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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
11-Jun-17 - 12:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Best and oldest protest songs.
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Best and oldest protest songs.
The Song of the Lower Classes

From Mainly Norfolk;

The writer, Ernest Jones, stood unsuccessfully as a Chartist MP in 1847, was arrested in 1848 and sentenced to two years of solitary confinement.

From 1851 on, he started publishing a weekly magazine, Notes to the People, in which this song was published in March 1852.

Set to the three-part hymn Otford by Martin Carthy and released in 1982.