“Serves Them Fine”


Singer tells how back in 1920, "The mills ran good and everyone had plenty;" in 1925, mountain people came to work there. Now it's 1930, and more people are unemployed than working. Singer tells fellow mountaineers to go back home and live as they used to


Mountain people moved to industrial towns in the boom of the 1920s, as the agricultural economy was already depressed; many of them were then stranded when the Depression hit industry. - PJS


  • David McCarn, "Serves 'em Fine" (Victor 23577, 1931)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Serves Them Fine" (on NLCR09) (NLCR12)


  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 234-235, "Serves Them Fine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CSW234


Author: Dave McCarn
Earliest date: 1931 (recording, David McCarn)