January 14, 2008
Yesterday was the fortieth anniversary of Johnny Cash’s live recording of the album At Folsom Prison
. On the 1999 re-release, the brief song “Busted” (originally recorded by Cash in 1962) was included.
And while the price of cotton is more like 50 cents per pound now (which is much lower than the cost of inflation over the same period), the song still speaks to the situation of many folks today:
“My bills are all due and the babies need shoes but I’m busted
Cotton is down to a quarter a pound and I’m busted
I’ve got a cow that went dry and a hen that won’t lay
A big stack of bills that get bigger each day
The County will haul my belongings away I’m busted! Continue Reading...