The World is Turned Upside Down, 1646
Being a period ballad, bewailing Parliament's ban on Christmas
to the tune: When the King Enjoys His Own Again.
  1. Listen to me and you shall hear,
    News hath not been this thousand year:
    Since Herod, Caesar, and many more,
    You never heard the like before.
    Holy-days are despised,
    New fashions are devised,
    Old Christmas is kicked out of Town.

    Chorus:

    Yet let's be content, and the times lament
    You see the world turned upside down.

  2. The wise men did rejoice to see
    Our Savior Christ's Nativity:
    The Angels did good tidings bring,
    The Shepherds did rejoice and sing.
    Let all honest men
    Take example by them.
    Why should we from good Laws be bound?

  3. Command is given, we must obey,
    And quite forget old Christmas day:
    Kill a thousand men, or a town regain,
    We will give thanks and praise amain.
    The wine pot shall clink,
    We will feast and drink.
    And then strange motions will abound.

  4. Our Lords and Knights, and Gentry too,
    Do mean old fashions to forego:
    They set a porter at the gate,
    That none must enter in there at.
    They count it a sin,
    When poor people come in.
    Hospitality itself is drowned.

  5. The serving men do sit and whine,
    And think it long ere dinner time:
    The Butler's still out of the way,
    Or else my Lady keeps the key.
    The poor old cook
    In the larder doth look,
    Where is no goodness to be found.

  6. To conclude, I'll tell you news that's right,
    Christmas was killed at Naseby fight:
    Charity was slain at the same time,
    Jack Tell-truth at that same time,
    Likewise then did die,
    Roast beef and shred pie,
    Pig, Goose and Capon no quarter found.

    Final Chorus:
    Yet let's be content and the times lament,
    You see the world is quite turned round.




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