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The Hard Times Of Old England

Folk This
It All Comes Round Again
John Tams
The Reckoning
Muckram Wakes
A Map Of Derbyshire
The Red Lion
A Bit Of A Song And Dance
New Victory Band
One More Dance And Then
Kate Rusby
Hourglass
Salisbury Folk
From The Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs
The Old Hat Concert Party
Sunday 13th May 1969
Seth Lakeman
Kitty Jay
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Freedom Fields
Freedom Fields Lyrics
The White Hare
The New St. George
The Hard Times Of Old England
Prince Heathen
Frost And Fire
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Morning Way
Spindle
Polly On The Shore
Western Approaches
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Cropredy's Like That
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Nic Jones
Penguin Eggs
The Noah's Ark Trap
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Anthems In Eden
Shelagh McDonald
Stargazer
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Glastonbury Carol
Mr Fox
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Tiny Tin Lady
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martha tilston
ropeswing
Moseley Folk Festival 2006
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Countrylife II
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A Place Called England
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Dancing at Whitsun
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Gaudete
Carthy and Swarbrick
What Time Is It Eccles?

The Hard Times Of Old England
(trad. arr. Etchingham Steam Band)

Come all brother tradesmen that travel alone,
O, pray come and tell me where the trade is all gone,
Long time I have travelled and cannot find none,
And it's O, the hard times of old England,
In old England very hard times.

Provisions you buy at the shop it is true,
But if you've no money there's none there for you.
So what's a poor man and his family to do?
And it's O, the hard times of old England,
In old England very hard times.

If you go to a shop and you ask for a job
They will answer you there with a shake and a nod.
That's enough to make a poor man to turn out and rob,
And it's O, the hard times of old England,
In old England very hard times.

You will see the poor tradesmen a-walking the street
From morning till night for employment to seek.
And scarcely they have any shoes to their feet,
And it's O, the hard times of old England,
In old England very hard times.

Our soldiers and sailors have just come from war,
Been fighting for their King and their country sure,
Come home to be starved better have stayed where they were,
And it's O, the hard times of old England,
In old England very hard times.

So now to conclude and to finish my song
Let us hope that these hard times they will not last long.
And I may soon have occasion to alter my song,
And sing O, the good times of old England,
In old England jolly good times.

Etchingham Steam Band @ The Corbett Theatre
Etchingham Steam Band @ The Corbett Theatre

The Etchingham Steam Band [click for larger image]
FLED 3002 (1995). recorded. 1974-5

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