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Published on Oct 14, 2009
An English folk song, of unknown authorship. Written somewhere between the late 1800s and early 1900s. The term "blackleg" is older slang meaning "scab". There was a great hostility among the unionized miners towards anyone who chose to cross their striking lines. This song is from Richard Thompson's 1000 Years Of Popular Music. While I have not heard the album in it's entirety, I have seen the show (with my mother) and found it to be extremely educational as well as musically stunning. Mr Thompson takes us through the centuries of various musical cultures.