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N.R.A. Blues, song lyrics

Song: NRA Blues
Lyrics: Bill Cox(1)

Music: Bill Cox(1)
Year: 1933
Genre: Country
Country: USA


I work down in the 'ol sweat shop(2),
Sweet thing, sweet thing.
I work down in the 'ol sweat shop,
Work like a mule and never stop.
Sweet thing, yes baby mine.
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When you gonna join the NRA(3),
Sweet thing, sweet thing.
When you gonna join the NRA,
I never have heard the big boss say.
Sweet thing, yes baby mine.

I've got the blues,
I've got them NRA blues.
Lord, I got them NRA blues.

When payday come gonna get my check,
Sweet thing, sweet thing.
Payday come gonna get my check,
All I get's just a little wee speck.
Sweet thing, yes baby mine.
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When you're working for the NRA,
Sweet thing, sweet thing.
When you're working for the NRA,
You'll get short hours and get same pay.
Sweet thing, yes baby mine.

I've got the blues,
I've got them NRA blues.
Lord, I got them NRA blues.

The rich men's all on easy street,
Sweet thing, sweet thing.
The rich men's all on easy street,
And the poor man can't get enough to eat.
Sweet thing, yes baby mine.

When you all join the NRA,
Sweet thing, sweet thing.
When you all join the NRA,
We'll all feel happy and all feel gay.
Sweet thing, yes baby mine.

I've got the blues,
I've got them NRA blues.
Lord, I got them NRA blues.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the Bill Cox song, Banner record #33280, Conqueror # 8392, Melotone # 13248, and Perfect records # 13090, all recorded August 30, 1933.

2 - A "sweat shop" is a factory where very low wages over long hours are paid to manual workers (particularly in the clothing industry) and under bad working conditions.

3 - The N.R.A. was the National Recovery Administration as a result of the passing on June 16, 1933 of the (US) National Industrial Recovery Act.

4 - The N.R.A. created as part of Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" set maximum work hours and minimum wages in every industry, the right to unionize, safety standards, and prices.