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GUEST,Bob Coltman Origin: Deadheads and Suckers (24) RE: Origin: Deadheads and Suckers 05 Nov 17

Two likely explanations occur to me as background for this song:

1. In the Depression (which hit the rural south in the early 1920s, years before the nation as a whole) those opposing Roosevelt and the New Deal might feel angry enough to despise "layabouts," "loafers" - hence deadheads - and those who took "freeloader jobs" on the public purse under the W.P.A. - hence bloodsuckers, or suckers.


2. If the song is older, it could go back to WWI and refer to those who dodged war service - hence "When good men are dying every day."

3. It might be a combination of the two, if the "good men are dying" chorus phrase came from a lost WWI song that got attached to a Depression song.

These might be some worthwhile directions to pursue in tracking down this song's roots.


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