“No Depression in Heaven”


Singer describes the Great Depression in apocalyptic terms, predicting the end of the world. He says he is going to heaven where there's no Depression.


The Great Depression is generally considered to have extended from the stock market crash of 1929 to the beginning of World War II in 1939. However, it is worth noting that conditions for farmers had already been depressed for several years before this. [Due in part to the revival of European agriculture after World War I. In Minnesota, the political side effects are still felt to some extent today, in the relative strength of third party politics.]

This is a reworking of the hymn "No Disappointment in Heaven". - PJS

Same tune

  • No Disappointment in Heaven (on Boggs2, BoggsCD1)


  • Carter Family, "No Depression in Heaven" (Decca 5242, 1936; Montgomery Ward 8006 [as "No Depression"], 1939)
  • Charlie Monroe & his Kentucky Pardners, "There's No Depression in Heaven" (RCA Victor 20-2055, 1946)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "No Depression in Heaven" (on NLCR09, NLCRCD1)


  1. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 116, "No Depression in Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 227, "No Depression in Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, ADR116


Author: J. D. Vaughan, according to Bill C. Malone, _Don't Get above Your Raisin'_
Earliest date: 1936 (recording, Carter Family); reportedly written 1932
Found in: US(SE)