Ragged Coat, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer, once poor, receives a large inheritance. As an experiment, he goes out in poor clothing -- and is despised. As soon as he displays money, he is treated kindly. He repeats the test, then notes "Many an honest heart beats beneath a ragged coat."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1850
KEYWORDS: poverty money clothes
FOUND IN: US(MA) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
FSCatskills 102, "The Ragged Coat" (2 texts, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1950, p. 131, "The Ragged Coat" (2 references)

ST FSC102 (Partial)
RECORDINGS:
John Connors, "Ragged Coat" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES: According to a broadside listed in WolfAmericanSongSheets, this was "As Sung by Ned Riley, with Unbounded Applause." - RBW
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File: FSC102

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