You Can't Keep a Shantyboy Down
DESCRIPTION: "Kind friends, your attention I'll ask for a while, A few facts I endeavor to show...." The singer notes that the workers are what prop up the building of society; the wealthy have money, but aren't really needed, but "You can't keep a shantyboy down."
EARLIEST DATE: 1865 (Fowke)
KEYWORDS: logger work drink money
FOUND IN: Canada(Ont) US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Fowke-Lumbering #62, "You Can't Keep a Shantyboy Down" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peters, p. 84, "Keep the Working Man Down" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [31 words]: From the description, you might think this political. I don't think it is. It's just a sneer on the rich: They have money, but we don't need them, and where would they be without us? - RBW
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