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World Turned Upside Down - t shirt

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The woodcut originates from the period of the Civil War when every aspect of life changed dramatically,and the world was "turned upside down". So we see fish in the sky, a cats and rabbits chasing dogs,and the central figure of the man with his limbs in the wrong places.

This was intended to convey the strangeness of the times, something we will all be able to identify with what with BREXIT and Trump.

A folk song of the same name and period lamented the restrictions that the new regime placed on what it considered profane christmas celebrations. The last verse of the song goes:

"To conclude, I'le tell you news that's right, Christmas was kil'd at Naseby fight:
Charity was slain at that same time, Jack Tell troth too, a friend of mine,
Likewise then did die, rost beef and shred pie,
Pig, Goose and Capon no quarter found.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down."

​The best known reording is by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


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