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GUEST,Barrie Roberts Lyr Add: Pity the Downtrodden Landlord (100* d) RE: Lyr Add: Pity Downtrodden Landlord? 01 Apr 04

Hello everybody,

Yes, it is I. The same BR you have been anxiously seeking. Almost all of your references to me were true. I did have a fire & moved, but not far. Since then I have moved again -- but not far. I suppose I must like it round here!

My greetings to Steve Parkes, a great bloke to work with and one of the finest natural harmony singers I've heard. He (and anyone) can contact me at or visit my website at

The bad news is that I know very little about The Downtrodden Landlord. I learned it from a Topic EP called 'Songs For Swinging Landlords', where it was ascribed to the pre-war WMA. I like the additional verse, which I have never come across before.

I never recorded The Downtrodden Landlord. For the record (!) my recorded output consists of 1) an EP called 'Four Australian Songs', Ash Records, 1967, 2) 5 tracks on an LP called 'Rebellion', Folkways, 1977, 3) a cassette called 'Songs of the Square Ring', Pleckstrum Records, 1985, and 4) one track on 'This Label Is Not Removable', a 3 CD compilation, Free Reed Records, 2003. I came across a copy of 'Four Australian Songs' advertised on the net last night at 28$. If I'd known they were going to be worth that I'd have kept the whole issue!

As Steve said, I am now a fulltime writer (see website for glowing reviews) but do still sing at parties, fundraisers etc. I would love to hear from Steve or any of you. In the meantime, can anyone help me with a lyric. It goes to 'Danny Boy' aka 'The Londonderry Air' aka 'The Lament for Cuchulainn', and contains the following lines:

Oh softly sleep, the raging hills of sorrow,
Oh softly sleep, the gentle vales of pain,
As those who know they have no more tomorrow
But yet must rise to face the dawn again.

Author, rest of words, any information please.

Best wishes,

Barrie Roberts.

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