No Hard Times
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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(Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee)

I got a bale of flour, Lord, I got a bucket of lard
I got a bale of flour, Lord, I got a bucket of lard
I ain't got no blues, got chickens in my back yard

(Yodel-ay-ee, lay-ee-ay, dee-yodel-ay-ee)
Got corn in my crib, cotton growin' in my patch
Got corn in my crib, cotton growin' in my patch
Got that old hen settin', waitin' for that old hen to hatch

(Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee)
(Pick that thing, boy)
(Play it, brother)

Gonna buy all my chillin' a brand new pair of shoes
Gonna buy all my chillin' a brand new pair of shoes
I'm gonna quit singin' these doggone, hard-time blues

(Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee)

I'm gonna hitch up my mules, take a hoe to my line
Gonna hitch up my mule, take a hoe to my line
And I can't be bothered with all these old hard times

(Dee-yodel-ay-ee, ha-ah-ard ti-imes)

I'm gonna build me a shanty, Lord, I'm gonna settle down
I'm gonna build me a shanty, Lord, I'm gonna settle down
Gonna get me a corn-fed mama, Lord, and quit runnin' around

(Dee-yodel-ay-ee-ay, dee-yodel-ay-ee-ay, dee-yodel-ay-ee)

I can make more money with my pig and plow
I can make more money with my pig and plow
With my one-eyed mule and my good old Jersey cow




(Dee-yodel-ay-ee-ay, ha-ah-ard time bl-ues)

Overall Meaning

Jimmie Rodgers's song "No Hard Times" is a happy tune celebrating a farmer's wealth and lack of worry during the Great Depression. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, highlighting the singer's confidence in his bountiful crops and animals. He has a bale of flour, a bucket of lard, and chickens in his backyard, indicating that he has enough supplies to sustain himself and his family. Furthermore, he has corn in his crib and cotton growing in his patch, suggesting that his farm is thriving. The singer also has a hen that will soon hatch, showing the cycle of life on his farm.


The singer's optimistic outlook continues when he discusses his plans for the future. He wants to buy his children new shoes and quit singing "hard-time blues." He is ready to work hard and take care of his farm, saying he will "hitch up [his] mules" and "take a hoe to [his] line." While life may not be perfect, the singer believes he has everything he needs to be content.


Overall, "No Hard Times" is a hopeful and joyful song that showcases the resilience of farmers during difficult times. Even though the Great Depression was a time of economic hardship, Jimmie Rodgers's lyrics suggest that happiness can be found in the simple things in life.


Line by Line Meaning

I got a bale of flour, Lord, I got a bucket of lard
I have a sufficient amount of staple groceries


I ain't got no blues, got chickens in my back yard
I'm content with what I have and have no worries


Got corn in my crib, cotton growin' in my patch
I have a good harvest of crops


Got that old hen settin', waitin' for that old hen to hatch
I have a brood hen incubating eggs


Gonna buy all my chillin' a brand new pair of shoes
I'm going to provide for my children


I'm gonna quit singin' these doggone, hard-time blues
I will no longer worry about difficult situations


Gonna hitch up my mule, take a hoe to my line
I'm going to tend to my land


And I can't be bothered with all these old hard times
I refuse to let hard times ruin my mood


I'm gonna build me a shanty, Lord, I'm gonna settle down
I will make a home for myself and stay put


Gonna get me a corn-fed mama, Lord, and quit runnin' around
I will settle down with a nice woman


I can make more money with my pig and plow
I can make a living with my agriculture


With my one-eyed mule and my good old Jersey cow
I have dependable farm animals




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: JIMMIE RODGERS

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Chaospunkjunky 93

Ain’t no hard time blues for country folks. Like Hank JR. said we can survive. Jimmie Rodgers dies really young imagine all the songs he would have made if he would have lived.

Andrew Stuart

All my ancestors knew nothing but hard times. I think if you're used to it you just dont know any other way. We couldnt handle it.

Jenny Line

Was a very talented man

pinnumis

Old is gold

Sar Toris

this song makes me think about my grandpa plowing with a team of mules......

Jenny Line

He was the best

Jenny Line

Got to meet jimmie Dale Court, his grandson...he lived a very short life too.

skip luck

Best ever

Luke 2:52

This world would be a better place if this video had more than 18k views. This guy gives Hank a run for his money when it comes to the King

Jason Hill

With guitar solo by Slim Bryant.

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