GO REST YE, WEARY CONGRESSMEN – Greg Trafidlo & Don Caron

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Parody of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen with lyrics by Greg Trafidlo and performance by Don Caron presented in the style of Post Modern Jukebox
Executive Producers Don Caron and Jerry Pender

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Greg Trafidlo

Go rest ye weary congressmen
from all the give and take
‘Cause Washington’s a battlefield,
but please make no mistake
Just knowing that you’re out of town,
will give us all a break

We could all use some comfort and joy,
comfort and joy
We could all use some comfort and joy

After your dinner just relax,
remembering the good times
Exploratory junkets paid for
on the people’s dime
Those ski resorts and skybox sports
must really be sublime

We could all use some comfort and joy,
comfort and joy
We could all use some comfort and joy

The Congress’s approval rate
is lower than a worm
What makes you think that you deserve
another two-year term?
Why don’t you call a lobbyist,
they’d love you at the firm.

We could all use some comfort and joy

We hope you have a pleasant time
on this year’s holiday
‘Cause everybody needs to chill
on a wintertime ‘vay-kay’
But do us all a favor, though.
Just stay the hell away

So we can get some comfort and joy,
comfort and joy
So we can all get some comfort and joy

With Boebert, Gates and Taylor Greene,
the crazy list goes on
Our only consolation now
is George Santos is gone
But he’ll be back next year
or someone else will come along

We could all use some comfort and joy,
comfort and joy
We could all use some comfort and joy

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

An early version of this carol is found in an anonymous manuscript, dating from the 1650s. It contains a slightly different version of the first line from that found in later texts, with the first line “Sit yow merry gentlemen” (also transcribed “Sit you merry gentlemen” and “Sit you merry gentlemen”).

The earliest known printed edition of the carol is in a broadsheet dated to c. 1760. A precisely datable reference to the carol is found in the November 1764 edition of the Monthly Review. Some sources claim that the carol dates as far back as the 16th century. Others date it later, to the 18th or early 19th centuries.

Although there is a second tune known as ‘Cornish’, in print by 1833 and referred to as “the usual version” in the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols, this version is seldom heard today. The better-known traditional English melody is in the minor mode; the earliest printed edition of the melody appears to be in a rondo arrangement for fortepiano by Samuel Wesley, which was already reviewed in 1815. Soon after, it appeared in a parody published in 1820 by William Hone. It had been associated with the carol since at least the mid-18th century, when it was recorded by James Nares in a hand-written manuscript under the title “The old Christmas Carol”. Hone’s version of the tune differs from the present melody in the third line: the full current melody was published by Chappell in 1855.

An article in the March 1824 issue of The Gentleman’s Magazine complains that, in London, no Christmas carols are heard “excepting some croaking ballad-singer bawling out ‘God rest you, merry gentlemen’, or a like doggerel”. The carol is referred to in Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. It is also quoted in George Eliot’s 1861 novel Silas Marner.

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