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Bill Anderson performs "Po' Folks"

James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937), known as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1961. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached No. 1 on the country charts seven times: "Mama Sang a Song" (1962), "Still" (1963), "I Get the Fever" (1966), "For Loving You" (with Jan Howard, 1967), "My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)" (1969), "World of Make Believe" (1973), and "Sometimes" (with Mary Lou Turner, 1976). Twenty-nine more of his singles have reached the top ten.

 

One of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Anderson is also a popular singer, earning the nickname "Whisperin' Bill" for his soft vocal style and occasional spoken narrations. Artists who have recorded his material include Ray Price, Wanda Jackson, Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, Jim Reeves, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Roy Clark, Con Hunley, Lefty Frizzell, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, and George Strait.

Bill Anderson Po' Folks lyrics

 

There's a whole lotta people lookin' down their noses at me

'Cause I didn't come from a wealthy family

There was ten of us livin' in a two room shack

On the banks of the river by the railroad track

We kept chickens in a pen in the back

And everybody said we was po' folks

 

My daddy was a farmer but all he ever raised was us

Dug a forty foot well, struck thirty six gallons of dust

The Salvation Army give us clothes to wear

A man from the county came to cut our hair

We lived next door to a millionaire

But we wasn't nothin' 'cept po' folks

 

We was po' folks livin' in a rich folks' world

We sure was a hungry bunch

If the wolf had ever come to our front door

He'd have had brought a picnic lunch

 

My granddaddy's pension was a dollar and thirty three cents

That was ten dollar less than the landlord wanted for rent

The landlord's letters got nasty indeed

He wrote 'Get out' but Pa couldn't read

And we was too broke to even pay heed

But that's how it is when you're po' folks

 

We was po' folks livin' in a rich folks' world

We sure was a hungry bunch

If the wolf had ever come to our front door

He'd have had brought a picnic lunch

 

But we had something in our house money can't buy

Kept us warm in the winter, cool when the sun was high

For whenever we didn't have food enough

And the howlin' winds would get pretty rough

We patched the cracks and set the table with love

 

'Cause that's what you do when you're po' folks

And we wasn't nothin' but po' folks

My mom and my dad was po' folks

My brother and my sister was po' folks

My dog and my cat was po' folks


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