Woody Guthrie wrote this one in the 1930’s, and, like most of Woody’s songs, it still rings true today. And it’s still fun to play and sing. What he’s telling all the Dust Bowl refugees as well as today’s migrants and immigrants is that if you ain’t got the dough, the do re mi, forget about it. Money talks nobody walks, show me the money, etc., etc. – something that just ain’t acceptable (or shouldn’t be) to working people.

…..Now if you want to buy a farm that can’t deal nobody harm
Or take your vacation by the mountains or the sea
Don’t swap your old cow for a car
Better stay right where you are
Take this little tip from me
‘Cause I’m looking through the want ads every day
But the headlines in the paper always say…


If you ain’t got the do re me folks, you ain’t got the do re mi
Better go back to beautiful Texas
Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee
California’s a garden of Eden
A paradise to live in or to see
But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot if you ain’t got the do re mi