This is LaRena's recorded version of an early 19th century British broadside ballad the goes by the same title or as "Lancashire Lads". This variant has been localized to Canada. ("nineteen cents a day") I choose to think that the Canadian singers of this song may have been imagining the Fenian conflicts of the 1860s. I can't imagine what the drummer's "accordion drum" might be. Sounds like bad combination! I haven't found an earlier version with lyrics that suggest what this might be a corruption of.
There is a link below to a Youtube video of LaRena's entire Topic lp "A Canadian Garland" This song can be heard on that - along with many others.
The year I have given for all of LaRena's songs is the year she recorded them. The songs are much older than that. (mostly 19th century)
|Title||Rifle Boys (The) - LaRena Clark|
|Subject||Social Life & Love Songs of LaRena Clark|
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