To mark International Workers’ Day or May Day I thought I’d post an old Woody Guthrie song. In 1940 he was asked to write a union song from a “woman’s point of view”. Guthrie used the tune of Red Wing a popular song from 1907 by Kerry Mills. Mills had adapted his melody from a piano setting by Robert Schumann of a European folk song.
And because May 1st has also been traditionally a folk celebration in Europe of the arrival of spring perhaps the Schumann piece is not altogether inappropriate.
May 1st, as well as being International Workers Day/May Day/Labour Day/Labor Day/St Joseph the Worker Day, is also Batman and Mother Goose Day.