Peggy Quotes

Peggy Seeger: She must be one of the most complete artists around today. -  Belfast Telegraph

Peggy Quotes 2

I came away from the auditorium holding back tears from the emotional impact of Peggy’s performance, and with a comforting, warm glow inside, a feeling of serious privilege at being in her company once again. I treasure every moment. Love will linger on…
-David Kidman


New City Songster - by Song Title

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


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

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