A Song for Shrove Tuesday
I found an interesting folk song fit for Pancake Day in the Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection, part of the British Library's fascinating archive of sound recordings. The song was recorded in Ilminster, Somerset in 1983 and was taught to the singer, Mrs. Louisa Norman, by her father.
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, poor Jack went to plough,
His mother made some pancakes, she didn’t know how,
She twisted them, she turned them, she made them so black,
She put so much pepper, she poisoned poor Jack!
I am planning on whipping up some pancakes this evening, here's hoping they turn out better than Jack's mother's efforts!
The Pancake Woman by Willem van Mieris (1662–1747). Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum