WHITE HOUSE BLUES (PARODY) (1932-'33)

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This 1930s parody of Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers' famous song recalls Franklin Delano Roosevelt's victory over Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election (472 electoral votes to Hoover's 59) and the hopes of the "common man" for an improvement of his situation.

Lyrics from Jerry Silverman, The American History Songbook, Digital Tradition filename: WHITHOU2

Look here, Mr. Hoover, it's see what you done;
You went off a-fishin', let the country go to ruin.
Now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

Roosevelt's in the White House, doin' his best,
While old Hoover is layin' 'round and takin' his rest.
Now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

Pants all busted, patches all way down,
People got so ragged they couldn't go to town.
Now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

Workin' in the coal mines, twenty cents a ton,
Fourteen long hours and your work day is done.
Now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

People all angry, they all got the blues,
Wearing patched britches and old tennis shoes.
Now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

Got up this morning, all I could see
Was corn bread and gravy just a-waitin' for me.
And now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

Look here, Mr. Hoover, it's see what you done;
You went off a-fishin', let the country go to ruin.
Now he's gone, I'm glad he's gone.

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