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Themes: refugees ~ hobos ~ hard times ~ orphans ~ chain gangs ~ prison ~ death row


Janet Bates: Refugee (A Time Has Come – independent, 2004)

Sara Lovell: Refugee (Coming To – Zero Gravity Music, 2002)

Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Refugee (Dust Bowl Ballads – Rounder LP, 1988)

Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost of Tom Joad (The Ghost of Tom Joad – Columbia, 1995)

Tom Russell: The Man from God Knows Where (The Man from God Knows Where – HighTone, 1999)

Al Grierson: Dust-Bowl Don Quixote (Things That Never Added Up To Me – Folkin’ Eh! Records, 1995)

Dave Van Ronk: The Outcast (The Man from God Knows Where – HighTone, 1999)

Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson & Kenny Malone: Wayfaring Pilgrim (Live in NC – Full Light Records, 2004)

Ellis Paul: Jumpin’ a Train (Say Something – Black Wolf Records, 1993)

David Pirner: Pretty Boy Floyd (’Til We Outnumber ’Em: The Songs of Woody Guthrie {various artists} – Righteous Babe, 2000)

Hazel Dickens: Only a Hobo (It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song – Rounder, 2000)

Bob Dylan: I Am A Lonesome Hobo (John Wesley Harding – Columbia LP, 1968)

David Rovics: Hobo’s Lullaby (Payday at Coal Creek – independent, 1998)

Jimmie Rodgers: Hobo Bill’s Last Ride (The Singing Brakeman – Bear Family, 1992)

Stonewall Jackson: Smoke Along the Tracks (The Dynamic Stonewall Jackson – Sony, 1993)

Hank Williams: Ramblin’ Man (The Complete Hank Williams – Mercury, 1998)

Jimmy Buffett: Far Side of the World (Far Side of the World – Mailboat Records, 2002)

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Worried Now, Won’t Be Worried Long (This Ain’t No Rock ’N’ Roll – Arhoolie, 1995)

Mississippi John Hurt: Worried Blues (Worried Blues – Rounder, 1992)

Bob Dylan: Worried Blues (Bootleg Series – Columbia, 1991)

Lightnin’ Hopkins: Worrying My Mind (Country Blues – Tradition, 1996)

Marty Robbins: Don’t Worry (All-Time Greatest Hits – Sony, 1992)

Si Kahn: Hard Times []

Richard Hefner: Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues []

Deborah Holland: We Sure Got Hard Times Now (The Panic Is On – Gadfly, 1997)

Laurie Lewis: Hard Times Come Again No More (Swanee: The Music of Stephen Foster {various artists} – Gourd Music, 2001)

Dolly Parton: Hush-a-bye Hard Times (9 to 5 and Odd Jobs – RCA LP, 1980)

John Gorka: Down in the Milltown (I Know – Red House, 1987)

Jeffrey Foucault: Stripping Cane (Stripping Cane – Signature, 2004)

Mary Gauthier: Sugar Cane (Filth & Fire – Signature, 2002)

Larry Long with Pete Seeger: Well May the World Go (Well May the World Go – Smithsonian Folkways, 2000)

Peter Rowan: Jimmy Brown the Newsboy (Red Hot Pickers – Sugar Hill, 1984)

Emmylou Harris: Orphan Girl (Wrecking Ball – Elektra, 1995)

Hank Snow: Nobody’s Child (When Tragedy Struck – RCA Victor LP, 1959)

David Massengill: Rider on an Orphan Train (Family Tradition {various artists} – Gadfly, 1998)

Kate Peters Sturgill: Poor Orphan Child (Close to Home {various artists} – Smithsonian Folkways, 1997)

Richie Havens: Freedom / Motherless Child (Woodstock Soundtrack – WEA International, 2003)

Jonesie: Workin’ on a Chain Gang (The Velvet Resolution – Lac du St. Sacrament Music, 1996)

Van Morrison: Ball and Chain (Too Long in Exile – Polydor, 1993)

Lightnin’ Hopkins: Chain Gang Blues (Best of Lightnin’ Hopkins – Legacy, 1991)

Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson & Kenny Malone: Folsom Prison Blues / White freightliner Blues (Live in NC – Full Light Records, 2004)

Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues (The Sun Years – Rhino, 1990)

Keb’ Mo’: Folsom Prison Blues (Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash {various artists} – Sony, 2002)

Jimmy Page: Prison Blues (Outrider – Geffen LP, 1988)

Jason Ricci and New Blood: Doing Time in the Blues Penitentiary (Live at Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ, Nov. 11, 2004) []

Bad Livers: Doin’ My Time (Industry and Thrift – Sugar Hill, 1998)

Roscoe Holcomb: Rock Island Prison (An Untamed Sense of Control – Smithsonian Folkways, 2003)

Stonewall Jackson: Life To Go (The Dynamic Stonewall Jackson – Sony, 1993)

Hank Snow: The Prisoner’s Prayer (When Tragedy Struck – RCA Victor LP, 1959)

Merle Haggard: Mama Tried (20 Greatest Hits – Capitol, 2002)

Marty Robbins: Twenty-one Years (Country 1951-58 – Bear Family, 1991)

Claire Lynch: Out Among the Stars (Silver and Gold – Rounder, 1997)

Marty Robbins: They’re Hanging Me Tonight (Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs – Columbia LP, 1959)

Blueground Undergrass: Long Black Veil (bootleg tape, n.d.)

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman & Tony Rice: Long Black Veil (The Pizza Tapes – Acoustic Disk, 2000)

John Prine: Bad Boy (Great Days – Rhino, 1993)

John McCutcheon & Tom Chapin: Dead Man Walking (Doing Our Job – Rounder, 1997