Hard times is here and everywhere you go
Times are harder than ever been before

You know that people, they are are driftin' from door to door
But you can't find no heaven, I don't care where they go

People, if I ever can get up off of this old hard killin' floor
Lord, I'll never get down this low no more

When you hear me singin' this old lonesome song
People, you know these hard times can last us so long

You know, you say you had money, you better be sure
Lord, these hard times gon' kill you, just drag on slow

Lyrics submitted by FackingHell

Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues Lyrics as written by Nehemiah 'skip' James

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    General CommentThere are great contrasts between versions of this song, the 1931 version you can hear skip james singing this song like he means it, and it is very contemparary to his period in time.

    This song is basically about being poor and having to move from door to door, or home to home, job to job. a "Killin' Floor" is old 30's slang for a Slaughter house where the blacks would often have the worst jobs of all. The slaughter house was the only placement of work many black americans who migrated north to the illinois region at this time could get a job at.

    in the 1960's version he seems to be singing this song in retrospective of his life and in my opinion sounds even sadder.
    FackingHellon October 01, 2006   Link

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