This is old Hollantide night; Hop-tu-naa.
The moon shines bright; Trol-la-laa
Cock of the hens; Hop-tu-naa.
Supper of the heifer; Trol-la-laa
Which heifer shall we kill? Hop-tu-naa.
The little speckled heifer. Trol-la-laa
The fore-quarter, Hop-tu-naa.
We'll put in the pot for you. Trol-la-laa
The little hind quarter, Hop-tu-naa.
Give to us, give to us. Trol-la-laa
I tasted the broth, Hop-tu-naa.
I scalded my tongue, Trol-la-laa
I ran to the well, Hop-tu-naa.
And drank my fill; Trol-la-laa
On my way back, Hop-tu-naa.
I met a witch cat; Trol-la-laa
The cat began to grin, Hop-tu-naa.
And I ran away. Trol-la-laa
Where did you run to? Hop-tu-naa.
I ran to Scotland. Trol-la-laa
What were they doing there? Hop-tu-naa.
Baking bannocks and roasting collops. Trol-la-laa
If you are going to give us anything, give it us soon,
Or we'll be away by the light of the moon.
SHOH shenn oie Houiney; Hop-tu-naa.
T'an eayst soilshean; Trol-la-laa.
Kellagh ny kiarkyn; Hop-tu-naa
Shibber ny gauin; Trol-la-laa.
'Cre'n gauin marr mayd ? Hop-tu-naa
Yn gauin veg vreac. Trol-la-laa.
Yn chione kerroo, Hop-tu-naa
Ver mayd 'sy phot diu; Trol-la-laa.
Yn kerroo veg cooyl, Hop-tu-naa
Cur dooin, cur dooin. Trol-la-laa.
Hayst mee yn anvroie, Hop-tu-naa
Scoald mee my hengey, Trol-la-laa.
Ro'e mee gys y chibber, Hop-tu-naa
As diu mee my haie, Trol-la-laa.
Er my raad thie, Hop-tu-naa
Veeit mee kayt-vuitsh; Trol-la-laa.
Va yn chayt-scryssey, Hop-tu-naa
As ren mee roie ersooyl. Trol-la-laa.
Cre'n raad ren oo roie, Hop-tu-naa
Roie mee gys Albin. Trol-la-laa.
Cred v'ad jannoo ayns shen ? Hop-til-naa
Fuinney bonnagyn as rostey sthalgyn. Trol-la-laa.
MY ta shiu goll dy chur red erbee dooin, cur dooin tappee eh,
Ny vees mayd ersooyl liorish soilshey yn cayst
Jinny the witch flew over the house, to get the stick to lather the mouse.
Your mother's gone away and she won't be back until the morning.
Hop-tu-Naa, Put in the pot,
Hop-tu-Naa, Scald my trot (throat),
Hop-tu-Naa, I met an ole woman,
Hop-tu-Naa, She was baking bonnags,
Hop-tu-Naa, I asked her for a bit,
Hop-tu-Naa, She gave me a bit, as big as my toe.
Hop-tu-Naa, She dipped it in milk,
Hop-tu-Naa, She wrapped it in silk,
Jinny the witch went over the house, to catch a stick to lather the mouse.
If you don't give us something, we'll run away with the light of the moon.
Jinny the Witch she ate the horse,
She ate the mane and the tail of course.
Jinny the Witch she ate the cow,
But how she ate it, I don't know how.
Jinny the Witch she ate the sheep,
She left the wool all in a heap.
Jinny the Witch she ate the hog,
She ate the cat and she ate the dog.
Jinny the Witch went into the house,
She ate the ringie, she ate the mouse.
Jinny the Witch, she'll soon be in view,
And if you're not careful she'll eat you too.
Jinny the Witch, she's in your house,
Give us a penny and we'll chase her out.
If you're going to give us something, give us it soon,
For we want to be home by the light of the moon.
Jinny the witch went over the house to fetch a stick to lather the mouse.
I went to London,
What did you see there?
I saw a lady baking cakes,
I asked for one, she gave me two.
The best o' woman I ever knew.