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.