The Poor Man's Struggle By Adam McGinty

A poor man has to work all his life
Raising tobacco is sure a nasty job
as well as a hard one
We burn out places to sow our seeds
about three or four weeks
start planting by the last of April
We plow it at least four times
chop it not less than three times

A poor man has to work all his life
we get a barn we fire it
curing at between 80 and 90 degrees
up to 110 for about eight or ten hours
stopping 120 degrees for three or four hours
run the heat up to 130 for twenty-five hours
takes four days and four nights to cure one barn

A poor man has to work all his life
I don't pay no attention to politics no more
I'm no church member
never thought it right to do anything
you don't exactly know you're right in doing
A poor man has to work all his life
give my family plenty to eat
A poor man has to work all his life
but it's healthy