AND IF HE’S NOT RETURNING THEN
TO ANOTHER  I  MUST STRAY


FIRST  THERE WAS WEE PACKY
IF I RECALL HIS NAME
HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH YOU JOHN YOUR AGES ARE THE SAME
HE HAD HIS BREATH UPON ME
AS WE STOOD IN THE COMMUNION LINE
AND YET ME HEART WAS WITH YOU JOHN
WAS WITH YOU ALL THE TIME

CHORUS
ALL AROUND MY HAT
I WILL WEAR THE TRI COLORED RIBON
AND ALL AROUND MY HAT FOR A TWELVE MONTH AND A DAY
AND IF ANYONE SHOULD ASK ME
 THE REASON WHY I’M WEARING IT
IT’S ALL FOR MY TRUE LOVE
 WHO’S FAR FAR AWAY

AND THEN THERE’S JIM O’CONNOR
AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER TOO
NEITHER SEEMS SO BAD TO ME I THINK THEY BOTH COULD DO
AND  WHO’S THE CHAP ON WEDNESDAY
THAT WAITS AT THE SAME STOP AS ME
HE LOOKS TO BE A LIVELY SORT
PERHAPS ONE DAY I’LL SEE  (CHORUS)

SPRING IT IS APPROCHING
TWELVE MONTHS HAVE COME AND GONE
I’M GAZING AT THE STATION FOR THE TRAIN YOU MIGHT BE ON
YOU’D BEST BE HOME BY MIDNIGHT
FOR DARLING IF YOU’RE NOT
WHEN I CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ONE I WANT
I’LL HAVE THE BLOODY LOT ( CHORUS X 2)

SO  FARE THEE WELL COLD WINTER
AND FARE THEE WELL COLD FROST
NOT MUCH HAVE I GAINED BUT MY OWN TRUE LOVE I’VE LOST
BUT I’LL SING AND I’LL BE MERRY
FOR  A TWELVE MONTH AND A DAY
AND IF HE’S NOT RETURNING THEN
TO ANOTHER  I  MUST STRAY


FIRST  THERE WAS WEE PACKY
IF I RECALL HIS NAM
HE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH YOU JOHN YOUR AGES ARE THE SAME
HE HAD HIS BREATH UPON ME
AS WE STOOD IN THE COMMUNION LINE
AND YET ME HEART WAS WITH YOU JOHN
WAS WITH YOU ALL THE TIME

CHORUS
ALL AROUND MY HAT
I WILL WEAR THE TRI COLORED RIBON
AND ALL AROUND MY HAT FOR A TWELVE MONTH AND A DAY
AND IF ANYONE SHOULD ASK ME
 THE REASON WHY I’M WEARING IT
IT’S ALL FOR MY TRUE LOVE
 WHO’S FAR FAR AWAY

AND THEN THERE’S JIM O’CONNOR
AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER TOO
NEITHER SEEMS SO BAD TO ME I THINK THEY BOTH COULD DO
AND  WHO’S THE CHAP ON WEDNESDAY
THAT WAITS AT THE SAME STOP AS ME
HE LOOKS TO BE A LIVELY SORT
PERHAPS ONE DAY I’LL SEE  (CHORUS)

SPRING IT IS APPROCHING
TWELVE MONTHS HAVE COME AND GONE
I’M GAZING AT THE STATION FOR THE TRAIN YOU MIGHT BE ON
YOU’D BEST BE HOME BY MIDNIGHT
FOR DARLING IF YOU’RE NOT
WHEN I CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ONE I WANT
I’LL HAVE THE BLOODY LOT ( CHORUS X 2)

New Lyrics copyright 1997, from Hat Trick by The Mollys and 2017 Opossum and Praties by Nancy McCallion