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Category Archives: Traditional folk song
I like the man’s kindness to his former love.
The contented man makes the best of his poverty with home-spun philosophy. From my collection of songs printed by the presses of Seven dials in London in the 18th & 19th century.
I’m not sure where I found the words – t’was a long time ago. The painting is from an online collection of everyday life in 19th century America.
A traditional English song with a better than usual ending, and one of Robert Pauly‘s fine paintings.
This song, frequently heard in the mid sixties English folk clubs, was written by Bob Gibson, Lester Brown & John D Loudermilk in 1963. Abilene, Kansas, now a big city, was the railhead town at the end of the Chisholm … Continue reading
A familiar theme in traditional story and song. I’ve forgotten where I heard this version. Click a pic to see them all larger. The ‘quirky tweed’ wedding photos are from Weddbook.com
I went to sing at an army base, knocked on the door of a hut and was greeted by a man dressed as a rather revolting woman. My agent hadn’t told me I was booked to entertain at an officers’ … Continue reading
In my imagination the lady with no shortage of suitors looks like the one in Chris Saper‘s lovely painting.
Brave Dudley Boys dates from about 1830, a time of unrest following the Napoleonic Wars with ever-lower workers’ pay, longer hours and miserable housing. Pam Bishop’s perfect tune breathes fire into the broadside.