DESCRIPTION: "It's all about the cruel rogues of merchants No pity or love do they show." They live a life of ease and luxury and sell poor goods and show no charity. But death found rich and poor on Florizel and Titanic and will find the merchants too.
AUTHOR: Paddy Dover
EARLIEST DATE: 1977 (Lehr/Best)
KEYWORDS: hardheartedness poverty commerce nonballad
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lehr/Best 78, "The Merchants" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle4, pp. 51-52, "The Merchants" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Florizel and Titanic, of course, are famous Newfoundland wrecks with songs of their own. - BS
It's a sad irony to note that, on the Titanic at least, losses were heavier among the third class passengers (who were down below) than the rich in first class. - RBW
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