The Farmers Anthem    Words Traditional Melody Eric Winter

As with every song I sing this is a joy to sing and evokes such atmosphere of the farming life, especially at harvest time. We have sung the Farmers Anthem at our Maypoles to Mistletoe show with not only the Morris Men and Ladies joining in on the chorus but the audience, the ushers and anyone anyone else as well.  Martyn

The Farmers Anthem  words Traditional  Melody Eric Winter

Come all jolly fellows who delight in being mellow

Attend unto me I beseech you

For a pint when it’s quiet come boys let us try it

For it’s drinking will make a man crazy.


I have lawns I have bowers I have fields I have flowers

And the lark is my morning alarmer

So jolly boys now may God speed the plough

Long life and success to the farmer.

Come sit at my table all those who are able

And I’ll hear not one word of complaining

For the tinkling of glasses all music surpasses

And I long to hear bottles a draining.


For here I am King I can love drink and sing

And let no man approach as a stranger

Just show me the ass who refuses a glass

And I’ll treat him to hay in the manger.


Let the wealthy and great lie in splendour and state

I envy them not I declare it

For I eat my own ham my own chicken and lamb

I shear my own sheep and I wear it.