A Break July 4, 2018

A Song For The Border

Slide doesn’t get better than this

Ten years before we needed it most. Ry Cooder’s “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live.” Slide doesn’t get better than this. Cooder always seems to find a spiritual side to his songs. This is no exception: it’s his best.

All we need to do is turn the TV sound off and listen to this while the reporters angle for the heart of a story on the border, lost in sound bites and broken news.

A younger Ry Cooder and The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces

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  • July 4, 2018

    Lyrics
    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?

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

    I remember when dry goods were cheap as dirt
    We could take two bits and buy a dandy shirt
    Now we pay ten bucks or more
    Maybe get a shirt that another man wore
    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 bone
    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?

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