This is another song about the Civilian Conservation Corp (see “CCC Blues” for additional notes). The origins of this song are unclear but it is set to the tune of “Careless Love” and reflects the hard work and homesickness the young men experienced. It seems to have been composed by a camper at the Broken Arrow camp in Oklahoma. It is sung here by Tommy Rhoden who learned it from a fellow campers ‘songbook.’ The camper was one Herman Beemans. It was quite common in the day for people to keep handwritten ‘songbooks’ or ‘ballad books’ with lyrics to their favorite songs.


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