This used to be sung by children in Morriston on New Year's morning. They would go around to neighborhood houses and get money or sweets.


*The 1st 2 lines of the 2nd verse can be found as follows:

The sun and moon are rising
and we are all a rhyming.

I found the following in "Folk-Lore of West and Mid-Wales" (1911) by Jonathan Ceredig Davies:

"The children especially, looked forward to New Year's morning, with the greatest interest, as it was, and still is in some places, customary for them to go about from house to house, asking for 'calenig,' or New Year's gift....

In the English districts of West Wales, such as South Pembrokeshire, such verses as the following were repeated..."

Get up on New Year's morning,
The cocks are all a-crowing;
And if you think you're awake too soon,
Why get up and look at the stars and moon.

"The roads are very dirty,
My shoes are very thin,
I wish you a happy New Year,
And please to let me in."


Judging by comments on The Morristown Forum, this tradition was still practiced in the 1940's. Does anyone remember singing this in return for goodies after the 1940's? Please email us about your experiences with this song.