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The Great Dust Storm by Woody Gutherie Banner

Stanzas from: The Great Dust Storm by Woody Guthrie
A song in Dust Bowl Ballads

On the 14th day of April of 1935,
There struck the worst of dust storms that ever filled the sky. You could see that dust storm comin',
the cloud looked deathlike black,
And through our mighty nation, it left a dreadful track....

The storm took place at sundown, it lasted through the night,
When we looked out next morning, we saw a terrible sight.
We saw outside our window where wheat fields they had grown
Was now a rippling ocean of dust the wind had blown.

It covered up our fences, it covered up our barns,
It covered up our tractors in this wild and dusty storm.
We loaded our jalopies and piled our families in,
We rattled down that highway to never come back again.

 

 



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