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How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live chords - Blind Alfred Reed

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                Lyrics as reprinted in liner notes for "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?" Rounder 1001, 1972
Blind Alfred Reed
Hard Times Come Again No More, Album
November 27, 2008
Banjo tuned E, Key D no Capo



Tell Me How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?


         D           G          D        G      D
    There once was a time when everything was cheap,
              D            G              D
    But now prices nearly puts a man to sleep.
             G               D
    When we pay our grocery bill,
              G                   D
    We just feel like making our will --
             G             D              G          D
    Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

                    G      D        G        D
    I remember when dry goods were cheap as dirt,
                      G        D     G      D
    We could take two bits and buy a dandy shirt.
                G               D
    Now we pay three bucks or more,
                  G          D     G    D
    Maybe get a shirt that another man wore --
             G          D                 G          D
    Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

          D           G          D           G       D  
    Well, I used to trade with a man by the name of Gray,
               G                 D       G           D
    Flour was fifty cents for a twenty-four pound bag.
                 G               D
    Now it's a dollar and a half beside,
            G        D          G            D     
    Just like a-skinning off a flea for the hide --
             G         D              G              D    
    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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