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Welcome to the New Depression - Darryl Holter

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Published on Jul 28, 2016

"Welcome to the New Depression" Music and Lyrics by Darryl Holter

WEBSITE: http://darrylholter.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DarrylHolter
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DarrylHolter...

Welcome to the New Depression: Introduction

To write a song about the state of today’s economy I thought it would
be useful to look at how other songwriters wrote about the Great
Depression in the 1930s. The famous Carter Family had a very popular
song called "No Depression in Heaven". It reflected the fears of many
religious leaders and their followers that the Depression might be a
signal that the end of the world was coming, that the “latter days”
had arrived and we would soon be facing the final Day of Judgment. The
lyrics are very specific:

Out here the hearts of men are fading
These are latter days we know
The Great Depression now is spreading
God's Word declared it must be so

I'm going where there's no Depression
To a better land that's free from care
I'll leave this world of toil and trouble
My home's in heaven, I'm going there

I wanted to write about the current state of the American economy but,
in the spirit of Woody Guthrie, present it as an “answer song”-- one
that responds to an older song by offering a different perspective.
DH

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