The Songs He Sang
Beans, Bacon and Gravy: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
I was born long ago, in 1894. I've seen many a panic, I will hold. I've been hungry, I've been cold, And now I'm growing old, But the worst I've seen was 1931. Chorus: Oh, those beans, bacon and gravy, They almost drive me crazy, I eat them till I see them in my dreams. When I wake up each morning, And another day is dawning, I know I'll have another mess of beans. We congregate each morning in the county barn at dawning, And everyone is happy, so it seems. But when our work is done, we file in one by one, And thank the Lord for one more mess of beans. Chorus: We have Hooverized on butter, for milk we've only water, And I haven't seen a steak in many a day. For pies and cakes and jellies we substitute sow bellies, For which we work the county road each day. Chorus: If there ever comes a time, when I have more than a dime, They will have to put me under lock and key. For I've been broke so long, I can only sing the song, Of the workers and their misery.
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