December 04, 2009
The Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People Series

Back in first half of the last century, a small music book, through its authors, tried to find a publisher for a book of songs, but had quite a bit of trouble getting a publisher to accept the book. Perhaps it was the subject, perhaps people didn’t want to think about the past, but nevertheless, finally, in 1967 the book was published and is now quite rare, sales in the heady days of the 1960s were not exceptional, even though Bob Dylan had launched his career originally and later partly, based on the career of Woody Guthrie.

Now somewhat rare, the book contains the words and music to a great deal of music that Woody Guthrie wrote during the first great depression. Let us hope that our current President and the ones that follow avert a second unless the time for that is past, although that question is quite debatable, as you will read in the previous post that Chuck just put up.

Since I’m not up to writing much at all about politics these days, the subject being quite depressing, and because Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ghost should be haunting every politician today, I’ve decided today to add some music to the blog during this season by posting songs either from or related to this book.

That we need to hear these songs to make us aware that the current financial situation for individuals in America is perhaps approaching the desperate straits in the 1930s that so many Americans found themselves in seems apparent to me. If the situation doesn’t seem to be bordering on analogous to you, perhaps you might take a look at this playable national unemployment time graph (click on the arrow), current as I write these words.

Two songs, one in the book and one not, but perhaps based upon Guthrie’s famous song, I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore are available for watching and viewing below. I hope the blog owner will forgive me for the length of the post due to this diatribe and the posting of two songs is not my norm (or is it?) but these are not normal times and abnormal times occasionally call for unusual action (hint to President Obama).

To fully appreciate the intent of this post, please play the unemployment chart, link above, which contains the unemployment time line and shows the desperate straits that many of your neighbors are likely in, so many Americans living week to week, many out of necessity, and watch and listen to the songs below. These are indeed the times that try men’s souls. Which is perhaps is what people like George Bush and Alan Greenspan wanted to accomplish, or so it seems to me, may their souls rot in hell from this date forward.

I’m doing far more than I ever have (not that I’ve ever done enough) for the homeless and the hungry and the lonely this year. Travel is likely to be light this year so there will be more lonely old folks this year so don’t forget the older folks, who may be having a harder time due to age and loneliness and lack of money and perhaps homelessness this year. And don’t forget our youngest victims of this jobless time, those who without your help may be Santa Clausless this year.

I hope you will too. But please, help where your heart insists this year. And feel free to recommend worthy charities to our readers in the comments section below, although I may take the editorial liberty of editing out comments (which we rarely do on this blog) soliciting help for unworthy charities which pay enormous salaries to their staff or which pay a pittance to those they seek to help, which I also hope the owner and editor will forgive.



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Posted by Buck Batard at December 04, 2009 07:21 AM
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You're right about that unemployment chart, Buck. Thanks for putting it up. Chilling.

Posted by: Duff Orben on December 4, 2009 10:29 AM

An Army Air Corp vet taught me the meaning of the phrase, "That's a washer-biter!"
That graphic most definitely is a washer-biter.
I'm stealing it to send to some others, with references.
Thanks again for putting it up.

Posted by: John Gall on December 4, 2009 12:36 PM
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