“The Merchants”

Author: Paddy Dover
Earliest date: 1977 (Lehr/Best)
Keywords: hardheartedness poverty commerce nonballad
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

"It's all about the cruel rogues of merchants No pity or love do they show." They live a life of ease and luxury and sell poor goods and show no charity. But death found rich and poor on Florizel and Titanic and will find the merchants too.

Notes

Florizel and Titanic, of course, are famous Newfoundland wrecks with songs of their own. - BS

It's a sad irony to note that, on the Titanic at least, losses were heavier among the third class passengers (who were down below) than the rich in first class. - RBW

References

  1. Lehr/Best 78, "The Merchants" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, LeBe078