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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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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: 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: 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,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: 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,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,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,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: 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,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: 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: katlaughing
Date: 20 Dec 07 - 10:28 PM

Thanks, kiki. Beautiful 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: 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
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,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,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,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,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,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,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,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: 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,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: 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,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,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---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,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
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,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: Kenny B (inactive)
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: 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: 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: 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,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: GUEST
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 10:19 PM

The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley


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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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 02:03 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: 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: 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: 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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