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A-Soaling
Album: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
 
Traditional
This is a traditional English song. "Soal" may be the equivalent of "soul" (from the Old English sawol, "spirit"). The Souling (or Soaling) Song was sung on All Hallows Eve (October 31st, also the ancient Celtic New Year's Eve) by children who would go from door to door asking for pennies and soulcakes. It is thought that this tradition can be traced back to pre-Christian times, when the Celts, on their New Year’s Eve, would prepare a final ritual meal, including a Soul Cake, for those who had died during that year.
The custom of wassailing at Christmas time is similar in some ways to the soulcake tradition - you knocked on your neighbors' doors, sang a special song and received gifts.
 

 
Hey ho, nobody home, meat nor drink nor money have I none
Yet shall we be merry, Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey ho, nobody home, Meat nor drink nor money have I none
Yet shall we be merry, Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey Ho, nobody home.

Chorus:
Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soal cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also
And all the little children who round your table grow.
The cattle in your stable and the dog by your front door
And all that dwell within this house we wish you ten times more.

Chorus

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 strawber'
For we'll come no more a 'soalin' till this time next year.

Chorus

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 well God bless you.

Chorus

 

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