Hayseed Like Me, A
DESCRIPTION: "I once was a tool of oppression And as green as a sucker could be, And monopolies bundled together To beat a poor bum like me." The newly energized singer promises to strike back: "The ticket we vote next November Will be made up of hayseeds like me."
AUTHOR: Words: Arthur L. Kellogg?
EARLIEST DATE: 1890 (Farmer's Alliance, October 4, 1890 edition, according to Welsch)
KEYWORDS: political poverty hardtimes derivative
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Greenway-AFP, p. 60, "A Hayseed Like Me" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 489-490, "The Hayseed" (1 text)
Welsch, p. 67, "The Hayseed" (1 text)
Darling-NAS, pp. 359-360, "Hayseed Like Me" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 117, "The Hayseed" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Nebraska Folklore, Pamphlet Eighteen, "Farmers' Alliance Songs of the 1890's," Federal Writers' Project, 1938, p. 1, "(no title)" (1 short text)
Pete Seeger, "Hayseed Like Me" (on PeteSeeger13)
cf. "Rosin the Beau" (tune) and references there
cf. "Acres of Clams (The Old Settler's Song)" (tune, floating lyrics)
NOTES: I've seen versions of "Acres of Clams" which seem to have swallowed this song almost entire. But as it seems to have originated separately, I list it in its own right.
The Folksinger's Wordbook lists this as by Arthur L. Kellogg, and Welsch also attributes it to Kellogg (and says that the tune is "Save a Poor Sinner Like Me"), but Greenway treats it as a traditional song from the populist movement of the nineteenth century. Certainly portions of it have "swapped" in and out of tradition; the amount of Kellogg influence on a particular version may be open to question. - RBW
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