Uncle Ned; or the Preston Strike

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You may see of a truth that the people are not dead
Though they said that they died long ago
But we've risen from our sleep a holiday to keep
Determined to work under price no more 

Chorus: So we've put by the roving(1) of the keel(2)
                And hung up the wire(1) on the wall
                And we'll never be content till we get our ten percent [Note 662.1]
                In spite of their let well alone

Old Ned(1) wants a rest for we're sure that he is tired
And he cannot speak for himself
We'll put in a word that certain to be herd
And place his crank grinding magic on the shelf.

The fields they are green and fragrant are the flowers
And the birds sweetly warble their tunes
These things we'll enjoy while we hold our holiday
'Twill be pleasenter than piecing up our ends [Note 662.2]

We have spirit tho we're poor we've pride altho' a mob
We wish for the honour of our town
Yet we'll wander far and wide whatever may betide
And cadge(2) too before we'll knuckle down


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Source Title Uncle Ned; or, the Preston Strike
Bargery Number 662
Roud V42130 (1 record)
Earliest Date 1853
Evidence for Earliest Date Date of event described
Latest Date 1854
Evidence for Latest Date End of the strike
Comments on Song The earliest score of Uncle Ned catalogued by the British Library is dated c1851 [British Library shelfmark Music Collections H.1437.(9.)]
Source of Text Palmer, Roy. Working Songs: Industrial ballads and poems from Britain and Ireland 1780s-1980s pp192-193
Music (Given or Suggested) Set to the tune of the song Old Uncle Ned
Source of Music As text
Composer Foster, Stephen (1826-1864)
Music Notation as text
First Line You may see of a truth that the people are not dead
Parsed Title Preston Strike
Variant Set No known variants

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