“Moving-On Song”

Author: Ewan MacColl
Earliest date: c. 1961 (radio ballad, "The Traveling People")
Keywords: Gypsy travel childbirth rejection money
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))

Description

"Born in the middle of the afternoon In a horse-drawn wagon on the old A5." Wherever travelers stop, they are ordered away -- they lower the price of property, they have no work. "You'd better get born in someplace else, so move along, get along, SHIFT!"

Notes

Although this is obviously a modern composed song, I was surprised to find what amount to two "field collections" -- by Sheila Stewart and Johnny Connors. Does that make it traditional? It would seem to imply at the very least that it touched a nerve. I am, very hesitantly, indexing it. - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. DT, MOVEON
  2. Roud #6852
  3. BI, RcMovOn