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"Which were the good men and which were the knaves?"

Old Clothes and Fine Clothes


sheet music fading out into an oval. Musical instructions, 'lively'.


25: Old Clothes and Fine Clothes

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Roderick Williams

This light-hearted song seems to take its theme from the couplet preached by John Ball in 1381: ‘When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?’ .

The song was published in both the key of B flat and C.

An edition in Braille came out in 1925.

John Pride was was an unconventional character, born in Liverpool, an artist as well as a poet. He suffered from TB for much of his life, and spent his last years in Heswall in the Wirral, living with his old friend Fred Bower, a stonemason.

Shaw’s dedication is To Arthur Batchelor, who seems to have been a personal friend.


John Pride (1877 - 1941) JB Cramer 1922 currently out of print