“Guillannee, La (La Gui-Annee)”


A (new year's) revel song, in which the singers demand pork-chine, or else the daughter of the house. Guillannee is mistletoe. In English this becomes "La Gui-Annee"; the singers declare "We've come to ask for mistletoe on this last day of the old year."


Botkin offers extensive notes on the Guillannee custom. He quotes Carriere: "The name _Guillannee_ is to be explained as an abbrebiation of _gui de l'annee, gui de la nouvelle annee_, New Year's Mistletoe." - RBW


  • Bloomsdale Singers, "La Guignolee" (KSGM 11279-A, n.d., prob. 1950s)
  • Prairie Durocher [sic] Singers, "La Guignolee" (KSGM 11279-B, n.d., prob. 1950s)


  1. Belden, pp. 515-516, "La Guignolee (La Gaie-Annee)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 584, "La Guillannee" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, BMRF584


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Belden)
Found in: US(MW, So)