Bad Luck Attend the Old Farmer

DESCRIPTION: A warning to servant boys seeking employment by farmers at hiring fairs. You are badly fed and "cold as lead." The singer will not hire for another half year. "Don't hire with any farmer ... But sail off to Amerikay, To a land where you'll be free"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1980 (IRHardySons)
KEYWORDS: emigration hardtimes farming food America servant
FOUND IN: Ireland
Roud #17894
James Halpin, "Bad Luck Attend the Old Farmer" (on IRHardySons)
cf. "The Hiring Fair at Hamiltonsbawn" (subject: hiring fair servant's half-year term hard times)
The Ingy Buck
NOTES [17 words]: The alternate title, "The Ingy Buck," refers to maize or "Indian Buck." (source: Notes to IRHardySons)

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