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Subject: Halloween Songs
From: BeauDangles
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:03 PM

Ahh, it's that time again! The Wheel of the Year has turned nearly a full cycle, and it is nearly time for my favorite holiday. Halloween! Who doesn't thrill secretly at the stealthy approach of the Great Pumpkin? And as is usual for me at this time of year, I begin to muse on my list of all time favorite songs that I would feature at the bestest of all Halloween Parties. Over the years I have compiled what I think to be a very spooky menu of songs to stir the hairs at the back of the neck. I thought I would open it to public consumption and see what you 'Cats could add to it. Don't limit yourself to any one genre of music. Your songs can be vocal or instrumental, serious or comical, electric or acoustic. But they must all be scary. Here's what I have so far:

1. Anything and everything from Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare.
2. Of course, we must have all of Bobby "Boris" Pickets Halloween songs, especially The Monster Mash.
3. Spooky (preferable the version by Atlanta Rhythm Section).
4. I Put a Spell on You, by CCR.
5. Witchy Woman, by The Eagles.
6. Black Magic Woman, by Santana.
7. Love Potion #9.
8. Don't Fear The Reaper, by Blue Oyster Cult.
9. Werewolves of London, by Warren Zevon (for that matter, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner by Zevon)
10. Tales of Mystery & Imagination, by the Alan Parsons Project.
11. One-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying Purple People Eater, by...?
12. Rary's Hill, Mary Black.
13. She Moves Thru the Fair, by...hmmm...Who would be the best?
14. Sympathy For the Devil, the Stones.
15. The soundtrack to Halloween, the movie. Also, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, soundtrack to the Exorcist.
16. Sleepwalk (instrumental)
17.... That’s all I can remember. Now, it's your turn. Let's make this the Mother of All Party Compilation Tapes!

BeauDangles


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Subject: Lyr Add: AN IRISHMAN'S SHANTY^^
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:16 PM

Oh, O'Leary is dead and O'Riley don't know it
O'Riley is dead and O'Leary don't know it
They're both of them dead and they're in the same bed
And neither one knows that the other one's dead.


Found it in a book when I was a kid. Have no idea what the right tune is. I sing it to a bit that got used a lot in old movies to indicate that someone was from Ireland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Gary T
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:31 PM

There's "Haunted House"--I forget who did the original (even though I have it on 45), but the chart version was by Jumpin' Gene Simmons, now of Kiss.

"Marie Laveau" by Bobby Bare would qualify. There are also other songs about this voodoo queen, some perhaps with the same title.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: BeauDangles
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:31 PM

Hey Rabbit!

I belive that little snippet is sung to the tune of the Irish Washerwoman.

BeauD


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: BeauDangles
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:34 PM

Whoops! I got the hickups!

Of course, there is always Bad Moon A-Risin' by CCR.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Mbo
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:46 PM

All the songs 7 music from Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" including The Rakes of Mallow...sung by Bing Crosby.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 07:50 PM

Me too -- I should know better than to try to proofread after I've hit the submit button.

Ghost Riders in the Sky

Did anyone ever put James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orfant Annie" to music? That's a great Halloween read.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Ely
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 08:52 PM

"Purple People Eater" (1958? around there) was written and recorded by Sheb Wooley (Pete Nolan on "Rawhide").

How about "Ghost of John" (long white bones with no skin on/oooo, ooooo/ wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?). I loved that one when I learned it in kindergarten. I was always a bit of a morbid child.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Kara
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 09:29 PM

Rickerty tickerty tin
Long Black veil
Kara


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Hotspur
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 10:36 PM

With 'er 'ead tucked underneath 'er arm She waaaaaaaaaaaaalks the Bloody Tower With 'er 'ead tucked underneath 'er arm At the midnight 'our. (That's from The Ballad of Anne Boleyn, of course.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: richlmo
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 10:38 PM

" PUMKINHEAD HARVEY "


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: @play
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 11:14 PM

Tam Lin, by Fairport Convention


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Ely
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 11:41 PM

Isn't there one, it's sort of a chant like those clapping games kids play, and I can't really remember the words, but it ends something like "and when the [?] began to crack, was like a penknife in my back, and when my back began to bleed, I was dead and dead, indeed."


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Mbo
Date: 25 Sep 00 - 11:52 PM

Yep Ely, we were just discussing that song back in the "Kid's Stuff" thread. It's actually in the DT, believe it or not, under "Sandy Toy."

--M


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: L R Mole
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 11:20 AM

Well, there's all the death-teen songs ("Teen Angel" mark Dinning, etc...)and a lot of Walter (Wendy) Carlos' score from Clockwork Orange.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Margaret V
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 12:08 PM

I refreshed a "Favorite Fall Songs" thread from last year that might be of interest. Margaret


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Peg
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 12:13 PM

I think Loreena McKennitt's a cappella version of "She Moved Through the Faire," just for variety's sake...it is haunting as all get out (she does it with harp in concert for some reason)...

my additions to your wonderful compilation:
"Hammer Horror" by Kate Bush
"Raven in the Storm" by John Gorka
"The Witch's Promise" by Jethro Tull
"Season of the Witch" by Donovan
"I But a Little Girl" by Bob Francke(sp?)
"You Will Burn" by Steeleye Span
"Twa Corbies" by Maddy Prior
"The Fabled Hare" by Maddy Prior


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Grab
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 12:34 PM

A good one which probably no-one knows is "48 years", by Alastair Sanger (aka the Fat Man), written for the computer game "7th Guest". A lovely bit of piano in it, and _incredibly_ spooky - sends shivers down your back. I think there's an MP3 of it on http://www.fatman.com/listen.htm

Grab.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: BeauDangles
Date: 26 Sep 00 - 12:37 PM

Oohh! Peg, nice choices there! Esp. Loreena McKennitt. Another one just occured to me. I can't remember who did it, but I think it is called....

Hey there little Red Riding Hood, You sure are looking good, You're everything that a big bad wolf could want, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 01:36 AM

Oh, yeah! Loved Little Red Riding Hood when I was a kid.

When I was a kid I learned a little halloween song, but I don't remember all the words. Anyone get this one in school?

Hallowee-ee-een the witch is riding high
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky
So beware, don't you dare
la la la, la la la
Or she will come and pull your hair!

CD


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 01:41 AM

Beau, try here for Little red riding hood.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 11:59 AM

Don't forget: Lyke-Wake Dirge (Pentangle) Reynardine (Fairport Convention) Hemlock and Primroses (Justice & Hawker)


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 12:54 PM

Yeah,Gary T! "Haunted House" is a terrific tune...

"I bought this house now you know I'm bound
Ain't no haint gonna drive me out"

It also had another line,like "He drank the hot grease from the fryin' pan
He ate the raw meat right from my hand"
Is that the one you're talking about? If so,I'd love to have the rest of the words.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MRS. RAVOON^^^
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 02:36 PM

Try this one. I learned it from a recording of a radio interview with Kendall a local folk show I think hosted by Anne Dodson. He performed it accompanied himself with guitar. Kendall, what are the chords?

MRS. RAVOON

I climbed the clock tower 'neath the noonday sun;
'Twas midday, at least, ere my journey was done.
But the clock never sounded the last stroke of noon,
For there from the clapper swung Mrs. Ravoon.

Mrs. Ravoon, Mrs. Ravoon,
You are too much with me, late and soon.

I stole through the dungeon whilst everyone slept
Till I came to the place where the monster was kept.
There in the arms of a giant baboon,
Rigid and smiling, lay Mrs. Ravoon.

I stood by the water, so green and thick,
And I stirred at the scum with my old, withered stick,
When there rose from the depths of the limpid lagoon
The luminous body of Mrs. Ravoon.

I pulled in my line and I took my first look
At the half-eaten horror that hung from my hook.
I had dragged from the depths of that limpid lagoon
The bloated cadaver of Mrs. Ravoon.

I went to an amateur butcher I know
For the gut of a cat for my violin bow,
But I never imagined I'd pay my next tune
On the shuddering entrails of Mrs. Ravoon.

I ran through the marsh 'midst the lightning and thunder,
When a terrible flash spit the darkness asunder.
Chewing a rat's tail and mumbling a rune,
Mad in the moat, squatted Mrs. Ravoon.
^^^

Old English rhyme set to music by Tom Mastin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 02:50 PM

I play it with the capo at the 3rd fret. Positions are. Am Em Am Em Am. C Em Am G Am.chorus
C Em C G Am.
If you want a copy of theis, buy Biginners Luck!!

There is a song we used to sing at Halloween called Jack o Lantern

Jack O lantern burns his candle
Bright through the windy night
Witches on their broomsticks ride
By the Jack o lantern's light.

Owls upon the waving tree tops hoot through the windy night
Goblins dance on Halloween by the Jack o Lantern's light.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: richlmo
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 10:09 PM

"Long Black Veil" -Trad., " Miss Ghost "- Don Henley " Brown Mountain Light " -Tommy Faile, " I put a Spell On You " - John Fogarty - probably my favorite. Does anyone listen to John Boy and Billy? Pumpkinhead Harvey. My kids loved it, we heard it almost every day going to school, before Halloween.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Margaret V
Date: 27 Sep 00 - 10:13 PM

How about "Miss Bailey's Ghost?" I sing the version done by Mick Hanly. Margaret


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,BeauDangles
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 06:23 PM

Hmmm I seem to have lost my cookie. Well, that's they way it crumbles I guess. I just remembered another cool Halloween Song. Moon Over Bourbon Street, by Sting.

BeauD


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: bflat
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 06:44 PM

Singer/songwriter Richard Schindell has a contemporary breakup song for Halloween on his Sparrows Point CD i.e., "Are You Happy Now." You can listen to a clip from his website www.richardschindell.com (I think that's it) if you want the flavor of the song. Art imitating life!

bflat


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 08:35 PM

See @myth for a variety of ghosts, devils, mythical beasties, etc


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Musicman
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 10:36 PM

Many years ago, I recieved a Halloween card from my mom.....

On the front were these words:

"Halloween is becoming a forgotten holiday. We dedicated followers of the Great Pumpkin must do something to rekindle the Halloween spirit. Let us not rest until the universe resounds with PUMPKIN CAROLS".

You may find the words to "The Peanuts Book of Pumpkin Carols" here (hope this works)

enjoy........

musicman


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 10:53 PM

I learned Mrs Ravoon from a Folk-Legacy recording of Harry Tufts many years ago....it has sort of become associated with me locally...*sigh*....I had to begin saying "ONLY at Halloween"

a REALLY weird little thing that fits at Halloween is "On the Amazon" by Don McLean


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 11:02 PM

'Oh Death' is a charming little tune I associate with Doc Boggs... Macabre at it's finest!


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 11:08 PM

"Oh Death" was done on a record by Nimrod Workman, also...great song!..(he was in maybe his 80s when he recorded it...sent chills up my spine)


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: hesperis
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 11:19 PM

Little Hawk does some amazing werewolf songs.

Selina Kerr wrote a fantastic song called "In Death She Blooms" about her interpretation of Ophelia's death. I wrote the vocal part and arranged it, and it is really cool!

I love "Little Red Riding Hood" even though most people I know are sick of it.
There's some really cool stuff on this thread. (I'm a-gonna hafta check 'em all owt naow!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Michael in Swansea
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 04:02 AM

Would "Mister Fox" fall into this category? It makes me feel chilly. It's in the DT

Mike


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Subject: Lyr Add: HAUNTED HOUSE^^
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 01:50 PM

HAUNTED HOUSE
("Jumping" Gene Simmons)

I just moved in my new house today.
Moving was hard but I got squared away.
Bells started ringing and chains rattle loud.
I knew I'd moved in a haunted house.

Still I made up in my mind to stay.
Nothing was a going to drive me away.
When I seen something that give me the creeps.
It had one big eye and two big feet.

I stood like steel and I did the freeze.
He did the stroll right up to me.
Made a noise with his feet that sound like a drum.
"Say you'll be here when the morning come."

Say, yes I'll be here when the morning comes.
I'll be right here and I ain't gonna run.
I bought this house now you know I"m boss
Ain't no haint a gonna run me off.

In my kitchen my stove was a blazing hot
Coffee was a boiling in the pot.
The grese had melted in my pan.
I had a hunk of meat in my hand.

From out of space there sat a man
On the hot stove with the pots and pans.
"Say that's hot," I begin to shout
He drank the hot coffee right from the spout.

He ate the raw meat right from my hand.
Drank the hot grease from the frying pan.
He said to me, "Now you better run,
And don't be here when the morning comes."

Say, yes I'll be here when the morning comes.
I'll be right here and I ain't gonna run.
I bought this house now you know I"m boss
Ain't no haint a gonna run me off.

WW


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 02:32 PM

Possibility: Call retirement homes and nursing homes--the biggest ones you can find first--and talk to the activities director. Offer a show, and ask if there is a budget for such. Some of them do pay. Not big money, but a dollar is a dollar most any old time.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: SDShad
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 04:04 PM

As I turn to revising my Halloween mix for this year, I'll be walking away from this thread with some new ideas, and will throw in a few from my extant mix:

  • Turkish Song of the Damned by the Pogues, a chilling shipwreck ghost story ("the dead have come to claim a debt from thee")
  • Toccata And Fugue--Bach, preferably on pipe organ
  • Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead by either XTC or Crash Test Dummies; I prefer the Dummies' version, even though it leaves out a verse
  • Synchronicity II by the Police, with all its dark Scottish loch stuff
  • Addams Family and Munsters themes, just to be creepy and kooky
  • The Time Warp, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner
  • The Graveyard Symphony by ??
  • Exciteable Boy by Warren Zevon, to round out a creepy Zevon trilogy with the aforementioned "Werewolves of London" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"
  • X-Files theme
  • Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas
  • Rattle My Bones by the Suburbs, a fabulous local Minneapolis new wave/punk band from the eighties that no one's ever heard of ("head bone's connected to the headphones, now dig the word of the Lord")
  • Paint it Black by the Stones
  • Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
  • King of Pain by the Police, again
  • Pshyco theme
  • Rock Lobster by the B-52s, which just has a kind of Halloweeny feel to it

I'm thinking of adding a number of those mentioned above (esp. "Skeletons In My Closet" (the actual title of "48 Years") which I never would've thought of, even though I once thought of learning it--thanks, Grab!, never thought I'd see it mentioned on the 'Cat!), plus Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King."

Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: SDShad
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 06:10 PM

Make that "Psycho theme" above.

Yeesh.

C.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: radriano
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 06:45 PM

Here's a few I like:

Sir Aldinger Mr. Fox The Ghostly Crew The Holland Handkerchief Long Lanekin Robber Bridegroom The Two Magicians


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,BeauDangles
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 01:51 PM

Hey Chris,

Great list of spooky songs. I just remembered two more the other day: Season of the Witch (Donovan?) & Cry for the Wolfman (can't rememeber who did that one).

Gosh I love Halloween!

BeauD


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: sadie damascus
Date: 06 Jan 01 - 05:12 AM

Does anyone have more songs about Mr. Fox (Reynardine) or Foxy?


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Vampira
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 04:35 AM

I looked up this old thread for ideas for this Halloween, and I noticed no one had mentioned:

Dry Bones

Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead!

Zombie Jamboree

He Had A Long Chain On

That Old Black Magic

There's also a ghost mentioned in "If You Could Read My Mind."

And how about "The Farmer's Curst Wife"?

any more?


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: The Walrus at work
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 08:30 AM

I've been beaten to "Zombie Jamboree". Would "The Devil and the Feathery Wife" count?

Walrus


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: ard mhacha
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 09:05 AM

Halloween, the Eve of All Saints is not celebrated in England, it is celebrated in Ireland and of course the US, in all my years working in England I never heard it mentioned. In England, Guy Fawkes Day on the 5th of November was celebrated in a similar fashion. The big question is why is it so big in the US, curious to know which ethnic group was responsible for introducing it. Slan Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 09:14 AM

Halloween is a really big deal here, although we celebrated it in Scotland when I was a kid, but nothing like to the same extent as in the US.

It appears to be be kind of traditional here for men to dress up in women's clothing for Halloween parties, a custom with which I have reluctantly complied for the last couple of years.

This year, I plan to go as Dolly Parton. Songs to be performed will include will include "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from "South Pacific" and "W.O.M.A.N" by Peggy Lee.

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: LR Mole
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 09:40 AM

Roy Buchanan (RIP) did a nice almost-rockabilly version of "Haunted House" on his first album. Todd Rundgren does one song called "Wolfman Jack", about the legendary DJ, on "Something/Anything", as well as a creepy one called "Black Maria". Ry Cooder's version of "One Meat Ball" on his first album gives me the willies (don't know why, really). And speaking of "Oh, Death", you could probably get a whole tape off the Harry Smith Anthology.I wouldn't stay at your house that night, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: ard mhacha
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 10:56 AM

Murray, The tradition of men dressing up as women in Ireland on Halloween was also part of the many rituals connected with the festival. Slan Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,California Ghoul
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 01:23 AM

Gotta re-mention "With 'Er 'Ead Tucked Underneath 'Er Arm (Anne boleyn"), "Witchy Woman," "Monster Mash," "Dry Bones," and "Spooky."

How about "Thriller"?
also The Funeral March for A Marionette (is that the title?)

Then there's the old camp song,

Did you ever think when the hearse goes by
that you might be the next to die?
They wrap you up in a long, white sheet
and put [a tombstone?] at your feet.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
and [something something] like sauerkraut.
Your stomach turns a glossy green
and puss flows out like whipping cream.
You sop it up with a piece of bread
And that's what you eat when you are dead,
So, when I die, don't bother to bury me at all,
Just pickle my bones in alcohol!


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: kendall
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 06:44 PM

Lost Jimmy Whalen, sung by Joan Sprung on Folk Legacy records. She also sings a very spooky one called Mistletoe Bough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Stewart
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 07:14 PM

My choice - THE GREEN LADY.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Greyeyes
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 09:12 AM

It is not entirely true that Halloween is not celebrated in England. Trick or Treating has become more popular in recent years, but in my childhood, (early seventies), we always had a Halloween party, with special food and games, particularly bobbing for apples. It is sad to see the English way of celebrating these old festivals gradually dying out and being replaced by American style activities, but that's globalisation at work. Guy Fawkes night is not a big event in the calendar of English Catholics.

Bit of a non-musical diversion:

I went to a boarding school in Devon called Allhallows, which not surprisingly was pretty big on Halloween. In the C19, before the school moved there, a cargo ship laden with marble was wrecked on Halloween on the coast below the cliffs on which the school perched. The master of the big house later gained salvage rights to the ship and its cargo and built a great marble staircase in the house. The ghost of the ship's captain was said to walk up the cliff path into the house every year on Allhallow's Eve. The 6th form boys used to collect sacks of seaweed from the beach every year and at dead of night spread it in the entrance to what we called the Main School, along the corridor and up the marble staircase. The trail disappeared outside the Headmaster's study on the upstairs corridor. It was all very Harry Potter looking back on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 11:21 AM

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" had a piece called "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding. John Fogerty's second solo album had some good spooky stuff. "Spiders and Snakes"? Jim Stafford?


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: IanC
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 11:35 AM

GreyEyes

Thanks. Traditionally, in parts of England, Halloween was another carolling day, with a souling song (begging song) used to accompany visits to local houses. See the other thread here.

:-)
Ian


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: John J
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 12:53 PM

Check out any Souling Plays that are performed in your area, Souling Plays are performed at All Souls, which is immediately AFTER Halloween.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: VoxFox
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 01:24 PM

Just jumping in with a ditty my father played on the piano called "Spooky Takes a Holiday", I don't know any more about it or if there are words or not but it used to make me giggle when he played it so rousingly on a dark and rainy night.Sadly he's gone but the song lingers on....VF


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Greyeyes
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 02:48 PM

Halloween, Oct.31st, is of course the eve of All Saints Day, Nov 1st. All Souls Day was Nov 2nd, but the souling songs and plays were often performed on All Souls Eve, or the evening of Nov 1st. To further confuse matters many of the songs and customs predate christianity anyway and are more to do with Samhain, the pagan festival which took place around the beginning of November.
According to Brewer it is coincidental that the Catholic church holds All Souls day so close to Halloween, Click here
here is an interesting article about souling.


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Greyeyes
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 03:03 PM

I meant to say here is an interesting article about souling.
Greyeyes needs to go back to blue-clicky school. Instructions in the FAQ.
-Joe Offer


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Subject: RE: BS: Halloween Songs
From: Gloredhel
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 08:36 PM

As a Roman Catholic, I object to the statement that All-Souls being celebrated close to Halloween is a coincidence. First, the word Halloween is All-Hallow's Eve, or the eve of All Saints Day, Nov. 1st. Second, for All Saints and All Souls Days to be placed together makes sense. These two being placed close to the Celtic celebration of the dead at Samhain was a deliberate part on the move of the Catholic Church to replace the pagan celebrations with their own rituals.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 09:11 PM

I don't know if I'd say the establishment of the feasts of All Saints and All Souls (and Christmas, for that matter) were deliberate moves to replace pagan celebrations. These celebrations came from local churches, and quite obviously grew from pagan feasts that were part of local tradition. The celebrations grew in popularity as centuries went on, and were eventually accepted by the church as official. By the time they became "official," the pagan roots of the feasts had long been forgotten. It seems to have been a process of natural growth (folk process???), not establishing something to replace an older tradition.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: John P
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 01:57 AM

Oh Boy, we get to play a Halloween concert this year with our friends William Pint and Felicia Dale. We'll probably do Death and the Lady, The Outlandish Knight, Hangman, Matthew Green (a version of Matty Groves), The May Song, Nottamun Town, The Devil Up in Heaven Beating His Wife, Thrice Tosse These Oaken Ashes, The Apes of Hell, Two Ravens, Devil in the Kitchen, Farmer's Curst Wife, He Moved Through the Fair, Molly Bahn. There's lots of good stuff for this holiday. I think William and Felicia used to do Mr. Fox, Skeleton Dance, and The Tryphina's Extra Hand.

John Peekstok


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Greyeyes
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 03:48 AM

"Greyeyes needs to go back to blue-clicky school. Instructions in the FAQ"

Harsh but fair, Joe. It had been a long day, the caretaker was trying to lock up and throw me out, and the server was on the blink. More haste less speed I think. Thanks for fixing the link.

Gloredhel, the statement that the placing of All Souls Day was a coincidence was my reading of the story related in Brewer's Phrase and Fable, (see link above).

If you follow This link The Columbia Encyclopedia states that the celebrations and customs associated with All Souls Day were a completely separate development from Halloween.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Cllr
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 05:10 AM

What a great thread.

I have to agree gloredhel,Sorry Joe but I think your wrong on this one.

"Like Christmas and Easter, the festival of Hallowe'en originated in Pagan celebration Even though its name derives from the christian festival of all hallows or all saints day... in the eighth century All Hallows' day was moved to November the first to counteract Pagan celebrations held on that date."

For example the timing of Christmas was due to a pagan festival previously a bonfire to encourage the Sun to return in the depths of winter, and because its difficult to make the serfs give up their holidays (Holy days)they just wacked in a different meaning while allowing the serfs their time off while weaning them away to the new religion.

As far has Halloween celebration(I'm drawing a distinction between recent customs over the the last two hundred years and its origins many centuries ago) goes the Irish have always been big on it and the american version of celebrating the modern halloween come from these irish origins, while in england we are following on (commercially at least) from you merkins. Don't forget, one of the reasons we don't celebrate individual days as much as the americans, is that we have on average four to five weeks holiday a year and you lot seem to get far less.

Sadie Damascus was asking about reynardine usually boxing day in the UK is day for the big hunt more christmas than Halloween. Robb Johnson has written one (on his Album "Maggie Thatcher- My part in her downfall" irregular records) called Boxing day with the chorus "And it feels like winter, spit to eat and hell to pay. And it feels like reynardine on Boxing Day"

John P say Hello to William and Felicia for me, I booked them last year as my last guests at the folk club I was running (uxbridge) before I left. It was on my birthday and it was a fantastic night.

And finally Halloween songs

The whole Album of the king of elflands daughter (with Christopher Lee and Derek Brimestone on it)

Cllr


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Greyeyes
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 07:19 AM

I don't dispute that Allhallows Day was placed on 1st Nov deliberately to counteract pagan celebrations, it is the placing of All Souls day on 2nd Nov that the references above suggest were coincidental.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Cllr
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 08:19 AM

Grey eyes I was disagreeing with Joe Offer

He said

"I don't know if I'd say the establishment of the feasts of All Saints and All Souls (and Christmas, for that matter) were deliberate moves to replace pagan celebrations"

I replied

... in the eighth century All Hallows' day was moved to November the first to counteract Pagan celebrations held on that date..."

As such it is fairly obvious, to me at least, that there is deliberate positioning of the festival dates.

And as this was the main thrust of Gloredhel's post I agree with her as well.

Cllr

Ilove halloween parties for whatever the reason!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Greyeyes
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 08:29 AM

Gloredhel said

"As a Roman Catholic, I object to the statement that All-Souls being celebrated close to Halloween is a coincidence."

Anyway we all seem to be in broad agreement. And yes, what a great thread.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 12:15 PM

Ooh, Kendall! Thanks for reminding me! "Mistletoe Bough" is probably one of the most sad/scary beautifully morbid songs I know. Been meaning to learn it for years (from Joan's LP) but not sure if I'll ever have occasion to sing it in public, so others seem to take priority.

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 08:14 PM

Can anybody supply leads to historical documents that prove the Christian feasts were established to counteract pagan celebrations held on the same dates? The Christian feasts have many elements related to their pagan predecessors - this would seem to indicate an evolution from the pagan celebrations, rather than something legislated to supplant the pagan feasts. I'll stick to my "folk process" theory until somebody comes up with solid evidence to the contrary. I've studied a lot of church history - most everything in churches happens by evolution, and then is eventually made official by some sort of decree.
It would seem that people kept their traditions after they converted to Christianity, more-or-less putting a Christian "spin" on things they had done for centuries. I realize that it was once common practice for Christians to deny that their faith had in any way developed from earlier paganism, but more recent students of church history see a much closer relationship between Christian traditions and earlier pagan traditions. Christian theologians also have developed a much more favorable view of ancient paganism, and the earlier religions are no longer rejected as "evil." Perhaps those who call themselves pagans might consider doing the same favor to Christianity - to look to see what we all have in common, and to see where there is good in all systems of belief.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,mgarvey@pacifier.com
Date: 29 Sep 01 - 12:44 AM

I'll be posting something under Watchfires...but anyway, on November 1 at 9 p.m. (your time) people around the world will be lighting watchfires...from a candle to a bonfire, to guide lost souls home. There is a lot of history and folklore associated with this. Vietnam veterans especially have been doing this over the last few years. Please join us and let us light up the world. mg


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Blackcatter
Date: 29 Sep 01 - 01:36 AM

Hi Joe & All,

Among the historians of the modern Pagan movement as well as esteemed individuals such as Joseph Campbell is is generally considered that the Christian Church did not create holidays or celebrations to directly counteract the Pagan celebrations. Insead, what usually happened was that the King, Prince or Chieftain of a certain place converted to Christianity and made a decree that everyone in his land had to convert. The cycle of celebrations would have their "meaning" changed but much of the ritual stayed the same.

This was likely to be done to sort of wean the people away from the old religion. In place where that didn't work, the Christian Church killed people.

Did the Church have malicious intent in taking over the ancient rituals? In many ways probably not, but the be honest, when you are a leader of the "one true religion" it is easy to treat other faiths as wrong, misguided or evil.

Another bit of evidence for how the Christians approached the conversion of Pagans is that so many of the Catholic Saints are actually based on Pagan Deities. There was a whole industry in the middle ages in developing the biographies of invented saints. Haigiography is the name for that.

pax yall


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: John P
Date: 29 Sep 01 - 05:42 PM

It seems like folks just sort of naturally have a harvest feast, a mid-winter celebration, a Spring-time celebration, etc., no matter what religion they are, or even if they don't have any religion. Of course, relgions try to make them into holy days . . .

JP


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Kaleea
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 12:13 AM

My fav is the original--"Night on Bald Mountain"--you may recall this from Disney's "Fantasia", however, what I play on Hallowe'en to scare the trick or treaters is Gregorian Chant on low speed--backwards!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 01:26 PM

Wow! I made it through this looooooooooooooooong thread and I still have a song to offer. Bringing Mary Home! I can't believe that I have something to offer that wasn't mentioned before.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 01:47 PM

California Ghoul, We used to sing the "When I Die" song,

"...the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the ants play pinochle on your snout ..."


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: HelenJ
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 03:33 PM

"Old Pendle" and " Matthew Hopkins".

HelenJ.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Folky1
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 11:16 PM

I can't believe no one has mentioned Micheal Smith's song "Vampire". Claudia Schmidt recorded a bang-up version of it early in her career. It's the most haunting song I know for this theme.

Buddy Mondlock has a fun song called "Skeleton" about a skeleton in his closet. "The Unquiet Grave" is good too.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Bert
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 02:16 AM

"Ain't it grand to be bloomin' well dead." is one. I usually resort to "Tom Pierce" or my own "Plastic Flower seeds".

Joe, Years ago the magazine "The Essex Countryside" published a very good article on the pagan stone at Beauchamp (pronounced Beecham) Roding. It told the legend of how the stone, which the pagans used to worship, was brought down to the village to be incorporated into the Christian church which was then being built. This was done so that the pagans would have to come to the church when they wanted to worship their stone. This was a common practice in those times and several other churches were mentioned which had 'pagan stones' built into their walls (Stratford is the only other one that I can remember).

Legend has it that during the night, the devil came down (or would that be UP) and took the stone back to it's rightful home on the top of a nearby hill.

The church builders brought it back down again the next day, but it was returned to it's hilltop again that night. After trying several times, the church builders finally gave up the battle and built their church up on the hill alongside the stone.

When you next go to England, be sure to include Beauchamp Roding on your tour and see the pagan stone in the churchyard.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 10:31 PM

Here's an old round we liked:
Have you seen the ghost of John?
Long round bones with no skin on...
OO-OO-OO-OO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on

And of course we couldn't get through Mischief Night without, "There was and old woman all skin and bones...."


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Peg
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 11:11 PM

Thanks for mentioning "Vampire" as I was about to do the same.

One of the best modern scholars on the subject of the replacement of old pagan feast days and festivals with church-based holidays is Ronald Hutton; may I recommend hsi books The Rise and Fall of Merrie England and Stations of the Sun.

It is amusing to me that anyone doubts this...

Winter Solstice/Yule falls on December 20-22/Christmas is December 25th. A great many secular symbols prevail here (candles and lights--solstice is the rebirth of the light--or the sun or "the son"; frankincense had been sacred to solar gods well before the age of Christianity; trees, holly, mistletoe...)

Ostara/Eostre (feast of Teutonic spring fertility goddess) falls near full moon after spring equinox, as does EASTER (Eostre/easter???) and how about all those secular symbols we associate with easter which seem rather, ahem, fertile in their meaning (eggs, bunnies, flowers)?

Samhain (Gaelic for Summer's End)/Hallowe'en/All Saint's Day/All Soul's Day, on October 31 thru November 2: all are feasts/celebrations of the dead.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Johnny Dabone
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 11:25 PM

How the heck can we get this far in the thread without somebody mentioning the mighty Black Sabbath? C'mon now! The song "Black Sabbath" itself works wonderfully on any Halloween mix tape. You could throw in just about anything by the Sabbs, including powerhouse numbers like "Children Of The Grave" and "NIB".

If you don't have any Sabbath on a Halloween tape, you will quite likely and justly become the object of scorn by your more discriminating party-goers. C'mon now!!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Adrienne
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 12:14 AM

I don't think anyone has mentioned "Riders on the Storm" by the Doors. That always scared me to death if it came on the radio when I was home alone. Also, around 1970 there was a song called "Timothy" about a miner, trapped in a cave, resorting to cannibalism.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Genie
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 03:02 AM

How about "Bad Moon Risin'?"

Come to think of it, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" is pretty freaky,too!

Genie


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Peg
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 09:29 AM

How about "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow?


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 12:21 PM

Ghost Riders in the Sky also come to mind.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: VoxFox
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 01:44 PM

Here's a few more from the rock side, The Dead Next Door - Billy Idol Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult and Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group. This is great and I'm picking up lots of ideas for future use. Keep 'em coming. VF


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,JD
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 01:41 PM

Night Prowler by AC/DC, and Midnight Rambler by the Stones. And ANYTHING by Black Sabbath.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: iamjohnne
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 01:53 PM

I remember an old country flavored tune, cant recall the artist though:

Just moved in my new house today. Nothing was gonna drive me away. Then bells started ringing And chains rattled out.. I knew I'd moved in a haunted house.

And of course my memory fails me. I can't remember the rest of the song. I guess I am just gonna have to admit that I am old.

Johnne


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Dani
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 10:26 PM

Walking Eagle, what's "Bringing Mary Home"?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Peg
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 01:14 AM

"Are You Happy Now?" mentions Hallowe'en (a couple breaks up that day) I forget who wrote it.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 01 - 12:55 AM


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Firecat
Date: 06 Oct 01 - 12:11 PM

If you're wanting spooky pop songs, I recommend Backstreet Boys "Backstreet's Back" for it's "Thriller-esque" video. Another good one is by a five piece British pop group called allSTARS. It's called "Things That Go Bump In The Night" and it featured in their TV series STARStreet.

"Beware of the full moon
Stick to the path
Out come the creatures
With a spine-chilling laugh"


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: DMcG
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 06:22 AM

This is the first timeI've read this thread, so this thread so I've a long of catching up to do ....

Greyeyes said "Guy Fawkes night is not a big event in the calendar of English Catholics." I can see why, but in my English Catholic family it always was a big event. There are certainly places like Lewes where the anti-catholic aspects can be a major feature, but in the areas I came from the event was de-politicised and simply a great excuse for a neighbourly party.

Is the date of All Souls (2nd Nov) a co-incidence or an attempt to replace pagen festival (like All-Saints on 1st)? I always understood that All Saints was a displacement of the pagan festival, but that All Souls was placed to be next to All Saints. The theological link is that All Saints celebrates all those who have 'officially made it' but have not been allocated a special Saint's day, whereas "All Souls" celebrates those who have not been recognised officially even though those who knew them recognise their saintly qualities, together with those who, while not perhaps particular saintly were not clearly destined for damnation. Therefore together the two days celebrate all those who have triumphed over evil.

Finally some songs - The souling classics at the start of this thread, such as "A soul, a soul, a soul-cake" from lots of singers ; "Guy, Guy, Guy" which I've only heard from Martyn Windham-Read (how can anyone have three parts to a name where you are unsure how to spell any of them?) and "Cold November".

More generally, how about "Digging Graves is my Delight"?


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Julia
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 08:38 PM

How about "The Unquiet Grave", "Wife of Usher's Well", "Alabama John Cherokee" "Alison Gross" and "Ilka Moor Baht Hat"


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Julia
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 08:49 PM

Oh yes and "Tom of Bedlam" and "Lowlands"...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PHANTOM SHIP (Julia Lane)
From: Julia
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 09:14 PM

DUH! I actually wrote a supernatural song and recorded it on my album "Song of the Sea" My son came home with the story after visiting with some old fishermen near our home (in Maine)- this ship supposedly sails John's Bay on the full of the moon.
Here it is for anyone interested

THE PHANTOM SHIP © 1995 JULIA LANE BMI

When you went down to the shore last night what did you see?
Did you see a lofty ship sailing fast and free?
Sail away, sail away, sailing fast and free
Sail away, sail away, across the moonlit sea

When I went down to the shore last night a ship I saw
And the moon was like a shining sail there in the rigging tall
Shine away, shine away, there in the rigging tall
Shine away, shine away, a light to guide them all

And there upon that moonlit ship did you see a man
Who stood so tall upon the deck with sailors at command
Standing tall, standing tall, with sailors at command
Standing tall, standing tall so strong of voice and hand

Alas I saw no captain brave standing tall and true
Indeed I saw not a soul on board, neither captain or crew
Not a soul, not a soul did man the ship as she flew
Not a soul, not a soul, and the wind in the rigging blew

When you went down to the shore last night what did you see?
Did you see a lofty ship sailing fast and free?
Sail away, sail away, sailing fast and free
Sail away, sail away, across the moonlit sea

Reminds me of an old poem called "The Dash" about a similar ship that shows up when a past crew member dies to take them away. Oughta make a song out of that one too


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Genie
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 01:56 PM

This campfire thread has some scary, ghostly songs and stories, too.

Click here


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,JD
Date: 09 Oct 01 - 01:27 AM

Put a fork in this thread. It's done.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 09 Oct 01 - 05:34 PM

I wrote a parody of "The Old Barbed Wire"
"If You Want to Find the Warlock"
It took me about 30 minutes at the Folk Club. This included a lot of sing-along chorus songs as well so it is dead easy to learn. I will post as soon as I get a moment.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 09 Oct 01 - 06:32 PM

lyrics to a Halloween song, I hope the blickie works - IF YOU WANT TO FIND THE WARLOCK
history to the song - John Duncan (JD) sidled up to me one club night at the Somers FC and showed me a song - a back of the envelope, half finished, but thouroughly meritorious jobbie. One which I could quite easily finish off for him, couldn't I? Hmmmm. Well, of course it can be done but on any given night the probability is low. I begged to be excused. However, at this juncture it dawned on me that I had no repertoire to do justice to the witching eve. So in that context I did in fact move into high gear and (as if by magic) those words came. (Casting a spell?) I sang it myself one hour later. Sorry John.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: BluesMojo
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 03:24 AM

I've seen I Put A Spell On You posted several times as a CCR/John Fogerty Song, but I believe Screamin' Jay Hawkins was the one that wrote and did the definitive version of that song. I could be wrong though, it wouldn't be an earth shattering occurence :)


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 03:29 AM

http://www.electricscotland.com/burns/halloween.html


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Genie
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 03:47 PM

Abracadabra!

click here


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Genie
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 03:49 PM

Ah, guest! It worked! Your entry has been magically clickified!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Rory B
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 05:07 PM

I love the way Audience did that song (I put a spell on you) very awesome!! -Rory-


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Barracuda d'Morte
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 10:07 PM

How about some nautical halloween songs?

The Derelict (15 Men on a Dead Man's chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum) Barrett's Privateers by Stan Rodgers The Golden Vanity (Lowland Low)("but on the deck he died) Down among the Dead Men Fiddler's Green The Parting Glass The Yarn of the "Nancy Bell" ("Oh, I am the cook and the captain bold...") by W. S. Gilbert High Barbaree where the pirate ship is sunk.

Well, you get the idea.....

Also, someone early in this thread said "rickety tickety tin" and I think they meant "The Irish Ballad" by Tom Lehrer (About a maid I'll sing a song)


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: BRINGING MARY HOME (John Duffey)^^^
From: Mark Clark
Date: 18 Oct 01 - 08:03 PM

Walking Eagle and Dani mentioned John Duffey's great song “Bringing Mary Home” so I thought I'd post it here for collection later.

      - Mark



BRINGING MARY HOME

By John Duffey

I was driving down a lonely road one dark and stormy night,    (D,C,G)
When a little girl by the roadside showed up in my headlight,    (D,C,D)
I stopped and she got in back and in a shakey tone,    (G,D)
She said, “My name is Mary, please won't you take me home.”    (C,A,D,G)

She must have been so frightened all alone there in the night,
There was something strange about her, her face shone deathly white,
She sat so still and quiet in the back seat all alone,
I never will forget the night I took Mary home.

I pulled into the driveway where she told me to go,
Got out to help her from the car and opened up the door,
I just could not believe my eyes, the back seat was bare,
I looked all around the car but Mary wasn't there.

A light shone from the porch, someone opened up the door,
I inquired about the little girl that I was looking for,
A lady gently smiled at me and wiped a tear away,
She said it sure was nice of you to go out of your way.

But thirteen years ago tonight in a wreck just down the road,
Our darling Mary lost her life and we still miss her so,
So thank you for your trouble and kindness you have shown,
You're the thirteenth one who's been here, bringing Mary home.^^^


ABC File

X: 1
T: Bringing Mary Home
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
Q:1/4=120
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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Ghoulfiend
Date: 26 Oct 01 - 10:34 PM

Refreshing this, since folks will be looking for Halloween playlists.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: SDShad
Date: 31 Oct 01 - 03:54 PM

Quick refresh for anyone putting together a last-minute Halloween playlist, and a posting of my complete playlist for this year (many repeats from last year, but oh well). I've got many new ideas from this thread to hunt down for next year's list, however.....

Shad's 2001 Halloween Mix:

Jim Stafford - Swamp Witch
Blue Öyster Cult – Don't Fear The Reaper
Cledus T. Judd - Hankenstein
Santana - Black Magic Woman
INXS - Devil Inside
Twilight Zone Theme
Cliff Richard - Devil Woman
Riders On The Storm - The Doors
Elton John - Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
X-Files Theme
Police - Synchronicity II
Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner
Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance
Ralph Stanley - O, Death (from OB,WT soundtrack)
J. Geils Band - No Anchovies Please
Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders In The Sky
Don Henley - Miss Ghost
Pretty much all of the Alan Parsons Project's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination"
Donovan - Season Of The Witch
Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
Bobby Boris Pickett - The Monster Mash
Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Burning Down the House (Cardigans/Tom Jones version, for variety)
Sting - Moon Over Bourbon Street
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio for Strings and Organ in G Minor
Screamin Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You
Ventures - Sleepwalk
The Addams Family Theme
Toccata And Fugue - Bach
Warren Zevon - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
John Renbourn's Ship of Fools - Travelers' Prayer
Dark Shadows Theme
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
B-52s - Rock Lobster
Skeletons In My Closet, from the game "7th Guest" (don't laugh, it's a great song, as mentioned last year)
You Can Do Magic - America
Halloween Soundtrack - Main Theme
Crash Test Dummies - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Psycho Theme
Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
The Pogues - Wild Cats of Kilkenny
Charlie Daniels Band - Legend of Wooley Swamp
Loreena Mckennitt - All Souls Night
Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop
Atlanta Rhythm Section - Spooky
Jethro Tull - Witch's Promise
The Police - King of Pain
REM - It's The End Of The World
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Christy Moore - Burning Times
Kate Bush - Waking the Witch
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
George Thorogood - Bad To The Bone
Los Straitjackets - The Munsters Theme from Rob Zombie's "Halloween Hootenany"
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
The Suburbs - Rattle My Bones
Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Grieg - The Hall of the Mountain King
Eagles - Journey Of The Sorcerer
Jim Stafford - Spiders And Snakes
Pogues - Rake At the Gates of Hell
Gypsy Kings - Hotel California
Ray Stevens - Purple People Eater
The Who - Boris The Spider
Kate Bush - Experiment 4
Loreena Mckennitt - Samhain Night
Moxy Fruvous - Spiderman
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now
Eagles - Witchy Woman
The Pogues - Turkish Song of the Damned
The Pogues - The Sick Bed of Cuchulain
Steeleye Span - You Will Burn
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
Charlie Daniels Band- Devil Went Down To Georgia


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Subject: Lyr Add: HALLOWEEN NIGHT SONG (Dahlov Ipcar)
From: GUEST,Calico
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 05:13 AM

In a "cat hymn" thread, Charley Noble recently posted this song, which he says his mother sent him.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT SONG

(Words by Dahlov Ipcar © 2001 ;No tune)

My black cat cried to go out last night
And I wondered why, I wondered why,
For it was a cold October night
And the wind was high, the wind was high.

A great orange moon hung there above
The tossing trees, the tossing trees,
And through the wild and windy sky
Dark clouds raced across the moon
Swirling by, swirling by.

My black cat clawed and scratched the door
And mewed and cried, mewed and cried.
I could not believe he wished to leave
The fireside, the fireside.

But when I opened the door he ran
Swiftly out in the bitter night,
And in a flash he jumped astride
A broomstick that came sailing by,
And away did ride, away did ride.

So now I know that my black cat
Grows tired of chasing mice and rats
And wants to chase the little black bats
And owls that fly in the midnight sky.

If I were a witch on Halloween,
I'd like to fly, I'd like to fly,
Riding a broomstick way up high
Across the sky, across the sky.

With my black cat I'd take my flight
And chase the bats and owls of night
And never come back until day light

When the sun was high, when the sun was high.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 02:03 PM

Joe Offer: On 28-Sep-01, you asked "Can anybody supply leads to historical documents that prove the Christian feasts were established to counteract pagan celebrations held on the same dates?"

This doesn't exactly prove the statement you were questioning, but it does sort of validate the underlying philosophy. In Chapter XXX of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Book I, Bede quotes a letter from Pope Gregory I to Abbot Mellitus, A. D. 601. In it, Mellitus is instructed to carry a message to Augustine, Bishop of Canterbury*, saying that Augustine is to destroy only idols, and not the temples of the idols, but rather to convert the temples into churches.

"For there is no doubt that it is impossible to efface everything at once from their obdurate minds; because he who endeavours to ascend to the highest place, rises by degrees or steps, and not by leaps."

The letter doesn't say anything about the dates of festivals, but I think the letter is probably the source of the belief that pagan festivals were converted to Christian festivals in the same way that pagan temples were converted to Christian churches. I don't blame you for being skeptical about this belief. You are not alone. The Catholic Encyclopedia article on Christmas, which appears to be carefully researched and documented, is inconclusive about the origin of the date Dec. 25.

I am also skeptical about the theory that Dec. 25 was chosen to coincide with the winter solstice. I don't think either the people who built Stonehenge or the Christians who proselytized them were such poor astronomers as to be as much as 3 days off in their calculations.

*By the way, until I researched this topic myself, I never realized that Augustine of Canterbury and Augustine of Hippo were two different people! I had always confused them!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 02:10 PM

You sometimes confuse me as well, Jim .....

Murray


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 02:26 PM

And to make things even more confusing, in chapter XXXII of Bede's Ecclesiastical History, Gregory seems to contradict himself. He instructs King Ethelbert to "overthrow the structures of the temples"! To me that sounds like "tear them down."


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 06 - 03:03 AM

Help!

We just continued our 6-year tradition and visited Dorney Park (in Allentown PA) on the first Sunday of October. The park theme, of course, is Halloween. Every year now, I hear the same soundtrack played on the park's loudspeakers - and there are a few songs that I just HAVE to have a recording of! I (sort of) know the names of two of the songs: "The Great Escape from the Planet of the Apes" and "Moonlight Shadow". Another is by "The Cure", while another is an instrumental with a high, tinkling piano in some oddball time signature. I know that this description is fuzzy, but if anybody can help me find recordings of these songs (without asking the Park), please let me know at zteam@dejazzd.com!



Bob Zambanini


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Scoville
Date: 02 Oct 06 - 08:41 PM

I was just thinking "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" might qualify, even though it's not folk.

Somewhere I've got a Bob Beers recording of "the Black-Haired Lass" that features a ghost, too.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Oct 06 - 12:32 PM

the annual general meeting of the ghosts by john m garrett is good.it used to be available in a book called Jims yolk songs, from the EFDSS.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Cats
Date: 04 Oct 06 - 12:45 PM

A couple of years ago on 31st October, Jon, MIke O'Connor and I did an evening for some people from USA who were over in Cornwall looking for their spiritual roots. We did an evening for them in a hotel overlooking the sea at Tintagel. The weather outside was seriously rough and the sea was crashing on the rocks just outside the window, gales blowing in... get the picture? We did alot of local folklore ranging from a celtic blessing with candles being lit to open the evening, I told the story of Mr Fox's Wedding and as well as Tam Lin [only 42 verses of it] we did Reynardine and in one part just sang the vowel sounds to get a very spooky effect!! Very spooky. THis year Mike and I are playing in Bodmin at the Local History Society. I am doing the true story of Joan Wytte, the witch from Bodmin who ended up as an exhibit in the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle [if you've seen the skeleton, you'll know who I mean. Mike has written the music for it and has written a song about her called Spirit in the Storm. If you're anywhere around the area come along as it will be a very poignant evening. If you want to sing the songs, please do.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 04 Oct 06 - 01:03 PM

I thought I mentioned this in this threaed before but maybe another thread. Kate Long of Washington State. Puyallup??? wrote this absolutely wonderful song about a disfigured child who only felt normal on Halloween and joined in the activities and then became a recluse for the rest of the year. It was very moving and very subtle so you don't get it till the end. She has a CD out. mg


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Subject: Lyr Add: CREMATION OF SAM MCGEE (Robert Service)
From: GUEST,RB
Date: 05 Oct 06 - 02:37 AM

Here's a creepy one I haven't noticed on the list yet, by Robert Service. The great California singer Mary McCaslin recorded this back in the seventies.

THE CREMATION OF SAM MCGEE


There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee,
Where the cotton blooms and blows.
Why he left his home in the South to roam
'Round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold, but the land of gold
Seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way
That he'd "sooner live in hell".

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way
Over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! Through the parka's fold
It stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze
Till sometimes we couldn't see;
It wasn't much fun, but the only one
To whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight
In our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead
Were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and "Cap," says he,
"I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I'm asking that you
Won’t refuse my last request."

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no;
Then he says with a sort of moan:
"It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold
Till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.
Yet 'tain't being dead -- it's my awful dread
Of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair,
You’ll cremate my last remains."

A pal's last need is a thing to heed,
So I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn;
But God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day
Of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all
That was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn't a breath in that land of death,
And I hurried, horror-driven,
With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid,
Because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say:
"You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it's up to you
To cremate those last remains."

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid,
And the trail has its own stern code.
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb,
In my heart how I cursed that load.
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight,
While the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows --
O God! How I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay
Seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent
And the grub was getting low;
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad,
But I swore I would not give in;
And I'd often sing to the hateful thing,
And it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge,
And a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice
It was called the "Alice May".
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit,
And I looked at my frozen chum;
Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry,
"Is my cre-ma-tor-eum."

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor,
And I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around,
And I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared --
Such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal,
And I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn't like
To hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled,
And the wind began to blow.
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled
Down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak
Went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow
I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about
Ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said:
"I'll just take a peep inside.
I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked"; . . .
Then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm,
In the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile,
And he said: "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear
You’ll let in the cold and storm --
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee,
It’s the first time I've been warm."

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 10:19 PM

The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 10:28 PM

Love Potion # 9 - The Searchers
Creatures Of The Night - Kiss
Strange Magic - Electric Light Orchestra
Halloween Parade - Lou Reed
Outer Limits - The Marketts


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Sep 07 - 05:30 PM

My grandson's preschool teacher read them a Halloween book the other day which was an adaptation of the "There was an old woman who swallowed a fly." It was really cute, but I wish she'd taught it to them as a song, instead of just the book. Anyway, if I remember correctly it went,

There was an old woman who swallowed a bat
Why she did that, I don't know why,
Imagine that!

There was an old woman who swallowed an owl to catch the bat
Why she did that, I don't know why,
Imagine that!

There was an old woman who swallowed a cat to catch the owl to catch the bat
Why she did that, I don't know why,
Imagine that!

There was an old woman who swallowed a ghost to catch the cat to catch the owl to catch the bat
Why she did that, I don't know why,
Imagine that!

There was an old woman who swallowed a goblin to catch the ghost to catch the cat to catch the owl to catch the bat
Why she did that, I don't know why,
Imagine that!

I'll have to check on the ending as somehow you get to why she did it was to say, "Trick or Treat, Happy Halloween!"


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,maeflye63
Date: 23 Oct 07 - 12:11 AM

Thank you all so much for all these wonderful songs I will have to check here again for more. Do you do that on other subjects too.
Great site so far.
Thanks again
Smiles :o)
maeflye63


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 Oct 07 - 03:36 AM

Halloween comes to Industrial Lancashire?

We've come a cob-a-coalin,cob-a-coalin,cob-a-coalin,
We've come a cob-a-coalin,for Bonfire neet (night)

The first to come is a Collier you see
With his pick and his shovel all ready to dig
He digs it and picks it and makes the coal fall
And that is the way we gather cob coal.

We've come a cob-a-coalin ......................


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Kenny B
Date: 23 Oct 07 - 08:05 PM

How about
The Kirk Douglas Ghoulie and The Dundee Ghost both in the DT


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Judy Cook
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 04:06 PM

Glad to see that Julia mentioned Alison Gross
"And then as it happened, last Halloween
The faerey court came riding by
The queen lighted down on the gowany bank
Not far from the place where I did lie..."

I didn't notice if "The Ghostly Crew" was listed. That's another good'n.

--Judy Cook


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,GrannyInWales
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 09:09 PM

This is my favourite Hallowe'en song, it's from Allan Smethurst otherwise known as "The Singing Postman" There's a little of the Norfolk dialect in it which I have to write phonetically as I don't know the proper spelling...

Some folks say by the light of the day
They don't believe tha's true
That folks will roam, far from their home
And the witches make their brew
Dew you go where the lights are low
They don't seem quite so keen
And they don't dare, go anywhere
On the night of Hallowe'en.

Now we all go down to the old churchyard
I dust you go inside
You're not far from the old hall beyond
Where the headless horsemen ride
Then you prick those doors seven times
And I know that you will scream
When the devil pops his head out the top
On the night of Hallowe'en.

Ghosts don't like nobody
They all make awful cries
They weep and moan, grunt and groan
And they don't like exorcise
See them walk through the castle walls
As though there's nothin' between
So don't you stray, too far away
On the night of Hallowe'en.

Now we all know Shuck he's a rare old dog
He likes to prowl around
Waiting for, down on the shore
The master who was drowned
His hair is black, his teeth are red
His eyes oh how they gleam
If he gets you, it's toodle-oo
On the night of Hallowe'en


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 10:17 PM

Hey CD,
I've been searching for years for the words to this song.
Did anyone come up with any more of the lyrics?

Hallowee-ee-een the witch is riding high
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky
So beware, don't you dare
la la la, la la la
Or she will come and pull your hair!

Thanks,
rjp


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Subject: RE:Halloween Songs---Looking for rabbitrunning
From: GUEST,The witch is riding high
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 10:23 PM

Hey rabbit,
I've been searching for years for the words to this song.
Did anyone come up with any more of the lyrics?

Hallowee-ee-een the witch is riding high
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky
So beware, don't you dare
la la la, la la la
Or she will come and pull your hair!

Thanks,
rjp


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 10:31 AM

"The Smell of French Perfume"-Great Big Sea


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,David
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 10:43 PM

We used to sing this in puplic school in 1968 when I was in grade 3. It was in our class song books.   ...one of my favs as a kid.

After a few minutes of google I was finally able to find the words on someones blog in Europe.

"Hallowee-ee-een there are witches flying by.
Have you see-ee-een their shadows in the sky?
So beware don't you dare,
Give a boast or a ghost
Might come and pull your hair!"

There ya go!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Rabbit girl
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 08:07 AM

Did anyone find all the words to the Halloween song below. Here is what we have so far:

Hallowee-ee-een there are witches flying by.
Have you see-ee-een their shadows in the sky?
So beware don't you dare,
Give a boast or a ghost
Might come and pull your hair!"

There is also a line about "hurry home or a gnome will thump a lump upon your dome".

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 11:28 AM

Rent the DVD or video of "Fantasia." Watch the "A Night on Bald Mountain" segment, with Leopold Stowkowski conducting. Now, tell me of a better audio-visual image for Hallowe'en.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 01:53 PM

GUEST,GRANNY IN WALES,yes its a great song ,our children used to love it as children.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,their shadows in the sky!
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 07:38 PM

My Life is now complete. Happy Halloween to those who replied to complete this Halloween ditty! I can't wait to call my brother. Russ P.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,GUEST, PTin Texas
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 07:47 PM

I've sung this tune to my kids for years remembering it from elementary school, but have been trying to get all the words of the second verse. This is what I remember:

Hallowee-ee-en, the witch is riding high.
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky?
So beware don't you dare to even boast or a ghost
To your dismay will hear you say
That you don't care, say a prayer
Or it may come and pull your hair.

There's a big, black cat a crossing in our way.
Now you've heard of that, bad luck they always say.
Weren't you scared when it stared with eyes aglow
[???????????????]
Let's hurry home or a gnome
Will thump a lump upon your dome.


There is a line or two missing in the second verse that I've been trying to get for years. Anyone remember?


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 07:59 PM

Wow,

I've thought of that Halloween song for years and couldn't even remember the 1st verse completely! Hopefully someone can fill in the blanks!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,a canadian...
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 08:21 PM

Every year, I hum this tune to my kids..telling them that when I was in 3rd grade..in 1968, we use to sing this song..what wonderful memories, thank you....Happy Halloween


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Rabbit girl
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 08:25 PM

Thank you PTin Texas! I called my sister and now she believes me that there really was the verse that ended "hurry home or a gnome will thump a lump upon your dome". For years on Halloween we would call each other and sing that first verse of the song and then at the end I'd put in the part about the gnome and she always accused me of making that up. I am redeemed.

Thank you from Wisconsin.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,ds in NS Canada
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 03:11 PM

missing lines from song's second verse! (??????????????)
*from 1970 grade 1 song sheet (the things I hang on to)

Hallowee-ee-en, the witch is riding high.
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky?
So beware don't you dare to even boast or a ghost
To your dismay will hear you say
That you don't care, say a prayer
Or it may come and pull your hair

There's a big, black cat a crossing in our way.
Now you've heard of that, bad luck they always say.
Weren't you scared when it stared with eyes aglow
**Hear that crow?
There's a thump near the pump***
Let's hurry home or a gnome
Will thump a lump upon your dome.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,PT in Texas
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 05:07 PM

I can't believe you have it! Thanks so much! Every year I have to make four phone calls to my two (adult) kids and their spouses to sing this over the phone. It's a tradition they won't let me forget.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 07:28 PM

Thank you DS in Nova Scotia! We have it! You guys are great! I thought there was something about a crow and a pump.

This song has stumped me for years. I too, had that songbook in school in 1970?? when I was about 10 years old. That particular song is one that sticks in your mind every Halloween.

Now I gotta call my sister!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Dec 07 - 02:55 PM

The Animals - Little Red Riding Hood
actual song


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,kiki
Date: 20 Dec 07 - 09:48 PM

No one seems to have mentioned Pearls Before Swine's "I Shall Not Care"


When I am dead
And over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair
Though you should lean
Above me broken-hearted
I shall not care

Words that were not said
Songs that were not sung
Tears that were not shed
Deeds that were not done

I was not
I was
I am not
I do not care

Words that were not said
Songs that were not sung
Tears that were not shed
Deeds that were not done

I shall have peace
As leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bow
And I shall be
More silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Dec 07 - 10:28 PM

Thanks, kiki. Beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 21 Dec 07 - 08:55 AM

Margaret lay on a fine feather bed
The Halloween drew near
When a dreadful form came to her room
And to her did appear.

"Are you my father the king" she said
"Are you my brother John
Or are you my truelove William
From Scotland coming home?"


"I'm not your father the king" he said
"I'm not your brother John
But I am your truelove William
From Scotland I've returned?"

"Margaret, Ladt Margaret" he said
"In love, in charity
Will you give me back the plighted troth
That once, love, I gave thee."

"No I'll not give you back your plighted troth
Nor any other thing
Until you take me to your father's house
Where oft-times I have have been."

He's taken her to his father's house
And as they did enter in
The gates swung open at their own free will
To let young William in.

"Margaret, Ladt Margaret" he said
"In love, in charity
Will you give me back the plighted troth
That once, love, I gave thee."

"No I'll not give you back your plighted troth
Nor any other thing
Until you take me to the chapel hall
And marry me with a ring."

He's taken her to the chapel hall
And as they did enter in
The locks flew asunder at their own free will
To let young William in.

"Margaret, Ladt Margaret" he said
"In love, in charity
Will you give me back the plighted troth
That once, love, I gave thee."

She took the cross from around her neck
And laid it on his breast
Saying "Take you back your plighted troth
And in Heaven your soul find rest."

Silent stood the red red cock
But loudly called the grey
"It is time for the living to depart the dead
And so you must away."


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,polly
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 10:33 PM

hey all,

i am getting married this halloween, and am looking for cool songs for the reception. more specifically, a garter toss song and a bouquet toss song. cheers!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 11:53 PM

Well, you've got to have the Monster Mash...it'll get folks moving for sure! Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Halloween is my husband's birthday!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Guest (Bob Zambanini)
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 02:13 PM

Please help! Every year we visit Dorney Park (Allentown) on the first Sunday of October. This tradition goes back to and including 2000, although (a) we skipped last year due to illness, (b) we did it the second Sunday of October this year, and (c) it was probably our last time this year due to stupid new rules, rude people running the rides, and stupid new procedures (such as closing the flume ride when temps were in the 70s).

Anyway, I'm trying to find a few songs from the soundtrack from the early years of our tradition (i.e., 2000-2004). I found 3 of them already: "Escape from the Planet of the Ant Men," "Tubular Bells," and "Under the Milky Way." However, I cannot locate the other song! It sounds like they're singing "Moonlight Shadow," but I'm starting to think that they are NOT singing these words, since the song is NOT the one by Mike Oldfield. It's a rather low, male voice singing it to a sort of swing beat.

Can anybody help me locate this song?


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 03:35 PM

Couple more suggestions from the Celtic side:

Wexford Mummer's Carol
Carlin Maggie
Molly Malone (that old chestnut? Yeah!)
*and*
Dia Luain, Dia Mairt
(Google "Barbary Grant" for a good recorded translation)
(and it's my translation, so cough up if you use it!)


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 03:43 PM

Note to last post --
Barbary recorded "Dia Luain, Dia Mairt" as "Donal Hunchback" on her CD "Celtic for Kids"...


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 04:31 PM

I always thought 'Black Magic Woman' was by Peter Green, not Santana, and referred to his girlfriends' choice of chocolates. Really.


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST,TheMom
Date: 25 Oct 10 - 05:31 PM

For rabbitrunning:

Hallowee-ee-een the witch is riding high
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky
So beware, don't you dare
to even say you don't care, say a prayer
Or she will come and pull your hair!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 01:49 PM

I am stretched on your grave - Kate Rusby does this, though my version's better, I think :)


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 08:16 PM

Hallowee-ee-een the witch is riding high
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky
So beware, don't you dare
To even boast, or a ghost,
To your dismay will hear you say
That you don't care, say a prayer,
Or it will come and puuulll yoouurr hair!


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Oct 10 - 08:45 PM

To Guest, Bob Zambanini, your request will most likely get lost in this thread. It's always a good idea to start a new thread for a specific request such as yours. I've done so for you: CLICK HERE. Chances are someone will know the song and you'll have found it at the "Mudcat!"

ATB,

kat - a moderator


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Subject: RE: Halloween Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 01:21 PM

Hallowee-ee-een the witch is riding high
Have you see-ee-een her shadow in the sky
So beware, don't you dare
To even boast, or a ghost,
To your dismay will hear you say
That you don't care, say a prayer,
Or it will come and spooook yooou OUT!!!


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