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Coyote 07 Jul 02 - 01:09 PM
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Subject: Old Age Pension Check
From: Coyote
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 01:09 PM

OLD AGE PENSION CHECK Roy Acuff

When our old age pension check comes to our door, We won't have to dread the poor house anymore. Though we're old and thin and gray, Good times will be back to stay, When our old age pension check comes to our door.

When her old age pension check comes to her door, Dear old grandma won't be lonesome any more. She'll be waiting at the gate, Every night she'll have a date, When her old age pension check comes to her door.

Grow a flowing long white beard and use a cane, 'Cause you're in your second childhood, don't complain. Life will just begin at sixty, We'll all feel very frisky, When our old age pension check comes to our door.

Powder and paint will be abolished on that day, And hoop skirts will then be brought back into play. Painted cheeks will be the rage, And old maids will tell their age, When their old age pension check comes to their door.

All the drug stores will go bankrupt on that day, For cosmetics, they will all be put away. I'll put a flapper on the shelf, Get a grandma for myself, When her old age pension check comes to her door.

There's a man that turned this country upside-down With his old age pension rumor going 'round. If you want in on the fun, Send your dime to Washington, And that old age pension man will be around.

Recorded by Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys, Memphis, TN, 5 Jul 1939 © 1962 Acuff-Rose Publications, Inc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Age Pension Check
From: Abby Sale
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 09:21 AM

 
Note that these issues referred to the height of the Depression when so may, especially the elderly, were starving and homeless.  Many that actually had pensions were wiped out by the cruelties and chicaneries of the stock market.  (Sound familiar?)

Dr Edward Townsend announced the Old Age Revolving Pensions Plan on 1/1/1934.  It was seen as a literal life saver to many and in 1934 Manny Stone of California wrote "When Our Old Age Pension Check Comes to Our Door."

When our old age pension check comes to our door
We won't have to skimp and worry any more,
Every heart will laugh and sing
We'll all dance the Highland Fling
When our old age pension check comes to our door.

Take a lesson from the lark and learn to sing
The word "depression" soon won't mean a thing
Times are surely getting better day by day
When the Townsend Plan goes through we'll be ok.

As it occurred, the more comprehensive Social Security Act finally went into effect the next year making Townsend obsolete but the Townsend scheme apparently had some distinct advantages and retained supporters for several years.

Acuff's 1939, better known version is a lampoon of the original.  A lifelong Republican, Acuff would have seen the Plan with suspicion at best.

(See Songs of War and History, Library of Congress LP, 1978.)


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