MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Six Feet Of Earth
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 9
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

I’ll sing you a song of the world and it's ways
And the many strange peoples you meet
From the rich man that rolls in his millions of wealth
To a poor struggling on the street

Though a man may be born in tatters and rags
No matter what venture he tries
But when death in the end calls them all to their grave
Six feet of earth makes them both of one size

There's many a coat that is ragged and torn
But beneath lies a true honest heart
And because he's [sound blanked out here] in silk
Why society keeps them apart

On one fortune smiles the other one fails
No matter what venture he tries
But when death in the end brings them both to their grave
Six feet of earth makes them both of one size

Now if ever you’ll meet a poor fellow that tries
To battle the world and its frown
Just lend him a hand and perchance he'll succeed
Don't crush and try keep him down

For one cup of cold water in charity giv'n
Is remembered wit' j'y in the sky
Men of all ages remember my [noise on tape]
Six feet of earth makes us all of one size

[Noise on tape obscures rest of song]


Notes


Text: This text points out that ones position in life is ultimately irrelevant. In death, everyone become equal and are buried in six feet of earth.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The meter is 6/8. The key is G major with a range of a minor 7th from D to C-natural.

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