Question about Howl's Saucepan Song

Irina Rempt-Drijfhout ira at rempt.xs4all.nl
Thu Jul 29 14:53:21 EDT 1999


On Thu, 29 Jul 1999, deborah wrote:

> Does anyone know the origin of Calcifer's "silly saucepan song"
> in Howl's moving castle?  Is it in Welsh?  Is "they think so much
> about me that they always play without me" that Howl sings when
> drunk from the same song?

I don't know about its origin, but yes, it's in Welsh and it's what
Welsh rugby fans sing at matches. Howl's text is obviously not *from*
the song; he's just upset because he's a Welsh rugby player and the
team doesn't invite him to play.

Mae bys Meri Ann wedi brifo
A Dafydd y gwas ddim yn iach
Mae'r baban yn y cryd yn crio
A'r gath wedi scrapo Joni bach.
   Sospan fach yn berwi ar y tân
   Sospan fawr yn berwi ar y llawr
   A'r gath wedi scrapo Joni bach.

Mae bys Meri Ann wedi gwella
A Dafydd y gwas yn ei fedd
Mae'r baban yn y cryd yn chwerthin
A'r gath wedi huno yn ei hedd.
   Sospan fach yn berwi ar y tân
   Sospan fawr yn gollwng ar y llawr
   A'r gath wedi huno yn ei hedd.


Translation:

Mary Ann has cut her finger
And Dafydd the servant isn't well.
The baby in the cradle is crying
And the cat has scratched little Johnny.
   The little saucepan boiling on the fire
   The big saucepan boiling on the floor
   And the cat has scratched little Johnny.

Mary Ann's finger is better
And Dafydd the servant is in his grave.
The baby in the cradle is laughing
And the cat is peacefully asleep.
   The little saucepan boiling on the fire
   The big saucepan forgotten on the floor
   And the cat is peacefully asleep.

I can sing it, but I don't think that comes over well in ASCII :-)

   Irina   


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