DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a woman with her three children on a sleeting night. She say her husband, a farmer, was killed in town by a gang. She spent all she had to bury him and was put on the road when she could not pay rent. She and the babies die of the cold.
EARLIEST DATE: 1974 (Lehr/Best)
KEYWORDS: poverty burial death children mother husband storm
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lehr/Best 54, "Hush-oh-bye Baby" (1 text, 1 tune)
Anita Best, "Hush-o-bye Baby" (on NFABest01)
cf. "Three Perished in the Snow" [Laws G32] (plot)
NOTES: In the song the couple are said to live "in a place they called Newton Perry." Newton Perry is a sector of Limerick City, County Limerick, Ireland (source: inforing Ireland Gateway site). Lehr/Best (viz., Anita Best): "This is no doubt a song which originated in Ireland where, in the nineteenth century, evictions of poor tenant farmers unable to pay rent was extremely common." - BS
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