The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #354   Message #2364330
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
12-Jun-08 - 01:17 PM
Thread Name: Origins: One Meatball - blues song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Meatball - blues song
I had a recording of Josh White's version for many years. I think the reason for his success with it was twofold - his singular style and talent, along with the timing. The story of a gent down on his luck, spending what little he had on the only thing he could afford, resonated with depression era people. It may have started life as a comic ditty, but got more serious in that context.