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Bad Housing Blues, song lyrics

Song: Bad Housing Blues
Lyrics: Waring Cuny & Josh White (2)

Music: Josh White
Year: circa 1940
Genre: Blues
Country: USA


I woke up this morning rain water in my bed.
I woke up this morning rain water in my bed.
You know my roof was leaking, lord leaking on my head.

Now there ain't no reason I should live this way.
Now there ain't no reason I should live this way.
I done lost my job can't even get on the W.P.A..
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Lord I wonder when I'll hear good news.
Lord I wonder when I'll hear good news.
Right now I'm gonna tell you how I got them bad housing blues.

I'm goin' to the Capitol, goin' to the White House lawn.
I'm goin' to the Capitol, goin' to the White House lawn.
Better wipe out these slums, been this way since I was born.


Notes:

1 - 2011 trancription from a 1941 recording by Josh White.

2 - Roosevelt's Blues, African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR, by Fuido Van Rijn, p. 94.

3 - The WPA, was the Works Project Administration an agency of the FDR's New Deal, which existed between 1935 and 1943.

4 - Josh White in Wikipedia