This is another amusing song I learned from Brian Kelly
when in the Idle Fellows
and have found absolutely no record of it anywhere. It's the story of one William Brown who is threatened with the sack if he doesn't work harder. Well, our Bill works so hard and produces so much that his boss can't sell it. "The market falls and the price goes down, in seven more days they sack young Brown"
, as the song goes. If there is a moral to this song, then it beats me!
Since writing the above, not so long ago, I have just (at 23.54 on Friday 22nd of January 1999) come across a certain Stan Kelly of Liverpool on the Internet. The plot thickens! Could Stan and Brian be related? Stay tuned, dear surfer, don't fail to miss the next exciting installment.
A bloody southerner, after moving to Yorkshire (England's Texas) some 20 odd years later, my ignorance on this belter of a song surfaced. While buffing up my Yorkshire repertoire, I learned from the good folk at Yorkshire Garland that it was first published in the Labour Community Song Book
bv I.L.P. Publications
(Brian's source?) in 1927.
It was written by one Arthur T. Hagg
using the old tune of So Early in the Morning
with a few verses penned by Bill Keable.
Oh! The late lamented Brian Kelly was not related to Stan,