Recorded by Guy Drake
Words and music by Guy Drake
[C] I've never worked much, In [C7] fact
[F] I've been poor [Dm] all my life
I [G7] guess all I really own
Is [C] ten kids and a wife
This house I live in is [C7] mine
But [F] it's really a [Dm] shack
But [G7] I've always managed to somehow
[C] drive me a brand new Cadillac.
[C] The back door steps [C7] ...
[F] They done fell [Dm] plumb down
The [G7] front screen door is off and
Laying [C] somewhere out there on the ground
The wind just now [C7] whooped
Up [F] another piece of that [Dm] tar
Roofing [G7] off the back; I sure hope it don't
[C] skin up that new Cadillac.
[C] The front porch post [C7] fell
[F] loose at the [Dm] bottom
It [G7] don't make no sense to fix 'em
'Cause that [C] floor's just too darn rotten
In Winter time we sometimes have [C7] some snow
That [F] blows in through the [Dm] cracks
If it [G7] gets too bad we all just pile up
And [C] sleep out there in that new Cadillac.
I know the place ain't much
But I sure don't pay no rent
I get a check the first of every month
>From this here Federal Goverment
Every Wednesday I get commodities
Sometimes four or five sacks
Pick 'em up down at the Welfare Office
Driving that new Cadillac.
Some folks say I'm crazy
And I've even been called a fool
But my kids get free books and
All them there free lunches at school
We get peanut butter and cheese
And man, they give us flour by the sack
'Course them Welfare Checks
They meet the payments on this new Cadillac.
Now the way that I see it
These other folk are the fools
They're working and paying taxes
Just to send my young'uns through school
The Salvation Army cuts their hair and
Gives them clothes to wear on their backs
So we can dress up and ride around
And show off this new Cadillac.
But things are still gonna get better yet
At least that's what I understand
They tell me this new President
Has put in a whole new poverty plan
He's gonna send us poor folks money
They say we're gonna get it out here in sacks
In fact, my wife's already shopping around
For her new Cadillac.