Music & Song
The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)
"Which were the good men and which were the knaves?"
Old Clothes and Fine Clothes
25: Old Clothes and Fine Clothes
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|
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