This song was written and performed by Jack Kelly who was the leader of the “Memphis Jug Band.” It was recorded in the summer of 1933 and seems to have been written as a response to FDR’s first “Fireside” chats. Kelly voices the optimism of FDR that shops will be filled by Christmas and that FDR has kept him from “Penitentiary Crime.” This period of the early 30’s was rich in blues and jug band music that voiced great optimism towards the relief from poverty and unemployment.


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