Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trad Tuesday - The Frost is All Over played by The Chieftains and the Low Anthem



The Frost is All Over is a jig that has been around for over 400 years. It is known by many names including: “The American Dwarf,” “Kitty Lie Over,” “Paddy’s Return,” “The Mist Of Clonmel,” “The Praties Are Dug,” “What Would You Do If You Married A Soldier?,” and “What Would I Do If The Kettle Boiled Over?”

The Chieftains are perhaps the premier Traditional Irish band, formed in 1962. They have played all over the world with an amazing amount of guests. Here they are playing with the Low Anthem, a Indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island.

Lyrics:

What would you do if the kettle boiled over?
What would I do but to fill it again
What would you do if the cows eat the clover?
What would I do but to set it again
The praties are dug and the frost is all over
Kitty lie over close to the wall
How would you like to be married to a solider?
Kitty lie over close to the wall

What would you do if you married a solider?
What would I do only follow his gun
What would you do if he died on the ocean?
What would I do only marry again
The praties all boil and the herrings are roasted
Kitty lie over close to the wall
You to be drunk and I to be sober
Kitty lie over close to the wall

What would you do if the kettle boiled over?
What would I do but to fill it again
What would you do if the cows eat the clover?
What would I do but to set it again
The praties are dug and the frost is all over
Kitty lie over close to the wall
How would you like to be married to a solider?
Kitty lie over close to the wall