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Tom Paxton – Whose Garden Was This Lyrics 19 years ago
I think it depends from which version are you talking about. There are several recordings, and he may change sometimes a word or two.

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Peter, Paul and Mary – A Soalin' Lyrics 19 years ago
Thank you for the information. Greetings from Spain!

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Peter, Paul and Mary – A Soalin' Lyrics 19 years ago
I have the song also in a PPM song book, and it's definitely "soal" and "soalin". Also, if you hear the live version, Peter explains the meaning of a'soalin', saying that is "beg from house to house in Christmas".

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