How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and LivE?

Well, the doctor comes 'round here with his face all bright 
And he says "in a little while you'll be alright" 
All he gives is a humbug pill, a dose of dope and a great big bill 
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?
He says "me and my old school pals had some might high times down here 
And what happened to you poor black folks, well it just ain't fair" 
He took a look around gave a little pep talk, said "I'm with you" then he took a little walk 
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live? 
There's bodies floatin' on Canal and the levees gone to Hell 
Martha, get me my sixteen gauge and some dry shells 
Them who's got got out of town 
And them who ain't got left to drown 
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live? 
I got family scattered from Texas all the way to Baltimore 
And I ain't got no home in this world no more 
Gonna be a judgment that's a fact, a righteous train rollin' down this track 
Tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?

 


Song Informationen:
Im Jahr 2006 für das Album "The Seeger Sessions" aufgenommen aber nicht veröffentlicht. Mehrmals auf der "Seeger Session Tour" gespielt und letztendlich auf "Live in Dublin" veröffentlicht.