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- The Sloth and
the Greed, Pete Morton, from his
first album Frivolous Love.
- The Old Miner,
Written by an old miner at Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
Collected by John Moreton in the 1960s. Published in
Songs of the Midlands (ed. Roy Palmer).
- Old King Coal,
John Kirkpatrick. Written for the documentary play The
Dirty Hill produced at the New Victoria Theatre,
Newcastle under Lyme.
Traditional. The version sung by Bert Lloyd on First
- A Most Unpleasant Way,
Sir, Dave Goulder. Published in January Man
and other Songs (1971) : “If like me you enjoy a walk
in the rain, then you will understand why I indulge
myself with fantasies like this.”
- Old Horse,
Traditional. Reworked by Martin Carthy and recorded on
Out of the Cut.
- She Moved
through the Fair, Traditional.
Adapted from “Our Wedding Day” by Padraic Colum and
published in Irish Country Songs by Herbert Hughes.
- Back in Durham Gaol,
Jes Lowe. Published in Songs of Jez Lowe (1988).
Inspired by the old Tommy Armstrong song, “Nae good
luck in Durham Gaol”.
- Down Where the Drunkards
Roll, Richard Thompson. Recorded on I Want
To See The Bright Lights Tonight.
- Searching for Lambs,
Traditional. Sung by Mrs Sweet at Somerton, Somerset
on 16 Aug 1907. Collected by Cecil Sharp.
- The Derby Ram,
Traditional. Tune: "Poole’s Rambles". Text from
various sources; the “nostril” verse comes from a
version sung by Mrs Margaret Jack Dodd at Beechgrove
Virginia on 25 May 1918 and collected by Cecil Sharp.
- Song Composed in August,
Robert Burns. Tune: "I had a horse, I had nae mair".
From The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (ed. James
Kinsley). One of Burns’ earliest songs, linked to an
association with Peggy Thomson of Kirkoswald, who
lived next door to the school where Burns studied in
1775 : she “overset my trigonometry and set me off at
a tangent from the sphere of my studies.”
- Gone, Gonna Rise Again,
Si Kahn. Found in the magazine New City Songster Vol.
- Perfumes of Arabia,
Maggie Holland. From the album Down to the Bone.
“Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of
Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!”
- Just Like John
Barleycorn, Pete Morton. Also from
- Don’t Sit on
my Jimmy Shands, Richard Thompson.
From the album Rumor and Sigh.