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Lyr Req: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times ...?

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chazzzm@aol.com 01 May 98 - 01:54 PM
Joe Offer 02 May 98 - 04:22 AM
Joe Offer 04 May 98 - 03:39 AM
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Subject: How can a poor man stand such times ... Lyrics
From: chazzzm@aol.com
Date: 01 May 98 - 01:54 PM

Hello - I'm trying to find the full lyrics to "How can a poor man stand such times and live", originally recorded by Blind Alfred Reed in the 1920s, and also featured on Ry Cooder's first record. Can you help ?? Thanks in advance. Chaz


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES...^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 May 98 - 04:22 AM

HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES AND LIVE?
by Blind Alfred Reed ©1930, Peer International Corp.

D A D - / - - A - / D - G D // D A D -

There was once a time when everything was cheap
But now prices almost puts a man to sleep
When we pay our grocery bill
We just feel like makin' 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 three bucks or more,
Maybe get a shirt that another man wore.
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Well, I used to trade with a man by the name of Gray
Flour was fifty cents for a 24-pound bag
Now it's a dollar and a half beside
Just like skinnin' a flea for the hide.
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Oh, the schools we have today ain't worth a cent
But they see to it that every child is sent
If we don't send every day we have a heavy fine to pay.
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

Prohibition's good if 'tis conducted right
There's no sense in shooting a man 'til he shows flight
Officers kill without a cause,
Then complain about funny laws.
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?

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?

Well, the doctor comes around with a face so 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?

This text is from the "Rise Up Singing" songbook. I looked all around for a tune, but couldn't find it. Anybody got one to post?
-Joe Offer-^^


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Subject: RE: How can a poor man stand such times ... Lyric
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 May 98 - 03:39 AM

Say, anybody got this tune?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: How can a poor man stand such times ... Lyric
From: Dale Rose
Date: 04 May 98 - 06:56 PM

I have it on record by Alfred Reed, but I don't have tune capabilities. Of course, now that I have a new computer, Joe, I should be able to figure it out given enough time. . .


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Subject: RE: How can a poor man stand such times ... Lyric
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 May 98 - 04:11 AM

If you'd like to make a stab at posting a tune, Dale, that would be grand. If you don't have a MIDI program handy, you might like to download Noteworthy Composer. Even if you don't pay the $40 shareware fee, you can type up MIDI files for posting. I don't have a good enough ear to be able to type up a tune, jst from the sound of it. Have fun with your new computer. I'm always willing to give tune-posting coaching if you need it.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Tune Add: HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 May 98 - 04:29 PM

Thanks to Chazzz, here's the tune. Chazzz says this is the Ry Cooder version of the song. I originally posted a defective midi, but it didn't work very well. This should be just fine.
-Joe Offer-

MIDI file: HOWCAN~1.MID

Timebase: 192

Name: PoorMan
Text: Generated by NoteWorthy Composer
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

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Q:1/4=120
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Subject: RE: How can a poor man stand such times ... Lyric
From: simon-pierre
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 10:26 PM

aaargghlll!!! I spent the afternoon searching these lyrics on the net. I finally found them, and was about to post them to the forum, but I looked before if they were not already there... so here's the answer.. any reason why they're not already in the DT? Anyway, I should ALWAYS trust Mudcat before wasting my time. Great song tought - a little bit conservative, but it's funny. I learned it by The New Lost City Ramblers.

SP


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