“The Four-Loom Weaver”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (recording, Ewan MacColl)
Keywords: poverty unemployment weaving hardtimes starvation wife worker
Found in: Britain(England(North))

Description

Singer, a weaver, laments hard times -- his clothes are worn out, his furniture repossessed, his family starved and keeping alive by eating boiled nettles. His wife states that if she had clothes to wear she would go to London and confront the wealthy

Notes

The period 1819-1820, following the Napoleonic Wars, brought unemployment and starvation to much of the English working class. - PJS

According to MacColl-Shuttle, this is attributed to "John o' Greenfield." - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. MacColl-Shuttle, pp. 4-5, "The Four Loom Weaver" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, FOURLOOM*
  3. Roud #937
  4. BI, DTfourlo