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Coventry Carol
John Taylor Japan Album
traditional carol
Released 23 November 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Traditional carol
Length 0:31
Label Cutting Edge Records / Avex Trax
Producer John Taylor
John Taylor cover instrumental

"Coventry Carol" is a Christmas carol dating from the 16th Century, covered by John Taylor on The Japan Album released on 23 November 1999.

About the carol[]

The carol was performed in Coventry (UK) as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, which depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew. John Taylor covered and also produced the carol as an instrumental on The Japan Album.


Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay