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Thinking Tonight of an Old Southern Town, song lyrics

Song: Thinking Tonight of an Old Southern Town
Lyrics: Sarah Ogan Gunning(1)

Music: Sarah Ogan Gunning(1)
Year: c.1937(2)
Genre: A Cappella Folk
Country: USA


I'm thinkin' tonight of my old southern town
An' my loved ones that I left behind.
I know they are ragged an' hungry, too.
An' it sure does worry my mind.

Poor little chillun, so hungry an' cold,
The big mighty bosses so big an' so bold;
They stole all our land(3) an' they stole all our coal
We get starvation an' they get the gold.
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I know how it feels to be lonesome,
An' I know how it feels to be blue.
I know how it is to be hungry
An' I've sure been ragged, too.

I'm thinkin' of brother an' sister
From the loved ones whom I had to part,
I'm thinkin' of their little children
Who is so near to my heart.
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I'm thinkin' of heartaches an' starvation
That the bosses has caused me an' mine.
I'm thinkin' of friends an' neighbors
An' the loved ones that I left behind.

Now, if I had these rotten bosses
Where the bosses has got me,
What I wouldn't do to them rascals
Would be a shame to see.


Notes:

1 - Sarah Ogan Gunning (1910 - 1983), in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press, and Sarah Ogan Gunning, by Archie Green on Folkstreams.net.

2 - The Library of Congress has a recorded record of Thinking Tonight of an Old Southern Town by Alan Lomax done on November 11, 1937.

3 - This song is about coal companies forcing Kentucky subsistence farmers to hand their land over for only $10 an acre.