“Bad Luck Attend the Old Farmer”

Alternate titles: “The Ingy Buck”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1980 (IRHardySons)
Keywords: emigration hardtimes farming food America servant
Found in: Ireland

Description

A warning to servant boys seeking employment by farmers at hiring fairs. You are badly fed and "cold as lead." The singer will not hire for another half year. "Don't hire with any farmer ... But sail off to Amerikay, To a land where you'll be free"

Notes

The alternate title, "The Ingy Buck," refers to maize or "Indian Buck." (source: Notes to IRHardySons)

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References

  1. Roud #17894
  2. BI, RcBLATOF