Mudcat Café message #982729 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61198   Message #982729
Posted By: 12-stringer
14-Jul-03 - 01:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Born in Hard Luck (Chris Bouchillon)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Born in Hard Times,Chris Bouchillon
There's also a version of this on Tom Ashley's Folkways LP from the late 60s, with a C-A7-D7-G7-C progression underneath. It includes a couple of verses about losing jobs in (very) mildly risqué circumstances. If I recall correctly, he ends it up with a stanza and chorus of "Don't Let the Deal Go Down" ("I walked on down the road singing a little song and it went like this ... " At least, that's how I always did it, and I don't think I invented that part.)

I think it's called "Tom's Hard Luck Blues" on the LP, which is very out of reach at present. I played this myself a gazillion times in the 60s but even with the 12 on my lap I can't remember exactly how it went.