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Soul Cake (Allison Crowe) video
#2028: Vimeo video by Allison Crowe
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Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh,
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh;
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh,
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh.
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh,
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh;
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh,
Oooh, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
One for Peter, two for Paul,
And three for Him that made us all.

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,
The dogs at your front door;
And all that dwell within your gates,
We'll wish you ten times more.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
One for Peter, two for Paul,
And three for Him that made us all.

Go down into the cellar,
And see what you can find;
If the barrels are not empty,
We'll hope that you'll be kind.

We'll hope that you'll be kind,
With your apple and your pear;
And we'll come no more a-soulin',
Till Christmas time next year.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
One for Peter, two for Paul,
And three for Him that made us all.

The streets are very dirty,
Me shoes are very thin;
I have a little pocket,
To put a penny in.

If you haven't got a penny,
A half a penny will do;
If you haven't got a half a penny,
Well, God bless you.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake;
One for Peter, two for Paul,
And three for Him that made us all.

####.... Traditional ....####
This variant based on music and lyrics by Tracey Batteast, Elene Mezzetti, and Paul Stookey, the name in the middle of Peter, Paul, and Mary.

From Wikipedia:
Soul Cake ~ small round cake which is traditionally made for All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day to commemorate the dead in the Christian tradition. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, are given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who go from door to door during the days of Allhallowtide singing and saying prayers "for the souls of the givers and their friends". The practice in England dates to the medieval period and was continued there until the 1930s, by both Protestant and Catholic Christians. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes continues in some countries today, such as Portugal (where it is known as Pão-por-Deus), and in other countries, it is seen as the origin of the practice of trick-or-treating. In Lancashire and in the North-east of England they are also known as Harcakes. In the United States, some churches, during Allhallowtide, have invited people to come receive sweets from them and have offered "pray for the souls of their friends, relatives or even pets" as they do so.

In 1891, Reverend M P Holme of Tattenhall, Cheshire, collected the song traditionally sung during souling, from a little girl at the local school. Two years later, the text and tune were published by folklorist Lucy Broadwood, who commented that souling was still practiced at that time in Cheshire and Shropshire. Further recordings of the traditional soul-cake song were collected in various parts of England until the 1950s. Versions collected later may have been influenced by folk revival recordings of the song by such groups as The Watersons.

In 1963, the American folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded this as "A' Soalin", including all the verses. The musical arrangement (including the accompaniment, chords, and interpolations from other traditional songs) is quite different from the published 1893 version and was copyrighted by members of the group.

The song "Soul Cake" from British rock musician Sting's 2009 album If On A Winter's Night seems to be an adaptation of the Peter, Paul, and Mary version, in that both depart from historical accuracy by referring to Christmas rather than All Saints or All Souls Day.




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