The Manchester Rambler (4:43)

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  • headey

    80th anniversary for this song next year -is anybody going up on Kinder to sing it? -I hear it is banned in some folk clubs!? Too old fashioned or too modern? ;-)

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • headey

    Apparently after a friend of Peggy Seeger took issue with him he later changed 'but I am a free man on Sunday' to 'but I have my freedom on Sunday'. That also gives the opportunity for the final chorus to be sung : 'but I have my freedom -and YOU have your freedom and WE have our freedom on Sunday'.

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • headey

    see for a couple of verses + talking + John Axon

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • almagal

    I suppose wage slave makes more sense. I am ashamed of myself...

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Bookman1974

    Almagal LOL! I've never heard this sung "..a white slave...": always "...a wage slave...". And LondonLouis - while this was indeed written to commemorate the 1932 Kinder Scout mass trespass it certainly remained very much live throughout the 60s and 70s when I was a rambler from Manchester, and is no doubt still sung today on walks throughout the region. And 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' was written in the mid 1950s about east midlands city Nottingham by Alan Sillitoe while convalescing in Mallorca: it's associated with the 1960s only because the 1960 film was popular then.

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • almagal

    Untrue Louis on this occasion. Here in Lancashire it's common practice to go for a ramble over the moors. I'm a 21 year old lad and me and mi' mates can enjoy newt better than a good ramble over the moors, a campfire and a coupla' spliffs. You southerners don't have our landscape and therefore have no option but your hard-drinkin' and what not... Wonderful song anyhow... Was it the themetune to Fred Dibner's TV program?

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • almagal

    A true Lancashire song. You can almost feel the mud under yer boots and the wind off the moors. "I may be a white slave on Monday, but I am a free man on Sunday"

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    A less uplifting take on the attractions of the weekend can be found in songs like "Blue Monday". This song reflects the uplifting radical ideology of the 1930s. By the 1960s, we were into the "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" era of the hard-drinking, hard-living weekend. To be fair to MacColl, the issue of city dwellers getting access to green space was a very real one during that 1930s period.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    I assume this would have been written in the 1930s, when radical ramblers from Manchester (led by, was it, Benny Rothman?) challenged the right of landowners to close off the Peak District to walkers. I've forgotten the full history, but they were successful enough to get the law changed in favour of ramblers.

    14 Feb 2009 Reply

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