11 country songs for "Occupy MN"
At least we got some rain this year.
Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
You load 16 tons, whaddya get? Well, you'd be lucky to get a coal mining job these days. Okay, so lucky's perhaps not the most apt word, but plenty of folks would be happy to get one, anyway.
Today, in recognition of the horse muck the folks in power have gotten us stuck in, and in honor of the folks who'll be protesting these folks and this muck downtown come Friday morning as part of "Occupy MN", 11 country songs about bein' down and out, bein' flat broke... and only occasionally, bein' happy in spite of it.
"I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore" - Woody Guthrie (1940)
I ain't got no home, I'm just a-ramblin' round/I'm just a wanderin' worker, I roam from town to town/The police make it hard wherever I may go/And I ain't got no home in this world anymore
"No Depression in Heaven" - Carter Family (1936)
I'm going where there's no depression/To the lovely land that's free from care/I'll leave this world of toil and trouble/My home's in Heaven, I'm going there
"Patches" - Jerry Reed (1981)
Oh, I can still hear Papa's voice sayin'/Patches, I'm dependin' on you son/I've tried to do my best/It's up to you to do the rest
"Coal Miner's Daughter" - Loretta Lynn (1969)
Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner's pay/Mommy scrubbed our clothes on a washboard every day/Why, I seen her fingers bleed, to complain, there was no need/She'd smile in mommy's understanding way
"Sixteen Tons" - Merle Travis (1946)
Some people say a man is made outta mud/A poor man's made outta muscle 'n blood/Muscle an' blood an' skin an' bone/A mind that's weak and a back that's strong/You load sixteen tons an' whaddya get?/Another day older an' deeper in debt/Saint Peter don'tcha call me 'cause I can't go/I owe my soul to the company store
"My Bucket's Got a Hole In It" - Hank Williams (1949)
Yea, my bucket's got a hole in it/Yea, my bucket's got a hole in it/Yea, my bucket's got a hole in it/I can't buy no beer.
"Fancy" - Bobbie Gentry (1969)
She handed me a heart-shaped locket that said"To thine own self be true"/And I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across the toe of my high-heeled shoe/It sounded like somebody else was talkin' askin', "Momma what do I do?"/She said, "Just be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy. They'll be nice to you."
"A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)" - Patsy Cline (1956)
I must make up my mind today/What to have, what to hold/A poor man's roses/Or a rich man's gold/One's as wealthy as a king in a palace/Tho' he's callous and cold/He may learn to give his heart for love/Instead of buyin' it with gold
"If We Make It Through December" - Merle Haggard (1973)
I got laid off down at the factory/And their timing's not the greatest in the world/Heaven knows I been workin' hard/I wanted Christmas to be right for Daddy's girl/Now I don't mean to hate December/It's meant to be the happy time of year/And why my little girl don't understand/Why Daddy can't afford no Christmas here
"Busted" - Johnny Cash (1963)
My bills are all due and the babies need shoes/But I'm busted/Cotton's gone down to a quarter a pound/And I'm busted/I got a cow that's gone dry/And a hen that won't lay/A big stack of bills/Getting bigger each day/The county's gonna haul my belongings away/But I'm busted
"Made in America" - Toby Keith (2011)
My old man's that old man/Spent his life livin' off the land/Dirty hands, and a clean soul/It breaks his heart seein' foreign cars/Filled with fuel that isn't ours/And wearin' cotton we didn't grow
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