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Thread #1441   Message #3105110
Posted By: GUEST,Old_Cowboy
01-Mar-11 - 02:40 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Dear Okie / Dear Oakie (O'Dell, Sooter)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dear Okie / Dear Oakie (O'Dell, Sooter)
There are a lot of versions of this song floating around including modifications by O'Dell himself in the 1960s. He added a second bridge:
"Now, he'll be lucky if he finds a place to live
But there's orange juice fountains flowing for those kids of his"
The original included only:
He'll never have to worry 'bout a place to live..." This based on the idea that the weather in CA was so mild that you could live in a labor camp while "picking up prunes". (I have seen versions using "picking up BROOMS", huh.)
The original, 1947 version (which was already retrospective to the dust bowl refugees of the 1930s) included references only to squeezing out olive oil and picking prunes, digging oil wells, raking up gold and picking in a band.
References to used cars, banks, freeway commuting, etc. were all added later to kind of bring the song “up-to-date.â€쳌

Be great if someone had a 1947, 78rpm version and could put it up on youtube. The 78 my dad had when i was 10 years old is long disappeared.