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Starvation Blues

This song is by Charley Jordan and appears on the compilation album Charley Jordan Vol. 1 (1930-1931) (1992) and on the compilation Ain't Times Hard: Political and Social Comment in the Blues (2008).

Lord, Lord, starvation is at my door
Lord, Lord, starvation is at my door
Well, it ain't no need of running because I ain't got no place to go

The grass is all dying, the rivers all dropping low
The grass is all dying, the rivers all dropping low
Do you know what is the matter? Starvation is at my door

Well, I used to eat cake baby, but now I have to eat hard cornbread
I used to eat cake, but now I have to eat hard cornbread
And now I would rather be sleeping somewhere in the graveyard dead

There's more women standing begging, that never had to beg before
There's more women standing begging, that never had to beg before
The starvation times have drove them from their door

Now I almost had a square meal the other day
Now I almost had a square meal the other day
But the garbage man come and he moved the can away

Now I remember one time when I had a-plenty to eat
Now I remember one time when I had a-plenty to eat
But now the time has come and I can't find no place to sleep

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