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Written by Bob McDill

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Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.
Gone, gone with the wind.
There ain't nobody looking back again.

Cotton on the roadside, cotton in the ditch.
We all picked the cotton but we never got rich.
Daddy was a veteran, a southern democrat.
They oughta get a rich man to vote like that.

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Well somebody told us Wall Street fell
But we were so poor that we couldn't tell.
Cotton was short and the weeds were tall
But Mr. Roosevelt's a gonna save us all.

Well momma got sick and daddy got down.
The county got the farm and they moved to town.
Pappa got a job with the TVA
He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet.

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Song, song of the south...
Gone, gone with the wind...

Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.
Song, song of the south.
Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.

Sing it...
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    This song is about the southern United States during the Great Depression. In cotton country, trucks transporting large amounts of cotton would sometimes lose a few balls. The dropped cotton plant would grow where it landed sometimes on roadsides or in ditches. People were so desperate during that time that they would pick the cotton form theses places, hoping to make some money. Daddy was a veteran During the great war and a democrat of the Solid South. Veterans were promised a $1, 000 pension ten years back. Times were so tough that they wanted it during the depression. The government said no. (Look up the bonus army) "They oughta get a rich man to vote like that." blaming the Republican hoover for the troubles of the nation and the veterans. Also it says that the democrats were like "This depression is not our fault. We did not put that Rich Republican Hoover in Office". Wall street fell- The stock market crashed. We were so poor that we could't tell- the south was the poorest part of the us at that time; the economy destroyed everyone else but the southerners were used to that sort of hardships. Cotton was short but the weeds were tall- crops weren't doing so well. Mr. Roosevelt's gonna save us all- Popular President Roosevelt with his New Deal. Well momma got sick and daddy got down. The county got the farm and they moved to town.– things aren't going well and the bank foreclosed on their home and farm (happened alto because of racked up debt due to buying on credit and whatnot) So they moved to town and his father got a Job with the tva (Tennessee Valley Authority) A new deal agency that supplied jobs to the unemplyed. Mainly consisted of dam building for flood control and hydroelectric power in the Tennessee valley, created projects to combat erosion and deforestation. And soon things are looking up. The only thing I am not sure about are the lines: "Gone, gone with the wind. There ain't nobody looking back again." I suppose it means that those time are behind us now, let's keep moving forward. Really I came here for help on these two lines and I ended up writing this. I hope it helps. I'm in ap us history by the way. We are learning about this right now.

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