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Tuesday
Nov212006

Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 
Tis the season to be jolly, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Don we now our gay apparel, 
Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

The music to Deck the Halls is believed to Welsh in origin and was reputed to have come from a tune called "Nos Galan" dating back to the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century Mozart used the tune to Deck the Halls for a violin and piano duet J.P. McCaskey is sometimes credited with the lyrics of Deck the Halls but he only edited the Franklin Square Song Collection in which the lyrics were first published. The first publication date of Deck the Halls is 1881. The author is unknown but the words are said to originate in America.

 

In our Christmas production, we are using these 2 verses from this very familiar carol. However, someone I know has a new version;

 

Deck the halls  HORSE with boughs of holly, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 
Tis the season to be jolly, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Don we now our gay apparel, 

( perhaps the HORSE should don the gay apparel )
Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 
Troll    THROW???    the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

I really don't know, somehow, the idea of a horse decked with boughs of hollies seemed very festive. And if it should wear some 'gay' apparel, it will look positively right for the season.  

 

Reader Comments (2)

mmm, some history lessons eh.
me thinks u r getting bored!
November 21, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjonathan n
Huh? History is not boring. I think history is so exciting!
November 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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