bigmanio | January 27, 2008
Old Childrens nursery song for all ages
"Coulter's Candy, also known as "Ally Bally", is a Scottish folk song, originating from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.
It was written by Robert Coltard (died 1890) as an advertising jingle for an aniseed-flavoured sweet, manufactured in Melrose. The recipe is no longer known, but the song lived on. In 1958 a letter to The Weekly Scotsman reported that a man remembered hearing it from his grandmother, who in turn had learned the song in around 1845. It was collected in a children's playground in 1964 by James T. Ritche, who published it in a book called The Singing Street.
However, Norman Buchan published it earlier in "101 Scottish Songs", Collins, 1962. He states there: "This song probably produced more correspondence than any other when I printed it in 'The Weekly Scotsman' a few years ago. Robert Coultart - the 'Coulter' of the song - made and sold his own candy round all the country fairs and markets in the Borders..............etc. "...
This video is also reposted on http://www.cocojams.com/content/showcase-videos. A parody of this song is posted on http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-parodies-0
Also visit http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=1183 lyr/Origins: Coulter's Candy (Caulter's ?) for a discussion about this song. In addition, visit http://www.mamalisa.com/?p=787&t=es&c=110 for other versions and commentary about this song.
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