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|Scooped by Willie Calloway|
Dear Mr. Guthrie
I am a Hobo living in a Hooverville because of the Dustbowl. After the Dust storms came It killed a significant amount of my crops, especially my high yielding ones that I invest the most money upon. My 15 year old daughter has became a victim of the dust and has been diagnosed with mesophelioma. Her lungs make it very difficult for her to breath. The other day I was able to embezzle a radio from one of the box carts at the nearby railroad next to my hooverville. The hit song you recently released “This land is your land” gives me confidence and encourages me to keep my head up everyday. Your music has impacted my life in such a positive way and I thank you for that. Before I die I would love to see u in concert or play on a stage. When I listen to “Dust Bowl Blues” It feels as if you are talking directly to me! It describes how I am feeling and some of the things Ive been through and how I got to where I am in this damn Hooverville.
“ I just blowed in, and I got them dust bowl blues, I guess you’ve heard about ev’ry kind of blues, Ive seen the dust so black hat I couldn’t see a thing.” When I first heard these lyrics it gave me a sudden flashback of back when my daughter was outside while I was cooking us a meal. I ran outside in the mouth of the dust storm to get her and it felt as if it devoured us. I still thank God till this day that we are still alive. Speaking of God your song “Jesus Christ” is very grand. I was in dier need of a song like that. God has kept me and my daughter alive during this depression and I give him thanks for it everyday that I am still here on this earth. “ He gave money to the poor, but still they lay Jesus in his Grave” This song encourages me to keep my faith.
Music so far these days has not been as in touch with reality as yours. That’s why I enjoy listening to your lyrics so much because I can relate to them in a way that makes me feel splendid.
Living this life during this depression is so hard. I often have to stay up at night to be on the lookout in for other hobos and thieves that try to steal what we have even though we have so little. I plan to take everything that I have along with my daughter and make my way to the hoover dam project that is under way. I will get there under any circumstances even if it means hitch hiking, riding illegally on the train, grand theft auto, or simply walking. I am determined to give myself and daughter a more comfortable life. Before this depression I was a wealthy man with all of my money invested in the stock market. Now im only wealthy in spirit and faith. I hope to somehow go and vote for the up and coming president Velt. I listened to his speech on the radio and he is just what this country needs. I enjoy listening to him speak just as much as I adore tuning in to your music. You are the only artist of the the 1930’s decade that has such astonishing lyrics in my opinion. I really hope to meet you one day and it would be the best thing in the world if you were to help me on my journey to the hoover dam project. The song “ Ezekial saw the wheel” changes the way that I view the story in the bible of him. “Ezekial saw the wheel hurling way up in the middle if the air.” I really am impressed with your knowledge of the bible and I think you should put a message from the bible in every song. It makes good punch lines! I just want to thank you once again for brightening up my day with your music. It feels like it was just yesterday I had to give up my home on that farm back in Oklahoma because of the lack of good crops I had as a result of the dust storms. Your music reminds me to thank God everyday for the survival of my daughter and I know he will make a way for us to live. Weather it be a job at the hooverdam, getting my crops back, becoming a alcohol distributer or whatever. I appreciate everything and just being here and I know that when Roosevelt steps foot in the white house it will reset our economy and help us get back on track. Please vote for him.