Song about the 'hard times' in the late 1870s when there were a number of pit strikes, wages were low, and work was scarce.
The author of this song, Thomas Kerr, was born in the Black Gate, Newcastle. A friend of the song-write, Joe Wilson, Kerr moved to Blyth where he became involved in the press industry. Thomas Kerr wrote a number of Tyneside songs, winning several prizes in the Chater's song competitions, and was also a journalist for a number of local papers.
The songs forms part of a collection held by Newcastle City Library. The collection comprises much of the original material collected by Thomas Allan for the publication of 'Allan's Tyneside songs'. From original Ned Corvan manuscripts to photographs of Joe Wilson, and correspondence from local figures such as Joseph Cowen, the collection provides a genuinely fascinating glimpse of some of the region's best known composers. The material dates from 1860 to 1890, spanning the dates of the various publications of the book in 1862, 1863, 1864, 1872, 1873 and 1891.