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TIMES ARE GETTING HARD, BOYS (Traditional - Lee Hays) Pete Seeger - 1955 Lonnie Donegan - 1958 The Limeliters - 1960 Robert De Cormier Folk Singers - 1964 Peter Yarrow - 1975 Peter Stanley - 1999 Also recorded by: Eddy Arnold; Jim "Hos" Hoswell; Tom Paxton Times are getting hard, boys Money's getting scarce If things don't get no better, boys Gonna leave this place Take my true love by the hand Lead her thru the town Saying good-bye to everyone Good-bye to everyone Take my bible from the bed Shotgun from the wall Take old Sal and hitch her up The wagon for to haul Pile the chairs and beds up high Let nothing drag the ground Sal can pull and we can push We're bound to leave this town Made a crop a year ago It withered to the ground Tried to get some credit But the banker turned me down But I'm goin' to Californ-i-ay Where everything is green Goin' to have the best ole farm That you have ever seen ************************** ALTERNATE VERSION: Times are getting hard, boys Money's getting scarce If times don't get much better, boy's Going to leave this earth Take my true love by the hand Lead her through the town Say goodbye to everyone Goodbye Sally Brown Had a crop about a year ago It withered to the ground I tried to get some money But the banker turned me down Take my Bible from the shelf My shotgun from the wall Take old Sal and hitch her up The wagon for to haul Put everything on the wagon, boys So nothing can tumble down Sal can pull and we can push We're bound to leave this town I'm going to California Where everything is green I'm going to have the nicest farm That you have ever seen ************************** As recorded by LONNIE DONEGAN: (Whistling) Times are getting hard, boys Money's getting scarce If things don't get much better boys Gonna leave this place Took my baby by the hand Wandered through the town The way she looked in jewellery stores Well, it made me feel low down Times are getting hard, boys Money's getting scarce If times don't get much better boys Well, I'm gonna leave this place I promised I would buy you Well, a big lovely old diamond ring But the way things is turnin' out right now Well, I, I can't afford a thing 'Cause times is getting hard, boys Money's getting scarce If times don't get much better boys Gonna leave this place (Whistling) I'd give you the Moon, Dear And the twinkling stars above But all that I can offer you Is my undying love Times are getting hard, boys Money's getting scarce If things don't get much better boys Gonna leave this place (Whistling) (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2006) ***************************

    


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