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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

[ Roud 21931 ; Ballad Index OBC071 ; trad.]

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day is an English 19th century carol.

The Valley Folk sang Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day in 1968 on their Topic album All Bells in Paradise.

In 1969, The Young Tradition split up while recording their album of Christmas songs with Shirley and Dolly Collins, The Holly Bears the Crown; and it was only in 1995 that the album was finally released. But Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day was released 24 years earlier, in 1971, on the Argo compilation album The World of Folk.

Tony and Jenny Reavill sang Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day in 1980 on their Hill & Dale album Revelation.

John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Steve Woodruff sang My Dancing Day in 1980 on their album To Welcome In the Spring.

The Albion Band sang Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day in 1985 on their album A Christmas Present from The Albion Band.

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band sang Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day in 1991 on their Park CD Carols and Capers. A live recording from their December 1997 Christmas Tour was released a year later on their CD Carols at Christmas.

Josienne Clarke sang Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day in 2013 on her and Ben Walker's CD Midwinter.

Lyrics

Maddy Prior sings Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day,
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
And call my true love to my dance.

Chorus (repeated after each verse):
Sing O my love, o my love, my love, my love
This have I done for my true love.

Then was I born of virgin pure,
Of her I took fleshly substance.
Thus was I knit to man's nature,
To call my true love to my dance.

In manger laid and wrapped I was,
So very poor this was my chance,
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass,
To call my true love to my dance.

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day,
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
And call my true love to my dance.