From International Socialism (1st series), No.3, Winter 1960/61, p.11.
Thanks to Ted Crawford & the late Will Fancy.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
Jack London left school at the age of 12 to work as farmboy for 5s a week. This was in 1911. Three years later he joined the Essex Regiment in answer to ’Kitchener’s Call’ and remained with it for five years. He fled the post-war depression here only to meet it again in Australia whence he returned in 1925. For the last thirty years he has been driving buses for London Transport in Romford, Essex.
THE STROW UP-STRET
Loightly! loightly! treed wi’ fe’t,
Sarms be sung roun’ owd Ben’s bed,
But sing— Hellelujah! rejoice this day,
But now in churchyard, “owd Ben” lies,
AN ESSEX CROW-SCARING SONG
W’en oi wor a booy, f’r a tanner a daay,
Hulloo! yow Black Devils, hull-oo-oo hull-oo!
Oil com’ wi’ moy clappuds,
’En one day, in nex fi’ld; ’nother farmer did say:
Now yow shud hev sen’n ’ow woild! wor owd Farme’ Gray,
Now om owd, an’ in moy ’second choild’ood’ ter day;
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