NRA Blues

Tireless beauties do their part
to support shorter hours and higher wages.

Back in the days of the depression, the NRA was the 'National Recovery Administration' not the rifle association. NRA was a new deal program founded to bring business, government and labor in order to create "codes of fair practices" that would combat run-away prices and race-to-the-bottom wages. Although it seemed a visionary idea at the time it did not completely please labor or business. In 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the NRA unconstitutional.

This song was performed by Bill Cox on a 1933 recording for Conqueror Records. Bill was a big Roosevelt booster and wrote a number of songs celebrating the president and the new deal.

Lyrics: 

I work down in the 'ol sweat shop, sweet thing, sweet thing
I work down in the 'ol sweat shop
Work like a mule and never stop
Sweet thing, yes baby mine

When you gonna join the NRA, sweet thing, sweet thing
When you gonna join the NRA
I never have heard the big boss say
Sweet thing, yes baby mine

I've got the blues, I've got them NRA blues
Lord I got them NRA blues

When payday come gonna get my check, sweet thing, sweet thing
When payday come gonna get my check
All I get's just a little wee speck
Sweet thing, yes baby mine

When you're working for the NRA, sweet thing, sweet thing
When you're working for the NRA
You'll get short hours and get same pay
Sweet thing, yes baby mine

I've got the blues, I've got them NRA blues
Lord I got them NRA blues

The rich men's all on easy street, sweet thing, sweet thing
The rich men's all on easy street
And the poor man can't get enough to eat
Sweet thing, yes baby mine

When you all join the NRA, sweet thing, sweet thing
When you all join the NRA
We'll all feel happy and all feel gay
Sweet thing, yes baby mine

I've got the blues, I've got them NRA blues
Lord I got them NRA blues

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