Fourpence a Day

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Title - Fourpence a Day
Contributors - Ewan MacColl
Reporters - Ewan MacColl

Summary - This song was collected by Ewan MacColl and Joan Littlewood at a pensioners' club in Teesdale, Yorkshire.

The song tells of a boy rising at five o'clock on a snowy morning to go and wash lead for fourpence a day. His father wanted him to stay at school but could not afford the fee. The song ends with the hope that the Turk [i.e. the boss] will soften and give him the legal rate of ninepence.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:51
Date Recorded - 1953
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 7946
Original Tape ID - SA1953.241
Original Track ID - SA1953.241.A2
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R2586;

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - 3 verses and choruses. Recorded at the 3rd People's Festival Ceilidh in Edinburgh in 1953.

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