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Oh dear me, Dream World - Electrux - Other Things mill's gannin' fast The puir wee shifters canna get a rest Shiftin' bobbins coorse and fine They fairly mak' ye work for your ten and nine.
Oh dear me, I wish the day was done Rinnin' up and doon the Pass it is nae fun Shiftin', piecin', spinnin' warp weft and twine Tae feed and clad my bairnie affen ten and nine. Oh dear me, the warld is ill divided Them that works the hardest are the least provided I maun bide contented, dark days or fine For there's nae much pleasure livin' The Height Of The Fighting - Heaven 17 - 5 Classic Albums (Box Set, Album, Album, Album, Album, Albu ten and nine.
Since Ewan MacColl introduced it to the folk scene the song has become very popular. Notes Jean Redpath, 'Ballad Folk'. It was a common sight to see women, after a long ten-hour-day in the mill, running to the stream wash-houses with the family washing.
They worked up to Brave - Marillion - Made Again last few days before The Jute Mill Song - The Laggan - Gie It Laldy (Give It All) their bairns. Often they would call in at the calenders from their work and carry home bundles of sacks to sew. These were paid for at the rate of 5d for 25, 6d for a coarser type of sack.
Infant and maternal mortality in Dundee was the highest in the country. The Scottish Folksinger For most of the 20th century women dominated the workforce.
Men were due pay rises at the ages of 16, 18 and 21, and employers often preferred to lay men off rather than grant the extra wages. There is some evidence to suggest that men were not keen to adopt the new power looms when they were introduced in the 19th century, and so the employers willingly replaced the workforce with women. This also ties in with the theory that the employers, keen to avoid strike action from the male unions, found women 'more manageable'.
It was quite common for a married woman to go out to work at the mill, and for her husband to stay at home, looking after the house and children. Gatherer Shifting, piecing and spinning were three jobs of work on the 'flett' - the platform on which the spinning machinery stood. The shifter was the person who removed full bobbins from the spinning frames and replaced them with empty ones.
These workers were also called 'doffers' [ Some parts of this song are likely to have been taken from an older song. Charlie Lamb heard from his father that 'ten and nine' [ten shillings and ninepence] was the pay rate for jute workers before the First World War, in the form of a gold half-sovereign and ninepence. Although small in stature, Mary was an active spokesperson for the working class in general and the jute millworkers in particular. At the age of thirteen Mary began work as a shifter [ To quote Nigel Gatherer [ Mary died inat the age of eighty-two.
I am doing a thesis on Mary Brooksbank and I thought you might like this piece of information regarding the Jute Mill Song. This is an excerpt The Jute Mill Song - The Laggan - Gie It Laldy (Give It All) an interview with Mary regarding the origin of the song itself.
Mary Brooksbank, A4. School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. Song; The Jute Mill Song Hamish Henderson : And how much of that was what they were singing in the mill and how much did you add to it?
Mary Brooksbank: Only the ditty, 'Oh dear me, the mill's gaen fest. And that verse, 'to feed and cled my bairnie' was brought to me by a lassie who was worried. It wis hard lines if she, ye hid an illigitimate child and you had to pay for it aff that meagre wage, you know what I mean, and she used to say, oh I wish the day was done. And eh, tell me her troubles, her trackles, what she hid tae dae for her bairn and that, nae help that sort o' thing, and that brought that tae mind.
And then I used to think on my own aboot how ill divided the world wis. My mother put me into service for a period; tried to make me genteel you know. She gave me a lovely outfit but it did'na suit me, it was the worst thing she could have did because I saw right away the contrast between their homes and ours, you know, thon's o' the The Jute Mill Song - The Laggan - Gie It Laldy (Give It All) and ours.
Susannes Folksong-Notizen  Mary Brookbank [sic! Notes 'Presenting The Ian Campbell Folk Group '  [This] sprang from the bones of one traditional verse and a great deal of direct personal experience as a child worker. The Scottish Folksinger  From the latter half of Mike Oldfield - QE2 19th century until the late s, Dundee was the centre of a thriving jute industry, which employed Spider Lily - haLRu - Spider Lily large segment of the town's labour, adults and children alike.
Gatherer 80 Shifting, piecing and spinning were three jobs of work on the 'flett' - the platform on which the spinning machinery stood. Gatherer 96  This outstanding song was written by the diminutive Mary Brooksbank from Dundee.
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