Tox Tunes #105: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (Ry Cooder)

January 31, 2016, 9:52 pm

Well the doctor comes around with a face all bright,
And he says in a little while you’ll be all right.
All he gives is a humbug pill,
A dose of dope and a great big bill —
Tell me how can a poor man stand such times and live?

“How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” was written by Blind Alfred Reed (1880-1956), who recorded it about a month after the stock market crash in 1929 that heralded the Great Depression. This great cover by Ry Cooder features a first-rate band including the legendary Flaco Jiménez on accordion.

This cut was taken from a 1987 concert at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. The entire set is fabulous and can be viewed here:

Comments are closed.