Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes

Derbyshires Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Remember, remember, Th’ fifth o’ November, Th’ gunpowder plot. Shall ne’er be forgot! Pray gi a bit o’ coal, Ter stick in th’ bun-fire hole! A stick an’ a stake For King George’s sake–
A stowp an a reel, Or else wey’ll steal

– Long Ago 1873, vol i p. 338


Kents Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Guy Fawkes, Guy Stick him up on high, Hang him on a lamp post And there let him die.

Guy,Guy,Guy, Poke Him in the eye, Put him on the fire And there let him die

Burn his body from his head Then you’ll say Guy Fawkes is dead Hip, Hip, Hooray!
-Folkestone, Opie op.cit. p 281.



Lancashire: Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
We come cob o’coaling for Bonfire time, Your coal and your money we hope you’ll enjoy, Fol-di-day, fol-di-day, fol-di-diddle-i-do-day, Down in yon cellar, there’s an old um-ber-ella,
And in yonder corner ther’s an old pepper pot (or box) Pepper pot, pepper pot morning till neet, If you give us nowt, we’steal nowt, But wish you good neet!

(Oldham, Opie, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, Oxford, Clarendon,1961.) A chumping, wooding or cob coaling chant used when collecting burnables for the fire.


Cob Coaling Song from the Watersons Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
We come a cob a coalin’, come a coalin’, come a coalin’ We come a cob a coalin’ on/(for) Bon Fire Night.

We come a cob-coalin’ on/(for) Bon Fire Night For coal and for money we hope you’ll set right,

Fol the ray, fall the ray, fol the riddle-ee-I dum day. Now the first house we come to is an old cobbler’s shop, with nought on his cornice but an old pepper pot,

Pepper pot, ball of wax morning to night, If you give us nowt, we’ll take nowt, farewell and good night. Now me father is dead. He’s dead and he’s gone, Attention to his grave.

Hello boys, hello boys, let the bells ring, Fire boys, fire boys, fire we sing.

The fifth of November we hope you’ll remember for gunpowder treason and plot, I see no reason for Gunpowder treason to ever be forgot.

Oh we, Come a cob a coalin’, come a coalin’, come a coalin’, We come a cob a coalin’ on Bon Fire Night.

Oldham Tinkers- add a verse:

We knock at your knocker, and ring at your bell, To see what you’ll give us for singing so well,

(Iona and Peter Opie, 1992: 120 identify this excerpt as a ditty used by Christmas carolers!)

This verse follows the verse about the cobbler.

They also have a chant which they recite after they insert before the above
“knocker” excerpt:

Up a ladder, down a wall, a cob a call ‘ll save us all If you haven’t got a penny, a ‘apenny will do, If you haven’t got a ‘apenny, God bless you

-A song from the Lancashire and Yorkshire border associated with Bonfire Night. it might have been part of a mummers Play. A.L. Lloyd found the song for the Watersons in the 1960s.

Bonfire night, the stars are bright Every little angel dressed in white. Can you eat a biscuit? Can you smoke a pipe? Can you go a – courting At ten o’clock at night?
-Opie, op.cit. p.282. Blacburn, Lancs.


Lincolnshire’s Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Remember, remember The fifth o’ November! Guy and his companion’s plot: We’re going to blow the Parliament up! By God’s mercy we wase catcht, With a dark lantern an’ lighted match!

-Long Ago, 1873, vol. i. p. 338.


London Covent Gardens Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November Gunpowder, Treason and plot We see no reason Why gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot

Guy Fawkes, Guy With his lantern so sly Got into parliament house.
-1836 Theater Broadside advertising Harlequin Guy Fawkes a Pantomime Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes


Gentlefolks, pray Remember this day: Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
‘Tis with kind notice we bring The figure of sly And villanous Guy, Who wanted to murder the king. By powder and store, He bitterly swore, As he skulk‘d in the walls to repair, The parliament, too, By him and his crew, Should all be blowed up in the air. But James, very wise, Did the Papists surprise, As they plotted the cruelty great;

He know‘d their intent, So Suffolk he sent To save both kingdom and state, Guy Fawkes he was found With a lantern underground, And soon was the traitor bound fast: And they swore he should die,
So they hung him up high, And burnt him to ashes at last. So we, once a-year, Come round without fear, To keep up remembrance of this day; While assistance from you May bring a review Of Guy Fawkes a-blazing away.

So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Shout and huzza; So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Keep up this day! So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! And make the bells ring! Down with the Pope, and God save the Queen! Pray, gentlefolks, pray Remember this day, At which kind notice we bring This figure of sly, Old, villanous Guy, He wanted to murder the king. With powder in store, He bitterly swore
By him in the vaults to compare, By him and his crew, And parliament, too, Should all be blow‘d up in the air. So please to remember The fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot, I see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. So hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Shout out the day! Hollo, boys! hollo, boys! Hollo, Hurrah!

Spurgeon Version “Remember, remember, The fifth of November, Old Spurgeon‘s treason and plot! ”

Russian Tsar Version… Poke an ingun in his eye— A squib shove up his nose, sirs; Then roast him till he‘s done quite brown, And Nick to old Nick goes, sirs.
-Henry Mayhew. London Labour and the London Poor Vol 3. London. Griffin, Bohn and Company, Stationer’s Hall Court. 1851


Market Rasens Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Please to remember The Fifth of November, The poor old guy With a hole in his stocking A hole in his hat where his hair comes through. If you haven’t got a penny a halfpenny will do, If you haven’t got a halfpenny God bless you.

-Opie op.cit. p282


Northamptons Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Guy Fawkes, Guy Hit him in the eye, Hang him on a lamp-post And leave him there to die. Umbrella down the cellar There I saw a naked fella Burn his body, save his soul, Please give me a lump of coal; If a lump of coal won’t do, Please give me a ha’penny, Then up and down the Drapery, Round and round the Market Square, Till I get to Marefair, Where I’ll spend my ha’penny, Guy Fawkes, Guy.

-Opie, op.cit. p.282


Aberdeens Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
A penny for the guy, A penny for the guy, A big umbrella And a flashy tie. The guy, the guy, Pin him in the eye; Stick him up a lamp post, Don’t let him die

-Opie, op.cit.p.282.


Bradfields Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
Cake, cake, cake; Copper copper,copper. Oil boiler roaster, A bit of bread and toaster. Hole in my stocking. Hole in my shoe, Hole in my hat Where my hair peeps through, If you haven’t got a copper, Silver will do. If you haven’t got a silver, God bless you.

-Joanne Frost, eleven, Bradfield Comprehensive School, Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.3.


Bonfire night when the stars shine bright Three little angels dressed in white One with a fiddle, one with a drum One with a pancake stuck to its bum

– Jane Curry, Eleven, Bradfield Comprehensive School.,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.11.


Barnsleys Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
Remember, remember the Fifth of November Bangers and rockets and Catherine wheels, too The wind, the wind, the wind blows high, Just like the old woman who lived in the shoe.

-Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.10.


Smithies Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
Penny for the guy Or I will kick you in the eye And kick you in the thigh And I will get you on the foot And kick you even more.

-Craig Bamford, eleven, Wisewood Comprehensive School,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.14.


Wisewood: Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chant
A banger, a banger, a boom, boom, boom! A rocket, a rocket, zoom, zoom, zoom! A sparkler, SSSSSSSSSSSHH!

-Eil Eady, fourteen, Wisewood Comprehensive School.,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.p.14.


St Catherines School – (to the tune of Clementine):
Build a bonfire, build a bonfire. Put the teacher on the top. Put the prefect in the middle And we’ll burn the blooming’ lot.

-Mark Thompson, ten, St. Catherine’s School.,Lore and Language, vol.4 #2, July 1985, “Rhymes and Songs for Halloween and Bonfire Night”. Ervin Beck, p.13. Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes


The North of England Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants:
Happy was the man And happy was the day, That caught Guy Going to his play, With a dark lanthorn And a brimstone match Ready for the prime to touch.

As I was going through the dark entry I spied the devil Stand back! Stand back! Queen Mary’s daughter. Put your hand in your pocket, And give us some money To kindle our bonfire. Hurrah.
-Brand’s Pop. Antiq. 1849, vol i p. 308.


An Agreeable Companion, 1742:
Don’t you Remember The Fifth of November, ‘Twas Gun-Powder Treason Day, I let of my Gun, And made ’em all run. And Stole all their bonfire away.

-Opie, op.cit. p.282 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes


The Jacobite Relics of Scotland 1816: Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes
Let the Whigs remember the fifth of November

-Opie, op.cit. p.282 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes


The Children’s Friend, 1825:
Remember, remember, The Fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot; The king and his train Had like to be slain, And I hope it will ne’er be forgot

-Opie, op.cit. p.282 Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Rhymes


Guy Fawkes Day – (Yorkshire): Traditional Guy Fawkes Rhyme and Bonfire Night Old Chants
A Stick and a stake, For King James’s sake. Please give us a coil,(1) a coil.

Awd Grimey sits upon yon hill, As black as onny awd craw. He’s gotten on his long grey coat Wi’ buttons doon afoor. He’s gotten on his long grey coat Wi’ buttons doon afoor.
-(1673-1915) and Traditional Poems Compiled with an Historical Introduction by F. W. Moorman (Professor of English Language, University of Leeds) London Published for the Yorkshire Dialect Society by Sidgwick and Jackson, Ltd., 1916, 1917