“The W.P.A. Gathering”


"Uncle Sam was very kind, He gave the people aid; The W.P.A. is working hard, Good roads will soon be made." This effort makes possible the Lost Hope Hollow Singing Gathering.


This is even more suspicious than most of the songs in Thomas, since it actually mentions her by her ridiculous title of "The Traipsin' Woman."

The piece is likely by Jilson Setters, but Thomas's notes make it impossible to be absolutely certain. - RBW

Historical references

  • May 6, 1935 -- Creation of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), which had been authorized April 8. The program lasted until Dec. 4, 1942

Cross references

  • cf. "The W. P. and A." (subject)


  1. Thomas-Makin', p. 244, (no title) (1 text)
  2. Roud #13961
  3. BI, ThBa244


Author: James W. Day ("Jilson Setters")?
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: music travel nonballad
Found in: US(Ap)