Hail, Hail The First Of May

2015
05.01

 

Jon knows this one as “A song by Dave Webber that has been, as I understand it, adopted into the Padstow May morning celebrations. In fact there is a story that Dave was down at Padstow for May morning and started singing this, only to be told off for starting a Padstow song when he was a visitor. In a way that’s the biggest complement he could have been given! Happy May morning everyone, particularly everyone who was up early for the choir in Oxford, or dancing in Newcastle / Dungworth.”

Having talked about the May Day celebration usurping St. George this seems an appropriate celebratory song and I too should wish you all well, although I don’t know what the greeting should be and Happy May Day seems a bit naff. Still, it’ll have to do. I love the optimism of this and the sense of young love’s blossoming. It’s a fine tune too and deserves to be taken up and used wherever it can be regardless of who starts singing it. I can say with some certainty that the bluebells were early this year and arrayed in all their splendour along the Greensand Way last weekend. I was out for a ramble myself, the weather was glorious and nature itself seemed brimful of purpose – not just the bluebells, but the blossoms and primroses, the birdsong, the lambs and all. Had I lodged this song in my brain before setting out, I might well have skipped the entire 12.5 (or more!!) miles. Absolutely lovely stuff.

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54 Responses to “Hail, Hail The First Of May”

  1. old Muzza(N.W.Surrey.UK) says:

    Hail Hail……the first of May…..Determined to see the dawn in with the morris men (old habits die hard and I haven’t got too many left!)alarm woke me at 4am but I fell asleep again and woke half hour later. Frantic 10 mile drive and arrived at Wyndhams pond 5>25am, having only missed one dance. The torrential rain through the night had ceased and we were treated to a beautiful dawn…..I do hope I see it again next year…welcome summer.

  2. John Bryson says:

    Welcome Summer here in Leicestershire. Unlike Muzza, I chickened out. To see the Leicester Morris Men means a 1 mile uphill walk with no shelter, standing on the second highest point in the county with no shelter, and a mile walk back to the car – it has been raining all night, and still is.

    Instead I shall be attending, with my Wife Jane, the May Fayre in the nearby village of Quorn. The forecast says clearing late morning, and the Fayre starts at mid-day.

    Anyway, enough of me waffling. Jane and I both feel May is a glorious month, and it’s good to hear songs like this one from the archives

  3. Linda says:

    Bluebells in the garden about to flower (know down south they have already flowered Muzza) nice start to the morning but now very grey and drizzling …….Nice song from Jon,,,

  4. old Muzza(N.W.Surrey.UK) says:

    Good to see John/linda still out there…………..yes…bluebells have been out a couple of weeks…amazing how the Spanish Bluebells(stands upright) have multiplied…the English Bluebell(droopy head and flower hangs underneath) will soon be a rarity

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