There are endless tunes about fussing and fighting and the reasons for this infighting are wide ranging and complex. However, there is very little mention of the co-operation that often takes place. A great example of this is "pardna" which I imagine is derived from "partner" or "partners". It's a very simple but effective way for poorer people to raise and save money. A responsible person is the "treasurer" and a group of people (usually made up of family or friends) give the treasurer a fixed sum of money every week. This is known as throwing your pardna. Each week one of the group is given all of the money in rotation which they would refer to as collecting their "pardna draw". This is how my parents and many others raised some of the money to come to the UK and how they saved for years once they were here.
Does anyone know of any tunes which mention pardna? To take things further, I think we should set up a B&F pardna club. Because I have a responsible job in a bank I could be the treasurer and every week you would send me £20 by PayPal. Then, one of you would collect your pardna draw each week to buy tunes with.
What do you think?