Hey, Ho, Nobody at Home

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Source: Thomas Ravenscroft's Pammelia # 85 (1609)

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This is a 5-part round. Lots of people know a (more modern?) 3-part round with a similar beginning, but that ends "still, I will be very merry". I don't know where that particular version of this round comes from. The OED notes that "eadi" means "rich or luxurious" or "happy, blessed, well-omened". (Thanks to Katherine Throckmorton for this tidbit!)

Hey ho,
nobody at home,
meat nor drink nor
money have I none,
fill the pot Eadie.

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Greg Lindahl