"Poor Man" as written by and Arr.: Hayes Traditional....
Hush up, honey, don’t you cry
Things are gonna get better in the by-and-by
And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world

Work through the winter, work through the spring
Yeah plant my corn and taters and then it wouldn't rain
And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world

Now I got down on my knees
Lord I thought I’d pray
Along come a great big flood
Washed everything away
And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world

Work through the winter, Lord, work through this fall
All I got for Christmas was a pair of overalls
And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world

Well I got down on my knees
Looked up to the sky
All I can think of is to ask the good Lord why
And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world

Well hush up, honey, Lord don’t get down
You know that I love you every way around
And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world

And there ain’t a thing for a poor man
In this world


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"Poor Man" as written by Kevin Paul Hayes Critter Fuqua

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    General CommentThemes: Labor, (Putting a lot of work and faith into something and being disappointed)

    Another hymal. I dont know many slave songs, but these are definitely wage slavery songs.
    Dude figures theres another world where he will be saved.

    Poor Man: Someone who believes in God and works ass off for a living at the same time.

    Ya'll should ask yourselves: Is there anything for a Poor Man here in America?
    I think what Old Crow feels sorry for people clinging to religion. it's a last hope,

    Let me just say this: I think Old Crow is at its best with this hymnal-country material. It is about a desperate hope. A desperate hope that life will improve if not in this life the next one due to humility before God. The songs about what is sin and what is really just human nature make me think.

    To me, a capitalist industrial engineering hopeful, I feel like the poor man is an everyman hero. Which is really sad. Many people can identify with the song even if they dont believe in God because the song is about desperate hope in general. The desperate hope that someone loves you when you are not totally sure they are. Or even the desperate hope that loves exists period, not just an evolutionary trait that helps our natural selection. Personally, I feel that you can never really know what someone thinks about you. So get out your desperate hope checklist, a box of wine, and loop this song.
    adoyle3on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs by them,there honest,this song is absolutely true
    johnoxon January 05, 2011   Link

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