Re: songs about the great depression
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Steve Gardner" <steve@t...>
> Hey Carl,page:
> While searching for those Blind Alfred Reed lyrics I found this
>one of the most famous Depression era songs.
> Brother Can You Spare a Dime from 1932 (sung by Bing) is probably
>Brother Can You Spare A Dime is also on that Dave Alvin/Sun Ra lp.
> steve, who hasn't thought about this music in a while...
Can't remember lp title offhamnd.
Np Tim Buckley Boboquivari from Timbuckley.org Mp3
- I only recently discvovered one of my favorite cuts about being down and out in
that era, from a seemingly unliely source--the best kind. this is "Share Croppin'
Blues" as sung by Southern pop star Kay starr in about 1950, looking back; it's
on the CD "The Definitive Kay Starr" and is quite something.
I would also look to other places people won't thunk of so fast--like "The
Forgotten man" number form Golddiggers of 1933; it's on CD somwhere, and
pwoerful--though moreso whewn you see the Busby Berkeley approach gone
poliical. (Goebbels was so moved by this he tried to get Berkeley to move to
There's really a LOt in the blues area, unsurprisingly. See: "I Heard the Voice of
a Pork Chop" by Jim Jackson (about an empty stomach) , and "The Northern
Starvers Are Coming home" (laughing at folks who went north from Mississippi
and did worse )by Charlie McCoy....
And, uh, you could probably locate a Wody Guthrie song or two that woud work