Sis Cunningham and her brother Bill wrote this song. Having grown up in Oklahoma and spending the ‘dust years’ there they were all too familiar with wind and dust storms. This song, much like Woody Guthrie’s “Great Dust Storm” takes a lighthearted look at the effects of the wild storms.
After being driven from Oklahoma by attacks and threats for her radical politics, Sis and husband Gordon Friesen settled in New York City. While living there, communist witch hunts and blacklists forced them to live in extreme poverty. In the early 1960’s they began publishing “Broadside Magazine” which was an outlet for new topical songs. It was here that writers such as Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan and many others first saw their songs in print.
This version was recorded by Sis for Folkways records.
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