Be not mistaken with The Blacksmith song.
Copyright by Glauco Leo: dadgad and classical guitar, fiddle.
The blacksmith is a very important figure in Ireland.
A legend tells about Stingy Jack, better known as Jack the Smith. He lived several centuries ago and he was known as a deceiver, manipulator and drunkard all over Ireland.
It was said once the Devil decided Jack should have had to follow him to the hell, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree. Quickly Jack placed crosses around the trunk and carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn't get down.
After long arguing, Jack let the Devil go only when he agreed to take his soul anymore. After a short time Jack died, as all living things do.
Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well.
Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him, from the flames of hell, an amber that would never burn out. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food), put the amber inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place.
He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-Lantern.
So here's the Halloween habit to put behind the windows or in the garden a Jack O'Lantern to keep away the deads which want to take away the lives.
Nowdays it is used to carve a monstrous face on pumpkins, which during night light on thanks to a candle inside them.
This Halloween american tradition comes from the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced sow-an [ˈsˠaunʲ]). The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".
The Blacksmith - Sheet music