“Times Gettin' Hard”


"Times gettin' hard, boys, Money's gettin' scarce. If times don't get much better, boys, I'm bound to leave this place." "Take my true love by the hand, lead her through the town...." The singer prepares to depart for (California?) where times are better


  • Jaybird Coleman, "Times Gettin' Hard -- Work's Been Gettin' Scarce" (Gennett, unissued; rec. 1927)
  • Pete Seeger, "Time's A-getting Hard" (on PeteSeeger06, PeteSeegerCD01) (on PeteSeeger26)


  1. Sandburg, p. 242, "Times Gettin Hard, Boys" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 117, "Times Are Getting Hard" (1 text)
  3. Roud #15620
  4. BI, San242


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg; recording by Jaybird Coleman)
Keywords: hardtimes poverty exile
Found in: US(SE)