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Thread #2574   Message #2743695
Posted By: Herga Kitty
11-Oct-09 - 05:20 PM
Thread Name: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
Subject: RE: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
Re Padgett's post of 23 July - Nic Jones, when he was with the Halliard, set a tune to a Birmingham broadside ballad called the Workhouse Boy.

The chorus goes, "And we all of us say it, and we say it with sneers, Jamie's been murdered by the overseers". It isn't clear whether this is about child labour though, it could be about recycling workhouse children as soup, though the mention of breeches in the soup copper suggests that Jamie might have fallen in while working in the kitchen. I used to sing it with Mick Pearce.