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Unemployment Stomp

This song is by Big Bill Broonzy and appears on the compilation Ain't Times Hard: Political and Social Comment in the Blues (2008).

I'm a law abiding citizen and my debts I sure will pay
I'm a law abiding citizen and my debts I sure will pay
I hope war don't start and Uncle Sam have to send me away

I haven't never been in jail and I haven't never paid no fine, baby
I haven't never been in jail and I haven't never paid no fine, baby
I wants a job to make my livin' 'cause stealin' ain't on my line

I've knowed, a time when I have raised my own meat and meal
I've knowed, a time when I have raised my own meat and meal
My meat was in my smokehouse and my meal was in my field

When Mr. Roosevelt sent out those Unemployment cards
Yes, when Mr. Roosevelt sent out those Unemployment cards
I just knowed sure that work was goin' to start

Broke up my home 'cause I didn't have no work to do
I broke up my home 'cause I didn't have no work to do
My wife had to leave me 'Cause she was starvin' too

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