Tar Barrel in Dale

A great song for the New Year from a Allendale’s Rachel Unthank and the Winterset on Radio 2’s “Radcliffe and Maconie Show” on Dec 22, 2012. Thanks to the Dundalk Singing Circle for passing this along!

Tar Barrel in Dale

Tar barrel in dale
Fire in snow
Toast the New Year
Bid farewell to the old
The old year out
The New Year in
Please wont you let
The lucky bird in
With bottle in hand
And a piece of black coal
A stranger’s a friend
When first-footing you go

Tar barrel in dale
Fire in snow
Toast the New Year
Bid farewell to the old
At midnight’s approach
The band you can hear
The fiery procession
Of guisers draws near
With friends and good company
With voices so clear
Singing in harmony
Bringing in the New Year

Tar barrel in dale
Fire in snow
Toast the New Year
Bid farewell to the old
Off the heads of the guisers
The blazing barrels are hurled
On to the bonfire
Smoke, sparks and flames swell
And its cheers and rejoicing
The rites of Old Father Time
We’ll link arms together
Sing Aulde Lang Syne

Tar barrel in dale
Fire in snow
Toast the New Year
Bid farewell to the old
Throughout the year
When we sing this song
Old friends and new friends
Sing along
May good fortune be with you
From all sorrows refrain
Till that happy time
When we all meet again

Tar barrel in dale
Fire in snow
Toast the New Year
Bid farewell to the old

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