DESCRIPTION: Tammy Traddlefeet sings "I hae been a weaver lad, for twenty years an' twa." "We weaver lads were merry blades in good times" but prices have fallen. "We'll maybe live to see the time when things'll tak' a come" and good times will return.
AUTHOR: David Shaw (source: Fenton)
EARLIEST DATE: 1879 (Fenton)
KEYWORDS: weaving hardtimes
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan3 477, "The Weaver Lad" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Andrew Fenton, editor, Forfar Poets (Forfar, 1879), pp. 61-62, "Tammy Traddlefeet"
cf. "The Four-Loom Weaver" (subject) and references there
NOTES [38 words]: The description follows Fenton.
Fenton: "This song was composed when wages for handloom weaving was low, and provisions very high in price, the now half-forgotten iniquity of Protection not yet having received its death blow." - BS
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