Greatest Christmas hits of the last 2000 years: No. 17

Gaudete – Steeleye Span

NOTHING like a good old fashioned bit of hippy folk music to get the Christmas spirit going, is there?



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4 responses to “Greatest Christmas hits of the last 2000 years: No. 17

  1. Wrinkled Weasel

    Very nice, but our schoolchildren won’t have a clue what it is about. Not only do they not learn Latin any more, most of the Christian lyrics will have disappeared from the dictionary if Vineeta Gupta, the head of children’s dictionaries at Oxford University Press, has her way.

    Apparently, we live in a multicultural society where words like “Abbey, aisle, altar, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery, monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, saint, sin, devil, vicar” are no longer relevant to young children. These have been taken out of the Children’s Oxford, because, says, Ms Gupta, “People don’t go to Church as often as before. Our understanding of religion is within multiculturalism, which is why some words such as “Pentecost” or “Whitsun” would have been in 20 years ago but not now.”

    And there you were, not so long ago, saying “1984” was a good yarn.

  2. Chris' Wills

    An Oldie and still an excellent song

  3. Jay

    I’d have thought that this would still be really popular, but I never hear it played (and still can’t because my PC speakers blew up). Perhaps I don’t listen to the proper radio station.

    BBC4 recently had a ‘Steeleye Span night’ and featured a recent concert given by Maddy Prior and one by Steeleye Span in its heyday. The latter sang two songs that I remembered, one about elves coming out of a wood and the other about little Sir Hugh meeting a gruesome end. The thought crossed my mind that, sadly, neither would appeal if released today.

  4. So good I played it twice, but then I like Steeleye Span and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

    The English lyrics can be read on Wikipedia.

    Wrinkled Weasel – I thought you were just having a bit of fun there, but I see it is actually true.

    This is horrific. Maybe Ms Gupta doesn’t think there is such a concept as “sin” looking at the state of the nation.

    She has replaced it with words like “trapezium” and “block graph”. Not too useful while you are growing up and trying to make sense of the world, but maybe that’s the intention.

    Tom, you remind me of Julia in “1984”:

    “In the ramifications of Party doctrine Julia had not the faintest interest. Whenever he began to talk of the principles of Ingsoc, doublethink, the mutability of the past, and the denial of objective reality, and to use Newspeak words, she became bored and confused and said that she never paid any attention to that kind of thing. One knew that it was all rubbish, so why let oneself be worried by it? She knew when to cheer and when to boo, and that was all one needed.”

    When we also read that British history is to be replaced in schools, we can think of another quote from “1984”:

    “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

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