Wassail, Wassail All Over the Town

Wassail, Wassail All Over the Town is a rousing, fun song for the Yuletide.  Check out this easy piano arrangement.




Here is the Gloucestershire version of the Wassail song.  Scroll down the page for the free download link.


This is the kind of music that you hear in old-fashioned Christmas movies such as "A Christmas Carol."  

Not only are the lyrics fun to sing, but this piano arrangement has bounce!  Altogether it makes for an irresistible Christmas carol.

Lots of kids in our youngest generation have no idea what "wassail" means.  I will tell you!

Wassail is both a verb and a noun.

"Wassailing" is going from house to house, and perhaps store to store, and stopping (usually outside the door or windows) and singing Christmas carols with friends, to friends (or even strangers).

If the store owner or householder is pleased with your merry-making, then they may bring to you some "wassail" beverage for you to imbibe!

This custom originated in England, I believe; if you know differently, please do tell!  It is Christmas carolling, but with the addition of the "wassail bowl."

I had a question from a fellow musician named Steve:

"Hi, is it wa-SAIL or WA-s'l?"

The answer:  It is BOTH!  But in this song, the strong "3-ONE" feeling dictates that you sing "wa-SAIL".  In a different song, "HERE we come a-WAS-sail-ing" it is the opposite emphasis. 

For confident late elementary/ early intermediate piano players, this left hand part should fit nicely into the hand.  Mostly open chord inversions plus a few moving root chords, it is very fun to play!

Wassail, Wassail All Over the Town Christmas Carol

Gloucestershire Wassail song

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This song is also known as the "Gloucestershire Wassail."




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