“The Labour Boroo”


The singer dreams he is at the "Labour Borue." Everyone is polite; they offer a seat, brandy, a smoke, money for the asking, and a taxi home; his wife welcomes him. His wife wakes him. He screams. She asks if his worthless self had had a nightmare.


Morton-Ulster: "N.E. Ireland has always been the 'industrialized' sector of the country.... When a man is unemployed he faces what for many is a humiliating half-life of 'signing on at the Employment Exchange', otherwise known as the Labour Bureau (Borue)." - BS


  1. Morton-Ulster 25, "The Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hammond-Belfast, pp. 46-47, "The Labour Boroo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #2886
  4. BI, MorU025


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1970 (Morton-Ulster)
Found in: Ireland