Second Shift is a second record of industrial songs and ballads. Some of the songs were written this year and some three hundred years ago. Some are short ditties and some are great ballads on the scale of the ballads found in the Child collection. None chunter about the dignity of labour, they accept that man must work and will sing about his work.
THE SONG OF THE IRON ROAD
Written by Ewan MacColl and arranged by Peggy Seeger, this song forms part of the narration of The Ballad of John Axon, a radio documentary first broadcast by the B.B.C. Home Service in April, 1958. The material for both the song and the programme was collected at the Edgeley Loco Shed, Stockport, Cheshire.