From the recording Jefferson and Liberty
"Smash the Windows"is also known as "Roaring Jelly"or "The Jelly Jig." There has been a persistent rumor that both titles refer to plastic explosives. While that makes a good story, the tune and its titles predate the explosives by about 80 years. It is more likely that the "jelly" title refers to the rolling boil required for cooking jellies and jams. It was often used as the accompaniment for the country dance "The Haymakers' Jig," an Irish ancestor of the American contra dance "The Virginia Reel." "Kesh Jig" and "Tenpenny Bit" are also originally from the country-dance repertoire, and all three have remained popular as session tunes in Irish and Scottish circles.