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A Soalin' - Music for All Hallows' Eve 
31st-Oct-2010 12:14 am
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Happy Halloween.

Staying with the theme of yesterday's entry, I used to sing and play this version of 'soul cake' when I was a teenager. For some reason, it combines a song normally associated with Christmas with the All Hallows' Eve 'soul cake' rhyme and was  used for wassailing. Must do some more research on the origins of 'soul cake' rhymes.

A Soalin' by Peter Paul and Mary


This very traditional version (minus the Christmas addition) of 'soul cake' has been brought bang up to date by Sting. - ooh look a drum very like a bodhran but not a bodhran.


For some reason, Sting has reverted to his Geordie accent which might make it difficult for some people to catch the words.



Lyrics
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry.



God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also.
And all the little children that round your table grow.
The cattle in your stable and the dog by your front door.
And all that dwell within your gates
we wish you ten times more.
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.


Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
If the barrels are not empty we hope you will be kind.
We hope you will be kind with your apple and your pear
For we’ll come no more a ’soalin’ till this time next year.
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.



The streets are very dirty, my shoes are very thin
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’ penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’ penny then God bless you.
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
A soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake.
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all. 
Comments 
31st-Oct-2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Those were wonderful vids! I'd seen the Peter, Paul, & Mary version, but not the Sting one. Thanks for posting them!

Here in the southern U.S., very few people know anything about the origins of Halloween, and they often think that it was invented by devil-worshippers. I can't count the times I've explained to local folks that Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 is a mixture of benevolent beliefs from the Christian and Celtic religions of Ireland and Great Britain -- that most Halloween rituals are intended to drive away evil, not invite it in!
31st-Oct-2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
I attended a convent school where we always celebrated All Hallows' Eve with a party, but i,n the area in which I grew up 'Bonfire Night' (5th November - Guy Fawkes, gunpowder, treason and plot) was the big community event.

Here in the UK, I'm sure a lot of people think Halloween was invented in the US. It's only recently (since ET) that Trick or Treat became prevalent.
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