“Downey's Our Member”


Chorus: "Now Downey's our member you all understand, So beware of the boar, the bull and the ram." The government does nothing. The worthless and crooked politicians are named.


Peacock gives no date for this song except to say that "the events described in this political ballad have long since ceased to be controversial." The animal symbolism, if that what it is, escapes me; one verse is "The next thing we heard of out here on the coast Some kind of a bull with a ring through its nose, And then a boar pig and a certified ram, And a spring fitted harrow to tear up your land." - BS


  1. Peacock, pp. 779-780, "Downey's Our Member" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9812
  3. BI, Pea779


Author: Leonard Hulan
Earliest date: 1960 (Peacock)
Keywords: moniker political
Found in: Canada(Newf)