About the Song
It was released on MacColl's 1983" Freeborn Man" LP on Blackthorne Records with Peggy Seeger. MacColl & Seeger recorded many songs for the Radio Ballads series.
It portrays the lifestyle of Ireland and Britain's nomadic peoples. You can read about these on Wikipedia as itinerant groups of Europe, the Romani being the best known. There are 2 separete groups called Irish Travelers & Scottish Travelers.