Another great song by Jack Bryant (Sunny Cal). This utilizes the tune of “I Don’t Want Your Greenback Dollar.” ‘Rag Houses’ refers to the tents that migrants lived in at Farm Security Administration camps. A few camps had actual cabins but most used tents for the residents. The song reflects the attitude embraced by many people that they would be willing to move out of the relative comfort and safety of a Government run camp to find gainful work. The emotions expressed are quite complex.
This version was recorded by The 198 String Band.