Caregiver Wassail

by Crosscurrents Music

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For Phillip Nimeskern and all dear friends who are devoting themselves to the care of our elders, and not just during the holiday season.


A-wassail, a-wassail throughout all this town
Our cup it is white and our ale it is brown
But those who have elders, or those who have lost
Try hard to raise spirits in hearts filled with frost

Fol the dal, dal di dal di dal, dal di dal di dal, dal di dal di dee
Fol the deero, fol the daddy, sing too ral di do

A caregiver’s heart may be weary and sad
But they’ve chosen to stay and help others be glad
Their wassail is made of coffee and cake
That they bring to a bedside with smiles and heartache

Now master and mistress let our company forbear
To forget the caregivers who cannot be here
Besides all on earth, we have joy and to spare
Pray let us remember to reach out and share

Now caregivers all, lift your hearts in good cheer
For your hearts they are with us and all you hold dear
May you cherish our elders without more delay
For their time it is precious and they cannot stay

May we all be good caregivers, may we all give
To all those we care for as long as we live
And if yours don’t see another new year
Pray call at our door for a cup of good cheer


released December 26, 2020
(air: Gower Wassail)
© 2017 Lynn Noel Creative Commons. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Commercial use please donate to an eldercare charity.




Crosscurrents Music Boston, Massachusetts

Lynn Noel brings traditional song and heritage arts online to create digital community. Lynn has a voice of striking clarity and power, equally at home in rhythmic chanteys and flowing ballads.

Lynn is a respected song session leader on both sides of the Atlantic and the producer and host of the Mermaid's Tavern online folk club. She has earned awards from the IUCN, NRCA, and CDSS.
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