Mudcat Café message #387479 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #30259   Message #387479
Posted By: GUEST,JTT
01-Feb-01 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Help: Shule Aroon: sell my rock, rod, reel
Subject: RE: Help: Shule Aroon: sell my rock, rod, reel
The rock is a kind of hexagonal gadget on which you wind your wool as you spin it, in Ireland anyway. The reel is the part the wool spins from.

Incidentally, in Ireland the next line is normally sung as "I'll sell my only spinning-wheel, to buy my love a *coat* of steel", though abroad it's become more militant and is sold to finance a sword.