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Working on the Project

This song is by Peetie Wheatstraw and appears on the compilation album Peetie Wheatstraw Vol. 5 1937-1938 (1994) and on the compilation Ain't Times Hard: Political and Social Comment in the Blues (2008).

I was workin' on the project, beggin' for relief for shoes
I was workin' on the project, beggin' for relief for shoes
Because the rock an concrete, hoo-well-well, now they giving my feet the blues

Workin' on the project, with holes all in my clothes
Workin' on the project, with holes all in my clothes
Tryin' to make me a dime, to keep the rent man from puttin' me outdo's

I am workin' on the project, tryin' to make both ends meet
I am workin' on the project, tryin' to make ends meet
But the payday is so long, woo-well-well, until the grocery man won't let me eat

Workin' on the project, my gal spending all my dough
Workin' on the project, my gal spending all my dough
Now I have waked up on her, ooh-well-well, and I won't be that weak no mo'

Workin' on the project, with payday three or four weeks away
Workin' on the project, with payday three or four weeks away
Now, how can you make they meet, ooh-well-well-well, when you can't get no pay?

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