The Roving Labourer

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    A Yard of Ale is the second album by Stuart Forester released on Melonstone Records, May 2013. Ten original songs plus an interpretation of the traditional English folk ballad The Factory Girl and a cover of the Mike Waterson ode to the ragged glory and ultimate decline of the UK fishing industry, Cold Coast of Iceland.
    'You feel as though you’ve been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life.' Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine.
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The Roving Labourer 2.36 Stuart Forester

A British rewriting of the American traditional song The Roving Gambler and incorporating a variation of the old Yorkshire saying “From Hell, Hull, and Halifax may the Good Lord deliver us”, which is most commonly known from the Thieves’, Beggars’ or Dalesman’s Litany.

I am a roving labourer and I’ve laboured all around
From Hull to Hell and Halifax I’ve laid the blackstuff down
From Hull to Hell and Halifax I’ve laid the blackstuff down
I’ve worked the farms all summer I’ve lugged me share of hods
From Aberdeen to Truro town I’ve worked all kinds of jobs
From Aberdeen to Truro town I’ve worked all kinds of jobs

I’ll shovel coals up the Tyne and I’ll graft for cash in hand
I’ll break me back for ale and snap
But I’ll take no shit from the ganger man
I am a roving labourer and I’ve laboured all the land

I had not been in Liverpool not many weeks than three
When I fell in love with Maggie Mae and she fell in love with me
Yes I fell in love with Maggie Mae and she fell in love with me
She took me to the dockside house and she bought me black and tan
She whispered sweet and low in me ear “I love me a labouring man”
She whispered sweet and low in me ear “I love me a labouring man”

I’ll shovel coals up the Tyne and I’ll graft for cash in hand
I’ll break me back for ale and snap
But I’ll take no shit from the ganger man

On highways and the railways on scaffolds and in mills
I’ve roamed this land with a shovel in my hand made from Sheffield steel
I’ve roamed this land with a shovel in my hand made from Sheffield steel
Cos I am a roving labourer and I’ve laboured all around
From Hull to Hell and Halifax I’ve laid the blackstuff down
From Hull to Hell and Halifax I’ve laid the blackstuff down

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from A Yard of Ale, released May 1, 2013
Written by Stuart Forester
Stuart Forester - Guitar & Vocals

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Stuart Forester London, UK

Stuart Forester is a South London based songwriter in the folk tradition who has quite some stories to tell. And that burning desire to chronicle the passage of life is fully realised on his new album A Yard Of Ale, to to be released 1st May 2013 through Melonstone Records.
'You feel as though you’ve been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life.' Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine.
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