Was there a ‘Moribund the Burgermeister’ before Peter Gabriel’s song? i.e., was there a folk tale about such a figure?
Here is what Song Facts has to say:
I have no idea how accurate that is.
Was there a character named Moribund the Burgermeister associated with this disease? (i.e., before Gabriel mentioned the name in his song?)
Here is a blog which discusses the meaning of this song.
None of the contributors mention a real Moribund the Burgermeister. There’s a pretty strong argument for the lyric telling a story about the plague.