Saturday, May 24, 2008

cheer up, Brian! - #2


So as not to leave you all feeling too desperate and hopeless: 



This is a song I've known for ... gads, decades, now.  

The message to take away- he is not kidding.  None of these people are, and the song never was.

But.

They survived.  And they still smile.  So can you.  Bad times- really bad times- are a long way from new in this world; or even in this country.
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The first version I learned was this one: 

“Dirt Farmer” (Tracy Schwarz) lyrics:

Now the poor old dirt farmer, he lost all his corn
And now where’s the money to pay off his loan?
The loan that he signed to pay off his corn
To pay off his loan.

Now the poor old dirt farmer, he’s dry as a bone
And the only thing growin’ is a ten-pound stone
And when it gets round he'll roll it on down
To the tax man in town.

Now the poor old dirt farmer, he lives all alone
His wife and kids left him, and took all he owned
And on the next round, they took all they found
That wasn’t nailed down.

Now the poor old dirt farmer how bad he must feel
He upset his tractor, got caught in the wheel
And now his head is the shape of the tread
But he still isn’t dead.

Now the poor old dirt farmer, he lost all his corn
And now where’s the money to pay off his loan?
The loan that he signed to pay off his corn.
To pay off his loan.
To pay off his corn.
To pay off his loan.
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Folks survive. And smile. We need to decide to survive; and still smile, sometimes.

2 comments:

LisaZ said...

Love that song, and video. It's new to me. Thanks for posting.

Lisa in Central MN

Anna M said...

Sometimes just making yourself smile is the way to feel better. With three Corgi kids I can usually find something to grin about.

Thanks for writing!