THE POOR FORGOTTEN MAN (BOB MILLER) (1932)

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By July 1932 the country had reached the depths of the Depression. The Republican Hoover administration appeared powerless in its attempts to restore social and economic normality. Two Democratic hopefuls were battling for the party's Presidential nomination: Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt. On July 28 Miller entered Victor's New York studio to record nine masters in anticipation of the 1932 campaign; two are included here. "The Rich Man and The Poor Man" is a humorous look at class differences; "The Poor Forgotten Man" typifies the mood of the era's working class.
RONALD D. COHEN & DAVE SAMUELSON, Songs For Political Action (accompanying book), Bear Family Records, 1996, p. 59

Lyrics as reprinted ibid., p. 64
© 1932

Who's gonna vote on election day?
Who's finally gonna have his say?
Who's gonna cause a change -- hey, hey!
It's the poor forgotten man!

Who's been the backbone of our country?
It's the poor forgotten man!
Who always fought for liberty?
It's the poor forgotten man!
Politicians sing and dance
Got the poor man in a trance.
Who gets kicked right in his pants?
It's the poor forgotten man!

Who always pays when we win a war?
It's the poor forgotten man!
Who starves to death when he can't pay more?
It's the poor forgotten man!
Up in our great capital town
Men get callouses from sittin' down.
Who pays for this great renown?
It's the poor forgotten man!

Who raises kids while the rich raise hell?
It's the poor forgotten man!
Who'd think a good square meal was swell?
It's the poor forgotten man!
Contented cows drink from meadow pools
The beer we drink nowadays makes us fools.
Somewhere there's contented mules
Says the poor forgotten man!

Now who's gonna vote on election day?
Who's finally gonna have his say?
Who's gonna cause a change -- hey, hey!
It's the poor forgotten man!

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