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Downtrodden Landlord

  • (Words T. Wolfe / tune trad?)

    Pity the downtrodden landlord
    And his back that's all burdened and bent
    Respect his gray hairs, don't ask for repairs
    And don't be behind in the rent

    Open your hearts and your purses
    To a man that is misunderstood
    He gets all of your kicks and your curses
    Yet he wishes you nothing but good
    He tearfully begs you to show him
    You think he's a man, not a louse
    So remember the debt that you owe him
    The landlord who lends you his house

    When thunder clouds gather and darken
    You may sleep undisturbed in your bed
    But the landlord must sit up and hearken
    And wonder and worry and dread
    If you die, then you'll go in a hurry
    And you never will know your bad luck
    But the landlord must sit up with worry
    Has one of my houses been struck

    When a landlord resorts to eviction
    Don't think that he does it from spite
    He's acting on deepest conviction
    And what's right, after all, is what's right
    But I see that your hearts are all hardened
    And I've been appealing in vain
    I hope my last plea will be pardoned
    As I beg on my knees once again

    As sung by Hamish Imlach

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1976:] Fürbitte für die Vermieter, die ganz allein sind und über ihr Geld weinen müssen, weil niemand sie liebt. (Notes Hamish Imlach, 'Scottish Sabbath')

  • [1980:] Parody lampoons were making some headway in the thirties and forties - songs like Pity the Downtrodden Landlord. [...] The parodies on the whole were never very good but they did help to [...] pave the way for an acceptance of precisely those two qualities [irresponsibility and irreverence] when the folk revival came. (Norman Buchan in Cowan 169)


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