Poor Boy

Poor Boy

Woody Guthrie FW31010 / FTS 31010

Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) was perhaps the most important folk musician of the twentieth century, inspiring a generation of singers and musicians such as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and many more. Guthrie sang about many topics, but he was particularly known for being a voice of the poor and downtrodden, and the recordings on Poor Boy showcase this side of his work. The recordings were made in the mid-1940s and were originally released under the name Bed on the Floor.

Six tracks feature additional singing by Cisco Houston (1918–1961), and two feature harmonica accompaniment by Sonny Terry (1911–1986).

The liner notes feature an excerpt from Born to Win, Guthrie’s book of drawings, letters, lyrics, and stories.

Year Released 1968
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1968 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Guitar; Harmonica; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States; Protest songs

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101 Baltimore to Washington Woody Guthrie 2:58
102 Little Black Train Woody Guthrie 2:30
103 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet Woody Guthrie 2:29
104 Slip Knot Woody Guthrie 2:34
105 Poor Boy Woody Guthrie 2:25
106 Mean Talking Blues Woody Guthrie 3:27
107 Stepstone Woody Guthrie 2:57
201 Bed on the Floor Woody Guthrie 2:27
202 Little Darling Woody Guthrie 2:13
203 Miner's Song Woody Guthrie 2:14
204 Train Blues Woody Guthrie 3:19
205 Danville Girl #2 Woody Guthrie 3:23
206 I Ride an Old Paint Woody Guthrie 3:04
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