Free and Easy (II)
DESCRIPTION: The singer thinks that "troubles are but bubbles." He doesn't yearn for wealth or greatness: "the great have cares... merit's seldom made a show of." "Why waste your time in fretting?"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1860 (broadsides, LOCSinging as104110 and NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(053))
KEYWORDS: nonballad money
REFERENCES (2 citations):
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #679, p. 45, "Free & Easy Still" (1 reference)
ADDITIONAL: S. Baring-Gould, EFDSS Archives SBG/1/3/15, "Free and Easy [B]" accessed 3 January 2013 from http://library.efdss.org/archives/cgi-bin/search.cgi.
Bodleian, 2806 c.16(212), "Free and Easy" ("I'm the lad that's free and easy"), H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Harding B 11(820), Harding B 25(686), Firth b.25(321), "Free and Easy
LOCSinging, as104110, "Free and Easy Still" ("I'm the lad that's free and easy"), J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also as20108, "Free and Easy Still"
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(053), "Free and Easy" ("I'm the lad that's free and easy"), James Lindsay (Glasgow), 1852-1859
NOTES: Baring-Gould writes that his text is from a Such broadside. It is close to Bodleian 2806 c.16(212), changing a few words, and lacking Such's last stanza. - BS
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