Robin & The Banker

from Mountscribe by Rowan Piggott

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When I was a little boy, I used to tell adults that I was going to be “Rowan Hood" when I grew up... So it was that I learnt a song about my childhood hero called Robin & The Pedlar. Then, during my time at university, I joined a campaign for The Robin Hood Tax and ended up re-writing the words... and maybe the time signature.


I sing to you of a banker bold
A banker bold he chanced to be
He got his pack up on his back
And went a-rambling o'er the lea.

By chance he met with two grey-clad men
Two grey-clad men he chanced there upon
The one of them was brave Robin Hood
And his companion was Little John.

“Banker pray tell what's in your pack
What's in your pack I would know..."
“I have a pittance of worthless coin
And useless bonds that I'm owed."

Then Robin Hood he drew out his sword
But this bold banker stood fast
They fought till blood in a river ran
The banker gave ground at last.

Robin opened the banker's pack
And golden guineas spilled out
But he found one tiny penny there
And with this he turned about.

“If every banker who came this way
Gave just one penny to me
I'd raise enough to feed all starved folk
Who ramble over the lea."

“I'd have the riches to nurse the sick
The means to shelter the poor,
If only courts throughout all the land
Would make this small tax the law!"


from Mountscribe, released January 14, 2018
Rowan Piggott – Voice / Fiddle
Felix Miller – 12-string Guitar
Anna Tabbush – BVs


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Rowan Piggott Sheffield, UK

Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for The Living Tradition magazine and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. In 2016, he won the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival. ... more

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