No Payday In Detroit


h1 January 1st, 2009

The Packard factory (pictured above) closed in 1956. My grandfather bought one of their last models, being a life long Packard enthusiast. They had been overrun by the big three. Now we are at the point where the big three’s future is in question. This is a traditional song about a mine disaster but it’s fitting for the US auto industry at this time. I changed the lyrics a bit to bring it up to speed and played it on banjo and mandolin.

Lyrics:

1. [A] Payday, it’s payday, oh, payday,
[D] Payday in Detroit no [A] more,
[D] Payday in Detroit no [A] more.

2. Bye bye, bye bye, oh, bye bye,
Bye bye, my woman, I’m gone,
Bye bye, my woman, I’m gone.

3. You’ll miss me, you’ll miss me, you’ll miss me,
Baby gonna miss me when I’m gone,
Baby gonna miss me when I’m gone.

4. Easy rider, easy rider, oh easy rider,
Won’t be ridin’ easy any more,
Won’t be ridin’ easy any more.

1. Payday, it’s payday, oh, payday,
Payday at Detroit no more,
Payday at Detroit no more.

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