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Six Feet Of Earth (MacEdward Leach)

I'll sing you a song of the world and its ways,
And the many strange people you meet;
From the rich man that rolls in his millions of wealth,
To a poor struggling wretch 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 not dressed like his neighbour, 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 to keep him down.
For one cup of cold water in charity given,
Is remembered with joy in the sky;
Men of all ages, remember my friend,
Six feet of earth makes us all of one size.

####.... Stu Clayton. See note below ....####
Collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1958 from Mrs Olive Coberley of Weaubleau, Missouri, by Max Hunter and published as #256 in the Max Hunter Folk Song Collection, edited by Dr Michael F Murray, Missouri State University.

Note: Two copies of a 1966 music manuscript from the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management's Don Messer exhibit, retrieval number 1998-132/030/6202, identify the composer of Six Feet Of Earth as Stu Clayton.



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