Ry Cooder – How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?

Una canzone di Blind Alfred Reed che descrive bene il periodo della Grande Depressione, seguita al crollo della borsa di Wall Street nell’ottobre del 1929 e ricorda a tutti che siamo prigionieri e vittime degli stessi meccanismi di allora e per gli stessi motivi… ingiusta distribuzione del reddito, delinquenziale struttura del sistema bancario, concessione di un enorme massa di prestiti di natura speculativa. 

There once was a time when everything was cheap,
But now prices nearly puts a man to sleep.
When we pay our grocery bill,
We just feel like making our will —
I remember when dry goods were cheap as dirt,
We could take two bits and buy a dandy shirt.
Now we pay three bucks or more,
Maybe get a shirt that another man wore —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Well, I used to trade with a man by the name of Gray,
Flour was fifty cents for a twenty-four pound bag.
Now it’s a dollar and a half beside,
Just like a-skinning off a flea for the hide —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Oh, the schools we have today ain’t worth a cent,
But they see to it that every child is sent.
If we don’t send everyday,
We have a heavy fine to pay —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Prohibition’s good if ‘tis conducted right,
There’s no sense in shooting a man ‘til he shows flight.
Officers kill without a cause,
They complain about funny laws —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Most all preachers preach for gold and not for souls,
That’s what keeps a poor man always in a hole.
We can hardly get our breath,
Taxed and schooled and preached to death —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Oh, it’s time for every man to be awake,
We pay fifty cents a pound when we ask for steak.
When we get our package home,
A little wad of paper with gristle and a bone —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Well, the doctor comes around with a face all bright,
And he says in a little while you’ll be all right.
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?

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