Needlecases

DESCRIPTION: Singer, a peddler, is poor and hungry, and offers to sell the listener needlecases. He was once well-off, but is now homeless and friendless; once a farmer, now in rags. Since the listener won't buy, he's off, but asks listener to buy some if he returns.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (Williams-Thames)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer, a peddler, is poor and hungry, and offers to sell the listener needlecases. He was once well-off, but is now homeless and friendless; once a farmer, he's now in rags. Since the listener won't buy, he's off, but asks listener to buy some if he returns. Chorus: "Needlecases, will you buy one?/You will buy one, I'm sure/Won't you buy a case o' needles/From Jack that's so poor?"
KEYWORDS: poverty request clothes commerce hardtimes
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South, North))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Williams-Thames, pp. 234-235, "Needle-cases" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 152)
Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 647, "Needle-cases" (1 text)
Kennedy 233, "Needlecases" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1300
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Case of Needles
NOTES: We haven't keywords for "peddler" or "street-cry," so "commerce" will have to do. - PJS
Last updated in version 2.6
File: K233

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.