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Ian Robb - Rose and Crown

Jolly Grinder, The
Old Rose and Crown, The
Singer's Farewell
Aftermath, The
Female Rambling Sailor, The
Iron Lady, The
John Barleycorn
Jolly Grinder, The
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Trees They Do Grow High, The

Take one darned fine ballad singer, a bunch of good songs, a group of excellent Canadian instrumentalists, and stir well. The mix will give you an outstanding recording such as this one. Strong singing of a wide variety of songs, plus some really neat tunes.

The Songs


Learned from my good friend Louis Killen (see discography), who has always been an inspiration. Louis says this parody of "The Miller of Dee," set in the iron and steel industry of the English 1830's, was part of a general reaction to the advocates of temperance, who seemed to be determined to remove every small pleasure from a worker's existence. Paraphrase of the period: "Work is the curse of the drinking classes." May the Moral Majority take note.

Ian: concertina
Grit: guitar, chorus
Anne: fiddle, chorus
Shelley: chorus

There was a jolly grinder
Once lived by the river Don;
He worked and sang from morning to night,
And sometimes he worked none.

But still the burden of his song Forever used to be,
“’Tis never worthwhile to work too long,
For it doesn't agree with me."

He seldom worked on Mondays,
Except near Christmas Day;
'Twas not the labour that he'd shun,
For 'twas easier far than play.

A pale teetotaller chanced to meet
Our grinder one fine day.
As he sat at the door with his pipe and his glass,
He unto him did say,
"You destroy your health and you senses, too." Says the grinder, "You're much too free! Attend to your work, if you've owt to do, And don't interfere with me!

"There's many like you go sneaking around,
Persuading beer drinkers to turn;
'Tis easier far on our failings to spout
Than by labour your living to earn.
I work when I like and I play when I can
And I envy no man I see.
Such chaps as you won't alter my plan,
For I know what agrees with me!"


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