I have just come across this version of the Hop-tu-Naa song from Castletown. It is from Wikipedia and contains no source other than it is “The 1970s Southern version from Castletown.” It was either sung them and remebered by the contributor or was “cooked up” in the 1970s.
Does any one have any further information on this version? I have tried to reformat it as best as I can.
This is ’Ald Hallow-tine Night
The moon shines clear and bright
Jinnie the Witch jumped over the College
To fetch the stick to stir the porridge
Castletown Square is mighty bare,
There isn’t a statue that should have been there
The castle is grey, and Parliament gone,
The harbour is quiet, no smugglers run
When [the] lights were turned out and no sweets were given we also sang a further chorus:
This is Old Hallow-tine Night
The moon is shining bright
If you’re going to bring us money
You better bring it quick
As we may start to sing again
And your neighbors will think you’re thick
Jinnie the Witch is over the mill
If you don’t give us something quick
She will come and get you.
It does suggest to me to be a contemporary piece, the mention of Parliament and not the Keys or Tynwald seems to be to be a little odd and the reference to the missing statue of Governor Smelt seems well out of place.
Does any one have any further information at all?