Peggy Quotes

For decades, Seeger has been one of the most authoritative voices in American and English folk...While she is acknowledged as an esteemed interpreter of traditional material and a gifted instrumentalist, she is perhaps best known for her observant and caustic original songs about women. - Chris Morris, Billboard

Peggy Quotes 2

Songs of Love and Politics is a wonderful introduction to Peggy Seeger for those of you who are not familiar with her work and a delight to those love her work.
- Don Jacobsen, KVMR Radio


New City Songster - by Year

Volumes 1-20A-listed by: -Subject--Author--Song title--Volume--Year 

Year:---before 1968---1968---1969---1970---1971---1972---1973---1974---1975---1976---1977---1978---1979---1980---1981---1982---1983---1984---1985---1986

Year Title Author Subject Volume
1954 Vietnam after defeat of French at Dien Bien Pau Ballad of Ho Chi Minh The Ewan MacColl J 6.13
1957 nuclear testing in Nevada desert: leukaemia Acceptable Risks Charlie King V 16.03
1958 dream: bankers & diplomats going into the army! We Hate To See Them Go Malvina Reynolds D 20A.24
1960 in praise of these skilled workers and their union. We Are the Engineers Ewan MacColl T 6.05
1961 anti-apartheid song following Sharpeville massacre Black and White Ewan MacColl M 13.04
1963 South Africa - refusal to buy their food & drinks I Support the Boycott Peggy Seeger M 1.05
1964 audit: have you acted to shape society or merely accepted an unjust status quo? Ballad of Accounting The Ewan MacColl B 3.01
1965 fifty children on branches force woodmen to spare trees Lambeth Children Malvina Reynolds U 20A.18
1966 courting - romance ends in disappointment Sweet Thames Flow Softly Ewan MacColl X 6.12
1966 toil of Irishmen digging the London Underground in dark conditions while other people enjoy light. Tunnel Tigers The Ewan MacColl Q 4.18
1967 - don't let apathy make you blind to fascisim Song of Choice Peggy Seeger B 1.03
1967 Vietnam - description of brutality sponsored by West Brother Did You Weep? Ewan MacColl J 1.04
1967 Vietnam composed under Wilson recorded under Heath. Details the atrocities of US war. Yankee Doodle Ewan MacColl J 6.17
1967 Vietnam: history of brave struggle against France & USA Fields of Vietnam The Ewan MacColl J 4.16
1968 - don't build walls to shut out poverty and war Children The Peggy Seeger B 3.11
1968 - from gold watch to scrap heap and anonymity: your fate if you demand too little Lament for the Death of a Nobody Ewan MacColl B 1.02
1968 after Paris riots. Conditioning via beatings & gas Student Edward Ewan MacColl C 1.07
1968 alienation among teenagers caused by parents dropping out of life. Look at You! Ewan MacColl F 9.09
1968 British trait of preferring tame animals to humans Nation of Animal Lovers Ewan MacColl B 8.02
1968 capitalism - trade in arms to Nigeria Dead Men The Peggy Seeger W 2.02
1968 Cuba - courage of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara Compañeros The Ewan MacColl K 2.06
1968 Cuba - Che Guevara hunted down in Bolivia Che Guevara Peggy Seeger K 2.07
1968 Cuba - history of the revolution Ballad of The Big Cigars Ewan MacColl K 1.01
1968 post Paris - we see through the propaganda! We Don't Want to Live Like That Ewan MacColl C 3.03
1968 using escapism to shut out the world as it is Let's Pretend Ewan MacColl B 9.16
1968 Vietnam - comparison of carnage with toll from Aberfan Grey October Critics Group J 1.06
1969 avoidable disaster - owners only interested in job Well Get The Concrete In Ian Stewart S 2.04
1969 avoidable disaster - owners take no responsibility Hull Trawler Disaster The Frankie Armstrong S 2.03
1969 Birmingham in wake of rivers of blood speech Hello Friend Peggy Seeger N 2.1
1969 boy born on Hackney Estate - life of abuse Black Boy Ballad Trevor Lashbrook N 2.01
1969 injury or poor health from work Black Lung Hazel Dickson S 6.14
1969 Ireland - conditioning from different factions Little Sashes Hammond D. I 2.08
1969 superiority of Britain (Harold's wage freeze!) to China China Rag The Sandra Kerr and Ewan MacColl C 2.09
1970 nuclear war: space station view of dead planet earth Nightmare Ewan MacColl V 4.22
1970 the big man on the building site is cut down to size by the rumour/legend of a bigger man. O'Reilly and the Big MacNeill Donneil Kennedy L 4.03
1970 after expulsion from cabinet: rivers of blood speech Bold Enoch Powell Brian Pearson A 3.12
1970 agony aunt envious of client's knowledge of sex. Advice to the Lovelorn John Fryer X 4.12
1970 alternative lifestyle for woman cast as housewife. Hippies and the Beatniks The Miles Wootton O 4.13
1970 courting - birth control discouraged by the Pope Bridget and the Pill Brian Pearson O 3.07
1970 courting - loving encounter curtailed by daytime In Canning Town Sandra Kerr X 4.21
1970 courting - loving encounter ending in male exhaustion Nightshift Peggy Seeger X 6.1
1970 courting - metaphor drawn from hard labour Big Pneumatical Drill The Eric Finlayson X 3.05
1970 courting - metaphor drawn from nature Lily The John Pole X 4.02
1970 courting - metaphor drawn from nature Mysterious Lover The Chris Culbert X 3.06
1970 Enoch Powell - racist beliefs Cut-Price Hero Ewan MacColl A 4.2
1970 family: questions to son ready to leave the nest My Son Peggy Seeger Y 4.09
1970 Harold Wilson defeated by Heath after attempt to clamp down on Union Power (Castle's 1969 In Place of Strife) which upset the Left Prime Minister Cut Down in His Prime The Ewan MacColl and John Faulkner A 2.05
1970 injury or poor health resulting from work Clayton Aniline Song The Pete Smith S 3.1
1970 Ireland - violent resistance to heavy policing Bogside Man The McIlvogue I 3.08
1970 Ireland: Belfast bakery van thwarts B-specials Barney Hughes ' Bakery Van McIlvogue I 4.11
1970 Ireland: workers unite informers and those selling out their country to England. Ballad of Jack Lynch McIlvogue I 4.17
1970 Mexico: death through dangerous work conditions Grape-Pickers' Tragedy Jack Warshaw K 4.04
1970 need for teachers to learn from miners and dustmen about the power of strike action. Teachers Need to do Homework John Faulkner and Sandra Kerr T 3.13
1970 nuclear waste & other pollutants: story of how beautiful the world was before. Silent Spring II. Wasteland Lullabye Peggy Seeger V 4.23
1970 office blocks lying empty for nearly three years At The CentrePoint John Pole and Peggy Seeger E 4.15
1970 overcrowding frozen wages and evictions. Tidbits for Tenants Anon E 3.04
1970 people wear their occupations even at a wedding! Iron-Moulder's Wedding The Graeme Miles Q 4.19
1970 personal traits & beliefs on class differences Prince Philip's Lament Frankie Armstrong Brian Pearson Pat Creedy & Geoff Lowe A 4.1
1970 post Paris riots. Old hypocritical order wearing thin We Are the Young Ones Peggy Seeger C 6.19
1970 responding to eviction attempt Ballad of Rosie The Dick Snell E 3.14
1970 response to London unemployment: emigrating on a very hot steam turbine steam while awaiting better work Orient Company The Peter O'Toole R 4.14
1970 search for escape leads to lethal dose of methadone taken for a laugh Jack the Lad John Pole F 3.02
1970 South Africa - apartheid / racism in rugby White Tornado The Jim O'Connor M 3.09
1970 squatting new flats as a response to pricey slums Backs Against The Wall Donneil Kennedy E 3.15
1970 Ted Heath's Cabinet - mainly men New Boys The Ewan MacColl D 6.07
1970 the several faces of US imperialism Uncle Sam Peggy Seeger J 6.15
1970 travellers unwanted in Walsall Galilee Auschwitz. Fault of all of us since we elect The Council Travellers Came to Red-Bridge The Dick Snell and The Critics Group N 4.06
1970 unsuitability of high-rise flats e.g. children's play Jeelie-Piece Song The Adam McNaughtan E 4.05
1970 Vietnam - American G.I. changes to Ho Chi Minh's side Unknown Soldier The Jack Warshaw J 4.01
1970 Vietnam - an alternative view to Nixon's our boys are standing tall and proud out there. Tall and Proud Ewan MacColl J 6.2
1970 Vietnam protest at Kent College. A student in US murdered by National Guard. Ballad of Alison Kraus Don Lange J 11.04
1970 Vietnam protest at Kent College. US students murdered by Ohio National Guard. Kent Massacre The Jack Warshaw J 6.03
1970 Vietnam: encouragement to change sides Brother Jack Warshaw J 4.07
1971 air quality Do You Wanna Come Clean? Sandra Kerr U 6.02
1971 call to action (using guns if necessary) - note Amnesty's refusal to support ANC due to resort to guns With Love to Angela Davis Ewan MacColl B 7.19
1971 causes havoc / nuclear war - never trust machines! Fred the Computer Miles Wootton G 6.18
1971 courting - loving encounter curtailed by daytime Night-Visiting Song Sheila Douglas X 6.08
1971 courting - loving encounter ending in male exhaustion Too Much of a Good Thing Sheila Douglas X 6.09
1971 disaffected youth - vandalism and violence Boots and Laces Miles Wootton F 4.08
1971 discrimination in the workplace against women I'm Gonna be an Engineer Peggy Seeger O 7.14
1971 downside of fast food: unhealthy tasteless boring Instant Food Miles Wootton H 6.16
1971 giving & unafraid pregnant & child adopted Jenny Bell Mahala Nice O 6.01
1971 high-rise for poor (crowded) V high-rise for the rich McCoy Hotel The Jack Warshaw E 6.06
1971 relationships - gender equality Darling Annie Peggy Seeger O 7.18
1971 thief disaffected from the system by low pay Tea-Leaf Song Colin Meadows F 6.11
1971 violence to women - abduction and murder. Mr. Fox John Pole O 6.04
1972 accident arising from working condition: cargo vessel Lairdsfield Disaster The Graeme Miles S 8.05
1972 accident arising from working condition: fishing aged 15 Tam Bridie Matt Armour S 8.13
1972 accident arising from working condition: herring fishing Herring Grounds Of Forth The Matt Armour S 8.03
1972 accident arising from working condition: slate mine Buffalo Holler Peggy Seeger S 8.01
1972 alienation disaffected youth trapped in a cell Nowhere Now Hamish MacColl F 8.17
1972 atmosphere of Teesside - dying industries Banks of the Tees The Graeme Miles P 7.05
1972 atmosphere of the moors Moor O' Hograh The Graeme Miles P 8.04
1972 AU accident arising from poor & hurried construction Westgate Bridge The Don Henderson L 8.09
1972 AU snooping watching invasions of privacy Someone Up There Don Henderson L 8.11
1972 AU strikes - relationship between factory owner & workers Stan Don Henderson L 8.08
1972 birdwatching is better than seeking out fairies Hollow Hill The Jimmy Brown Z 7.08
1972 casualties from hard labour building the dam Shira Dam The Helen Fullerton S 8.14
1972 comment on life: pros & cons of different ages Age in Between The Michael Flood Y 8.1
1972 courting - loving encounter versus procrastination Jimmy Gray Peggy Seeger X 7.04
1972 Dorman's Ackland Steel Plant up until its closure Tees-side British Erick Gooding Q 8.06
1972 grim life of teacher unexpectedly improved by errant pupil's dad who turns on the real nuisance Bermondsey Ballad A Michael Flood R 8.15
1972 hey-day of sea faring and the shellbacks who are no more Shellback Song Ewan MacColl Q 7.06
1972 in recognition of boats carrying effluence from Glasgow Sludge-Boat Song The Jimmy Brown Q 7.2
1972 individual who murders women is torn apart like a fox Captain Reynolds John Pole O 7.15
1972 institutional violence - always the same story Punch and Judy John Pole O 7.01
1972 Ireland - call to workers to rise up over factions Orange and the Green The Paul O'Brien I 7.11
1972 Ireland - control by spiking roads crossing the border Smuggling Men The Wylde I 7.17
1972 Ireland - emigrating in order to work Exploration Gordon McCulloch & Paul Lenihan I 7.13
1972 Ireland - emigrating in order to work Farewell to Ireland Ewan MacColl I 8.07
1972 Ireland - life behind the barricades Rubber Bullets Wylde I 7.1
1972 Ireland - violent resistance to heavy policing Bogside Doodle-bug McIlvogue I 7.07
1972 male view (humorous) on the drawbacks of marriage Day I Took the Vow The Ed Pickford X 8.12
1972 myth of scroungers; driven to crime to pay rent Caviar on the Rent Book Bob Gale E 8.18
1972 no room at the inn updated to modern squalour Anti-Carol John Pole E 7.16
1972 showcasing hard work - sea-coal selling Sea-Coal Graeme Miles Q 7.09
1972 showcasing hard work - steam ships Western Trader The Jimmy Brown Q 7.03
1972 showcasing hard work as a moulder or foundry man They'll be the Lads Graeme Miles Q 7.12
1972 spectacular scenery along Scottish road A-83 The Helen Fullerton P 8.16
1972 the hunter becomes the hunted Wolviston Rook Shoot Graeme Miles Z 7.02
1973 a shambolic band ends up playing to cows Piddlethwaite Jug Band Hits the Charts The Trevor Crozier & Kevin Sheldon 9.02
1973 amusing narrative: bull reacts to electric shock Crazy Mixed-up Bull The Sheila Douglas Z 9.23
1973 comparison of living conditions of different classes Happy Pappy and the Funny un People Hamish MacColl E 9.04
1973 contribution of poor weather to working conditions. Alvediston Shepherd The Paul Whiteley R 9.11
1973 joys and hardships arising from new born baby Lullabye for a Very New Baby Peggy Seeger Y 9.12
1973 kids who leave school without good exam results face low wages which drive them into the army Three Quid a Week Mick Ryan R 9.2
1973 kids-lib song rejecting rules but also sensible diet! I Want to Lie Here in the Sun Miles Wootton F 9.15
1973 leave home domestic service become pregnant end up homeless baby's body found. South Stratford Lady The Claudia Gould O 9.06
1973 Leek Show challenge and attempted sabotage Giant Leek The Ed Pigford H 9.05
1973 Lord Longford - crusades against pornography Night Rider heard in a club in Barking A 9.21
1973 May/June daydream - stress of exam results Talking Exam Blues J.F. MacNamara Y 9.03
1973 poor health resulting from hard working conditions At the Raleigh Seth Miles S 9.17
1973 Princess Anne - November wedding to Mark Phillips My Wedding Day C & T Dibley A 9.08
1973 rambling around is not the prerogative of men only; women ramble too! Rambling Boy Jerry Spring O 9.1
1973 Richard Nixon - caught out for bugging Live Wire anon A 9.22
1973 Richard Nixon - person & policies Watergate Peggy Seeger A 9.01
1973 showcasing heavy work in construction industry Migrant Labourer The Dicky Bondy Q 9.19
1973 tongue-in-cheek wish to live like a rich capitalist Big Stockbroker Country The Mick Sadler D 9.14
1973 tribute to Margaret James who died in a car crash Angel in Black J.F. MacNamara Y 9.18
1973 unacceptable face of capitalism (for Shelter) Manner of the World Nowadays The Peggy Seeger D 9.07
1973 US imperialism in its various guises Big Man Peggy Seeger J 10.09
1973 valley of Stiffkey between Kings Lynn and Norwich Testimonial Peter Bellamy P 9.13
1974 a curse on this monster. Building Speculator The Sam Richards E 10.07
1974 advice to prudes on how to hide their natural curiosity. Streak Patricia O'Nell X 10.25
1974 alienation in simple steps from school to prison cell Hard Times Hamish MacColl F 10.14
1974 Belfast's troubles are its life. Rioting becomes a purpose. New Song On The City of Belfast A Wylde I 10.11
1974 birth control: accidents still possible in a static car McFadyen's Motor Car Vera Johnson X 10.12
1974 change reflected in the landscape. New generation. Old Glasgow Town Jim Brown P 10.17
1974 changing occupations reflected in landscape Men o' the North The Sheila Douglas P 10.06
1974 Chilean dictatorship cannot silence everybody. Freedom Won't Lie Easy Rod Shearman K 10.08
1974 day in the life of a public open space (Scotland) Dryin' Green The Eric Finlayson & Wylde P 10.02
1974 don't censor when info is already known by all! Word The Vera Johnson C 10.04
1974 everything on the menu comes with chips even chips! Chips Vera Johnson H 10.24
1974 hard times for father to encourage son: unemployment Come Tae Your Dad Jim Brown R 10.1
1974 hard work drinking and banter with the wife Graveyard Shift The Les Gleason Q 10.03
1974 hard work off shores of Iceland risking life & limb Deep-Sea Fishermen The Matt Armour S 10.2
1974 in praise of layabouts whose work does no harm! Layabouts Vera Johnson Q 10.22
1974 Ireland: a call for freedom amid violent conflict Internment Wylde I 10.15
1974 lament: when oil Sheik's stop supporting the West. Sheik of Araby The Anon J 10.16
1974 man's attendance at workplace gets later and later but when there's a strike he gets there very early! Still He Slumbered Sam Richards T 10.21
1974 money from my hard work goes to them not me! Out of My Pocket Peggy Seeger D 11.18
1974 pollution of atmosphere and depletion of resources Juggernaut John Pole U 10.18
1974 poor transport planning kills villages & increases pollution. Jack Wilson Sam Richards U 10.23
1974 reversal of traditional male/female roles Re housework Talking Want Ad Blues Janet Smith O 10.19
1974 showcasing toil of a Belfast riveter and shipwright Regular Randy Dandy John Moulden & Wylde Q 10.13
1974 US imperialism: re Chile Allende's Song Don Lange K 10.01
1974 warning to strike-busters Transport Cowboy Sam Richards T 10.05
1975 a courting plea for adventure Winter Song Hamish MacColl X 11.08
1975 AU isolation of teenage girls in Australia who grow up all to quickly. Girls in Our Town Bob Hudson L 11.03
1975 beware of productivity deals which offer more pay but give you so much to do that you flake out. Work-Study Song Ian Parr S 11.19
1975 boredom re annual shutdown of Lancashire Mill towns Bloody Wakes Week Ian Parr P 11.14
1975 cod fishing: hard work can be enjoyable if you don't stress Harvest Home The Matt Armour Q 11.15
1975 enough of roving & temporary employment: layoffs Roving Fifer The Matt Armour R 11.11
1975 harming the environment with chemicals concrete etc. Up in Wisconsin Don Lange U 11.13
1975 jobs with no holidays divide families Workers' Christmas Carol Anon R 11.1
1975 lament by a gun-nut army lifer deprived of war Modern Army Can't Fight Song The Don Lange J 11.09
1975 Liverpool lament: the food is unfit for consumption Down at Our Canteen Ted Edwards H 11.07
1975 profile of son: Calum MacColl Song for Calum Peggy Seeger Y 11.16
1975 statesman/peacemaker by day & playboy by night Henry Kissinger Ed Pickford A 11.06
1975 the moment when two incompatible creatures meet Swallow and Trout Fred Rooke Z 11.02
1975 toil as punishment for messing with boss's daughter. Propeller Song The Jim Brown R 11.01
1975 unacceptable capitalism: RE quality of the bitter Multigrab and Unibrew Miles Wootton D 11.12
1975 working day in Wigan marked by the sound of clogs Coal Hole Cavalry Ted Edwards P 11.05
1976 accident arising from working condition: building site Sick Note The Pat Cooksey S 12.1
1976 asbestos dust as part of poor working conditions Asbestos Dust Sam Richards S 12.18
1976 Atmospheric song. Mixed feelings about a place Bampton Fair Paul Wilson P 12.07
1976 being an all-rounder as a motor mechanic is hard enough; unit replacement will mean fewer of them Car Mechanics Song Paul Wilson R 12.17
1976 birth control: a woman's right to choose Nine-Month Blues Peggy Seeger O 12.13
1976 changing landscape robs London of it soul Old Grey London Hamish MacColl P 12.11
1976 changing occupations in NE Scotland & coastal waters Generations of Change Matt Armour P 12.12
1976 cost of the conflict for families losing sons: wasted lives? Belfast Song Eric Bogle I 12.04
1976 damage to environment: pollution & resource depletion Automobile Song The Joanna Cazden U 12.14
1976 dead town: closure Irlam steelworks nr Manchester in 1974 Pitside Is Quiet Today The Ted Edwards P 12.16
1976 difficulties of being in exile while struggle goes on Exile Song The Barry Gilder M 14.05
1976 dog fouling in Harlow Canine Eneuretic The Bob Gale and David Everett Z 12.15
1976 hard life of a cocky farmer is easier because it's nearly over Now I'm Easy Eric Bogle R 12.19
1976 injustice of downturn in mining due to cheap oil One Miner's Life Ed Pickford R 12.02
1976 injustice of economic downturn and unemployment Winter Song Ian Parr R 12.01
1976 Irlam near Manchester dies with its steelworks Requiem for a Steel Town Ted Edwards P 11.2
1976 labour exchange has lots of jobs but none for you! Jobs Ted Edwards R 12.21
1976 leave the protesting (strikes & Chile) to others! Apathy Joe Ted Edwards B 16.11
1976 mill owner's house reflects class inequality Big Mansion House Eric Bogle D 12.06
1976 mother advises daughter not to fear dexterous musicians O Mither Mither Sheila Douglas X 12.03
1976 nine miles off Anstruther in mouth of the Firth of Forth Isle of May Matt Armour P 12.05
1976 no escape from poor canteen tea even in heaven! Canteen Tea Alan Lavercombe H 12.2
1976 poor working conditions of housewife Housewife's Alphabet Peggy Seeger O 13.13
1976 tongue-in-cheek picture of ideal working conditions Factory Lads Sam Richards R 12.08
1976 unequal society leaves child wishing on his own Ladybird Ted Edwards D 12.09
1977 a bare refuge is better than domestic violence Emily Peggy Seeger O 14.2
1977 a British troops out of Belfast song Home Soldier Home Wylde I 13.05
1977 a love song: the joy of being together You and I Ewan MacColl X 14.15
1977 alienation: Birmingham boy goes his own way and ends up in prison Wild Colonial Guy Alan Whittle F 13.16
1977 ambition of a S African boxer thwarted due to race King Kong Sam Richards M 13.17
1977 AU Moreton bay hunting the humpback whale. Queensland Whalers The Harry Robertson L 13.11
1977 AU patriots' charter ignores the lessons of war. Band Played Waltzing Matilda The Eric Bogle L 13.12
1977 camp-site surroundings: better than the city?? Simple Life The Chris Rogers P 13.07
1977 cast aside by new tech but needed as canon fodder Workers' Song The Ed Pickford D 13.14
1977 Ewan's mother's toil & isolation as a cleaner. Nobody Knew She Was There Ewan MacColl O 17.04
1977 freedom belongs to the rich: the rightful owners! Blast Against Blackguards Ewan MacColl D 14.11
1977 from agriculture to industrial production line in order to afford the cost of food Tenant Farmer Ewan MacColl R 14.17
1977 Midlands: refused office work loan. A scapegoat. Song of the Immigrant Chris Rogers N 13.18
1977 nervous anticipation & physical sickness when sailors are within a day or two of docking after sea toil. Channels The Graham Penny S 13.02
1977 no home life for drivers of big tankers months away at sea for low pay. Tankerman's Song Harry Robertson R 13.15
1977 pay restraint is the answer to everything! Go on grafting! Parliamentary Polka Ewan MacColl D 11.17
1977 poverty trap: born in the slum die in the slum Mary and Me Eric Bogle E 13.08
1977 showcasing good labouring practices & lamenting the death of them! Labouring Man The Sam Richards Q 13.19
1977 strike victory: equal pay for women in spite of obstacles. Trico Strike The Sam Richards T 13.2
1977 Suffolk where children are worn out through farm labour High Clay Lands The Bob Hughes P 13.06
1977 superiority of pump-pulled real ale over bottled ale or pressurised beers Ballad of Real Ale Kevin Pratt H 13.03
1977 the law is 'a con' supporting the rich and the great. Legal Illegal Ewan MacColl D 14.08
1977 unlucky in courting then unlucky when a man wants to stick around. Ones That Got Away The Joy Ashworth X 13.1
1977 ups & downs of being on a temporary contract Casuals The Harry Robertson R 13.01
1977 warning to village folk who fancy roving librarians! Bold Librarian The Joy Rutherford X 13.09
1978 / 79 attempt to break miners strike in US: Carter Trouble in Coal Country Arthur Smith T 16.14
1978 abuse of the planet: nuclear waste Invader The Peggy Seeger V 14.04
1978 advice to daughter not to accept second best Little Girl Child Peggy Seeger O 15.14
1978 anti-apartheid struggle tears men from families Where is Your Daddy Son? Ewan MacColl M 15.03
1978 assembly lines for every time of life - even death On the Assembly Line Miles Wootton G 14.07
1978 cuts to education and their effects on teachers & pupils Economy Game The David Everett R 14.06
1978 disillusionment in time of heavy government cuts: from school onto the dole Bum Again David Everett F 14.09
1978 domestic violence regardless of class background Winnie and Sam Peggy Seeger O 14.13
1978 drug addiction: soldiers returning from Vietnam war Miss Heroin Anon F 14.1
1978 father's lullaby: advice to son on big wide world Father's Song The Ewan MacColl D 14.03
1978 hard labour in a prison Coldbath Fields Bill Meek P 14.21
1978 harm done by shift work to life including sex life! Shift-Worker's Lament Alan Lavercombe R 14.14
1978 harm done by strip mining: environment & black lung Voices from the Mountain Ruthie Gorton S 14.01
1978 homelessness trap in context of domestic violence I am Homeless Anon O 14.16
1978 logic of equality of opportunity for women and men Different Therefore Equal Peggy Seeger O 15.11
1978 offer to take stock and help knock down cage's door Caged Bird Ernie Oakleaf O 14.18
1978 pregnant woman leave Ireland for Liverpool no thanks to Pope or the father of her child - not real fathers Song for an Irish Colleen Kt Movat & L. Mackay O 14.02
1978 the struggle goes on in spite/because of casualties Soweto Song Barry Gilder M 14.12
1978 unemployment life without a purpose Today is his Signing Day George Mitchell S 14.19
1979 AU change to industrial lifestyle imposed by poverty Song of the Sheet-Metal Worker John Dengate L 15.15
1979 AU hard life as a rover/conscript always moving on! What Care I? Brian O'Keefe L 15.02
1979 AU Joh Belke-Petersen - gerrymandering in Queensland Kingaroy King Ewan MacColl L 15.05
1979 AU ordinary family bloke struggling to survive Bill From Exskineville John Dengate L 15.2
1979 AU plea to nationalise US-owned General Motors Holden G.M.H. Song Clem Parkinson L 15.09
1979 AU to politician who blames workers for inflation Looking for Work Clem Parkinson L 15.07
1979 AU tough conditions in an Australian jail Doing Time anon L 15.06
1979 AU who gains when unions exercise pay restraint? We'll All be Home & Dry Roger Wodiss & Denny Kevans L 15.12
1979 bawdy courting song promoting services of bakers Bread Makin The Don Minifie X 15.17
1979 bawdy courting using economic jargon Taxing Pleasures Paul Wilson X 15.04
1979 Hogmanay - New Year in Scotland When the Bells Ring Ian Davison P 15.16
1979 listen to your surroundings to make the best music Brass Band Song Scott Clement P 15.21
1979 my abject silence allows global injustice & inequality It's Really Me to Blame Scott Clement B 15.18
1979 NZ teacher died in police custody after anti-Fascist demo. Blair Peach Anon N 16.09
1979 passing the buck for beer so nasty that the chemical mix didn't even succeed as disinfectant. Bad Beer Paul Wilson H 15.01
1979 proposed E flank of Glasgow's inner ring-road thru town High Street Motorway The Ian Davison U 15.1
1979 rainy environment as an alternative to Costa Brava A-30 Miles Wootton P 15.19
1979 unwanted pregnancy trap: home / job / baby? Pit Away Your Fancy Dress Ian Davison O 15.08
1979 women's right to be free from rape & to say No Reclaim the Night Peggy Seeger O 15.13
1980 effects if a nuclear war in the south of England Four Minute Warning Peggy Seeger V 16.04
1980 effects of nuclear war: throwing away the planet. Vandals The Ewan MacColl V 17.08
1980 forced to change from agricultural to industrial work to pay for food grown on the land left behind. Empires of Plenty Sam Richards Q 16.12
1980 in praise of the anonymous labour which drives the system Kilroy Was Here Ewan MacColl Q 17.11
1980 it's alright for some but not all. Fairness please! Plea to the Undeserving A Ted Power D 16.19
1980 lonely life trapped as an outcast drifter and drinker Homeless Man Harry Robertson E 16.01
1980 Margaret Thatcher - critique of person & policies Let Us Praise Famous Men and Women Ewan MacColl A 16.13
1980 Margaret Thatcher - friend with Reagan & Pope Bits and Pieces Anon A 19.25
1980 Margaret Thatcher - likened to an alien being. Androids The Ewan MacColl A 16.08
1980 Margaret Thatcher - protect & survive years Maggie Wants a Missile Sam Richards A 19.09
1980 reject men who cast you into unequal roles. Find one who shares the housework but writes a good poem too. What The Poet Called Her Ewan MacColl O 17.05
1980 sympathy for queen surrounded by idiots Royalty Royalty Shock John Dengate A 16.06
1980 the downside of weapons including nuclear F-One-Double-One The Lyall Sayers & Clem Parkinson V 16.18
1980 transport of nuclear materials Cargo of Dread Don Lange V 16.07
1980 unemployment and homelessness Maggie Mary John Marchant & Ian Dobson R 16.16
1980 using up people to use up the planet! All Used Up Utah Phillips U 16.05
1980 Vietnam - use of chemicals comes home to roost in USA Agent Orange Song Muriel Hogan J 16.17
1980 well argued case for mating! They All Do It Sam Richards X 16.15
1980 who gets the benefit from almost any labouring job? Southern English labourer The Paul Wilson R 16.1
1980's Jim Callaghan made a baron for selling out workers Don't Be Surprised Ewan MacColl A 20A.04
1981 an injection of the dance floor can turn gloom in the boiler room of a golfball factory to a hot delight Dancing Boilerman The Charlie King R 17.18
1981 AU man courts a flat fish which actually needs a bicycle! Fishes Need Bicycles Clem Parkinson L 17.07
1981 AU pollution of beaches in Port Phillip Melbourne Microbe's Picnic The Clem Parkinson L 17.14
1981 cooling-off law designed to break strikes 1979 Carter Taft-Hartley Song Charlie King T 17.17
1981 crime: prison helps to make crime pay! Ballad of Pat Brady The Don Minifie F 17.02
1981 destruction of homes & habitats from strip mining Draglines Deborah Silverstein U 17.03
1981 enough trouble in world without nuclear weapons Enough is Enough Peggy Seeger V 17.1
1981 finback whale at risk of extinction Is the Big Fella Gone? Rod Shearman U 17.19
1981 freedom to roam in Brixton without skinhead attack. Misfit's Story Yan Sharangparni N 17.09
1981 laid off when new tech; cannon fodder when war Workers' Song Ed Pickford D 20A.25
1981 laying off and rehiring with time and motion facilitated by Monopoly power. The Jaeger song. Uni-Multi-Factors Int. Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker R 17.12
1981 make love not war - rich world (love) poor world (war) Under The Leaves of Life John Pole W 17.06
1981 mining involves fatalities but fighting the coal will continue Coal and Albert Berry The Ted Edwards S 17.01
1981 National Coal Boards lame attempts to protect lungs and denials of damage to health. I'm a Pneumo Jim Moreland & Keith Gregson S 17.13
1981 no social stigma any more for the numerous unemployed! Laid Off Alan Lavercombe R 17.15
1981 work in the pit leaves limited time to play with kids! Thi Fayther's Comin' Wom Ted Edwards R 17.16
1982 accident to reactor in nuclear plant Take The Children & Run Don Lange V 18.01
1982 AU casualty from The Falklands War Hero of Goose Green The Denis Kevans L 18.02
1982 AU lament following inept attempt at sheep-shearing New Chum Crutcher Brian O'Keefe L 18.04
1982 AU solution to hard times is to fire those at the top. Workers' Control Song Clem Parkinson L 18.12
1982 AU song about a place loved by Biggs & Stonehouse Marvellous Melbourne Clem Parkinson L 18.06
1982 class divisions needed to sustain nice people! Nice People Like Us Sam Richards D 18.08
1982 cotton dust from the mills: dexterity turns to coughing Goodbye Monday Blues Si Kahn S 18.03
1982 driven by mill town environ into mental home in Lincs Fair Rosie Di Williams F 18.05
1982 Falklands War: French missile. Uk trained pilot. When the Glory's All Gone John Pole & Banner of Birmingham W 19.19
1982 importance of planting seeds to sustain the future Gone Gonna Rise Again Si Kahn U 18.09
1982 irresponsible mining destroys workforce resulting in closure laying waste to place off Newfoundland Goodbye To St Lawrence Sam Richards S 18.14
1982 man proves that he is better at shopping but returns home with the wrong baby. Can't multi-task! Shopping Around Alan Lavercombe O 18.17
1982 mill closure: empty streets & nowhere to go for mid-lifers Aragon Mill Si Kahn R 18.16
1982 need for gender equality in language - turned tables! Talking Neutral Gender Blues Kristin Lems O 18.2
1982 oil pollution threat through too many platforms Storm Force Ten Don Lange U 18.13
1982 old woman isolated: fear of going out gets poor treatment from young left behind by her family Old Woman's Song Claudia Schmidt F 18.18
1982 Potted version: illustrating lack of realism in ballad plots Oor Hamlet Adam McNaughtan 18.15
1982 protest at Scotland V Chile fixture. Blood Upon The Grass Adam McNaughtan K 18.1
1982 request for missiles (e.g. cruise at Greenham)! Please Mr Reagan Peggy Seeger V 18.07
1982 response to perceived increase in the cat population Cats Are Taking Over The Leslie Fish Z 18.11
1982 tribute to fighter - probably a campaigner to emulate People Like You Si Kahn Y 18.19
1983 discrimination through both attitudes & accessibility Talking Wheelchair Blues Fred Small N 20A.19
1983 Greenham Common Peace Camp - bring the message home Carry Greenham Home Peggy Seeger V 19.11
1984 a human brain versus a calculator: the human wins but dies through overwork and is sorely missed! Henry The Accountant Paul Kaplan G 19.12
1984 arms industry - a job's a job or is it something worse? Men Who Make the Missiles The Kevin Littlewood W 19.02
1984 AU children's role models: helluva fighter v helluva singer Urchin's Song Clem Parkinson L 19.04
1984 AU critique of hollow promises to end the class war Ode to Bob Hawke Clem Parkinson L 19.2
1984 AU warning to men who gatecrash women only events Wimmin's Ball The Clem Parkinson L 19.13
1984 better to field your opponents' jibes than not be involved in the struggle! You Ain't Been Doin' Nothin' If You Ain't Been Called a Red Elliott Keenan B 19.21
1984 calypso style description of process of being a patient Working in the Hospital Ian Davison P 19.18
1984 Christmas island nuclear tests of 1958: cancer Just Lukewarm Martin Brown V 19.17
1984 Contribution of wives and women from other industries to miners' picket line Miner's Wife Ewan MacColl T 20.2
1984 Cuba 1950s Grenada 1983 and Greenham !983 Lovely Little Island Peggy Seeger J 19.23
1984 dangers of logging: loss of fingers Damned Piney Mountains Craig Johnson S 19.16
1984 dangers of mining to all but the songwriter who is warm because he has fuel to burn! Anthracite Tommy Patten S 19.14
1984 discrimination against women in jobs and pay Fifty-Nine Cents Fred Small O 19.08
1984 effect on children when parents separate I Cried Ruth Pelham Y 19.05
1984 miners' strike. Which side were you on? Daddy What Did You Do in The Strike? Ewan MacColl T 20.08
1984 moves towards gender equality are only token. Still Ain't Satisfied Bonnie Lockhart O 19.15
1984 Peggy's court statement: acting for the future! Tomorrow Peggy Seeger V 19.22
1984 propaganda especially during the miners' strike Media The Ewan MacColl C 20.09
1984 Ronald Reagan - visit to Ireland for roots or votes Votecatcher In The Rye Peggy Seeger A 20A.22
1984 shot down i World War II but still forced to work Go to Work on Monday Si Kahn W 19.01
1984 sketch on how others see Greenham women Layabout Song Gill Booth V 19.1
1984 stark choice between hard labour (e.g. mining) or war Way Down The Road Craig Johnson J 19.03
1984 stuff your medals. No one wins the war Tune of Death Jock Purdon W 19.07
1984 style of policing during the miners' strike Villain's Chorus Peggy Seeger T 20A.21
1984 support the union (not their wars) demand what is yours. Song of My Da Paul O'Brien T 19.06
1984 the horrible weaponry we give to fathers! Armanent Lullabye Bob Bossin W 19.24
1984 unflattering tribute to police as props for the rich Only Doing Their Job Ewan MacColl D 20.11
1984 warning to strike-busters Holy Joe From Scabsville Ewan MacColl T 20A.06
1985 through anger (women only) to calm (both sexes) Liberation Road Kerith Power O 20.25
1985 amusing reference to devil on earth (Belfast!). Guess who! Divil's Advice The Paul O'Brien I 20.18
1985 AU author = daughter of a railway signalman Mild Colonial Boy The Vonnie Clearskye L 20A.12
1985 AU Bob Hawke lampoon Back On The Grog Again Clem Parkinson L 20A.07
1985 AU Bob Hawke: move to right went in red came out blue. Bobby I Hardly Knew You John Quiggin L 20.03
1985 AU lampoon Andy Peacock takes Lib Opposition Party to the right Andy John Quiggin L 20A.01
1985 AU road sweeper active in youth could have been footballer - succumbs to drink Shoulda Been A Champion Denis Kevans L 20A.16
1985 AU Sheep shearing without beer = despair & confusion. Temperance Shearers Clem Parkinson L 20.1
1985 AU We are now fully politicised so get out of the way! Upwardly Socially Mobile Kerith Power L 20.16
1985 bureaucracy: improvement grants fail to target needs My Kitchen And My Loo Jan Bessent & Bill Murphy G 20.21
1985 class war sharply into focus again: poll tax etc Forty-Five Eighty-Five Peggy Seeger D 20A.05
1985 closure of machine tool company. All quiet now. Nobody Cares About That Larry Penn R 20.13
1985 cost of mine closures to the community. Class divide To Our Town Sue Edmonds R 20.02
1985 drunken wife-beating husband gets stitched in sheets and whacked by his wife. Stitch in Time A Mike Waterson (tune: Martin Carthy) O 20.12
1985 health effects of too much typing - poor working conditions. Tenosynovitis Edith MacIndoe S 20A.20
1985 human workers replaces by unreliable computers Little Boxes - new version Colin Bargery & Graham Goffe G 20.01
1985 Margaret Thatcher - depicted as a female Dracula Lady Dracumag Ewan MacColl A 20A.08
1985 Margaret Thatcher - search for an honorary degree Matter Of Degree A Peggy Seeger A 20A.11
1985 miners' strike. It will be your occupation next! Which Side Are You On 1984? Dick Gaughan T 20.26
1985 mocks the government’s concept of a nuclear shelter Super Nuclear Shelter John Pole V 20A.17
1985 Money on nuclear weapons while trains delayed by cold weather Because Of The Cold Betsy Rose V 20A.02
1985 Old age: little energy but golden memories. My Get Up and Go Pete Seeger Y 20.24
1985 opposition to rate capping by Mrs Thatcher Horo The Iron Maiden Bruce Dunnet D 20A.15
1985 peace would be wish no. 1 in a divided world Wishes Maria Tolly W 20.14
1985 reflect on where breaking the !984 strike will get you! Ode to a Scab Bronwen Westacott (music Peggy Seeger) T 20.05
1985 resistance to abolition of the GLC Public-Funded Workers The Dave Smith T 20A.14
1985 rich world poor world. Can the level of greed last much longer? Storm The Sandy Kreuzer J 20.07
1985 showcasing screen printing - worker now redundant Screen Printer Irene Scott Q 20.22
1985 solution to generating green power from hamster! Hamster Sid Ed Pickford U 20.17
1985 song for US workers' unions adapted as well for use in England We Ain't Gonna Give It Back John Connors T 20A.23
1985 the true cost of nuclear weapons in terms of bills cuts in social services etc If You Want The Bomb Peggy Seeger V 20.04
1985 tongue in cheek description of the perfect policeman Laughing Policeman Ian Campbell D 20A.09
1985 unemployed dad - family supported by grandad’s pension Child's Song Colin Bargery R 20A.03
1985 unflattering portrait of strike breaker Blackleg Mining Man Jock Purdon T 20.15
1985 ups and downs of temporary employment Overtime Larry Penn R 20A.13
1985 ups and downs of temporary employment: layoffs Still Losin' Jobs Larry Penn R 20A.10
1985 US railroad. Passenger services eliminated 1961 merger Down Along the Soo Line Craig Johnson P 20.19
1985 we're on strike. No entry to man until he replays evolution Anti-Nuclear Angels Stan Patman V 20.23
1985 youth unemployment: no plans or dreams even at 17 Tales of '81 Andy Victor R 20.06
1986 effects of temporary work and unemployment My Old Man Ewan MacColl R 16.02

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