Leaving Old England
DESCRIPTION: The singer is sadly leaving England, and asks for his mother's blessing as he departs. He regrets leaving home, but poverty forces him away. He comments on England's social system that is so hard on the poor.
EARLIEST DATE: 1954
KEYWORDS: emigration family political mother
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 55-56, "Leaving Old England" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Meredith amd Anderson suggest that this might be the ancestor of "Botany Bay"; the tunes are similar. There is, however, no firm evidence of this. - RBW
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