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PovertyKnocks as sung by SeaGreen singers
|4. We've got to wet our own yarn,
By dipping it into the tarn,
It’s wet and it's soggy, and makes you feel groggy,
There’s mice in that dirty old barn. And its...
5. Oh dear me poor head it sings,
I should have woven three strings,
But threads are a breakin’ and my back is aching,
Oh dear I wish I had wings!
6 . Sometimes a shuttle flies out,
Gives some poor women a clout;
There she lies bleedin’, but nobody's heeding;
And who’s goin’ to carry ’er out? And its...
Poverty Knock sung
in dialect with extra verses
4. We ’ave to wet ahr own yarn,
|All of the many printed versions
of this popular song derive from the singing of Tommy Daniel of Batley
who is the direct source of Mick's version. The version in Tommy's typed
booklet (See notes to Old Jim Slack's Grey Horse TYG12) only has six stanzas,
as the above, but lacking stanza 7.
The seven stanza version recorded by the Hudlestons from Tommy (See Songs of the Ridings, 2001, p27) lacks Mick's stanza 5 and in its place has:
The version recorded from Tommy Daniel by Tony Green in 1965 and reprinted in a wide variety of anthologies has all eight stanzas, ordered 1, 2, 8, 4, 3, 5, 6, 7 using the above numbered stanzas. Tommy died in April1970 aged 76.
We take our title Poverty Knocks from his typed booklet. In all other publications the title is given as Poverty Knock. Under the title Tommy had typed the following note, 'This worksong dates back to the early power looms. Owing to low wages and the slow dreary "knock-ity knock" sound of the looms, weavers were called 'Poverty Knockers'. Tempo: slow Three Four , but strongly accentuated.'
In the Hudleston version stanza 4, line 3 runs 'It's wet and soggy, it looks a speckled doggy'. Nigel Hudleston in Songs of the Ridings says that Tommy accompanied himself on the ukulele banjo as he did on all three Hudleston recordings. He also points out that the tune is a variant of The Prickly Bush or The Maid Freed from the Gallows, Child 95, Roud 144.