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Thread #2173 Message #928942
Posted By: Herga Kitty
08-Apr-03 - 05:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Poverty Knock
Subject: RE: Source for Poverty Knock
Pete Coe sings "Poverty Knock", and reckons that Tom Daniel probably wrote it. I asked Pete about the source a year or so ago after I'd heard it introduced by Mike Harding on the radio as a traditional song, and Pete replied as follows:
"The probable writer of 'Poverty Knock' was Tom Daniel, a weaver from
Pudsey. I met him in about 1970, shortly before he died. He was born
around 1890, left school at 11 & worked in various mills around W.
Yorks. & did other jobs too, outside of weaving. The story he apparently told was that he'd remembered bits of the song from his early years. However, the song bears striking resemblance to many of the poems thathe did write. The collector of the song, Tony Green, reckons he wrote it too. I'm told there's no surviving relatives to claim royalties so as it's been designated a 'traditional' song for so long, that's how it's usually referred to."