“The Low-Backed Car”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: homesickness emigration hardtimes lament lyric
Found in: Canada(Newf)


"It's onward we travel through life's weary journey Our thoughts oft returns to the bright days of yore, To the scenes of our childhood" in and around St John's. Some day good times will return and we will go back to "be happy by the old low-backed car"


Greenleaf/Mansfield notes that "This is a song about a boy who grew up in St John's but was forced to leave Newfoundland when economic conditions prevented him from getting a living there ... The low-backed car marked a street in St John's" - BS

Note that there is no connection, save the title, between this and the song we have indexed as "The Low Back Car." - RBW


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 120, "The Low-Backed Car" (1 text)
  2. Roud #17751
  3. BI, GrMa120