Strange weather everywhere
Some folks don’t notice
some just don’t care
Mother Earth’s tryin’ to warn us
Believe it if you choose
She’s moanin’ the hard time blues

River’s overflowin’ all the power’s out
Katrina comes to mind
No escape route
In the Game of Life
We’re breakin’ all the rules
Wailin’ the hard time blues

See that homeless sister
With nothin’ left to lose
She’s not a member of any union
But she’s paid plenty dues
See that broke-down brother
See that homeless brother
Lost both his shoes
Pushin’ a shoppin’ cart full o’ hard time blues

Gangstas in the gov’ment
I know there’s Gangstas in the streets
Reckon it’s all connected wrapped up all nice an’ neat
Juke joint at the crossroads
Pumpin’ out the news
Can’t you hear the wolf howlin’
Cant you hear the wolf howlin, the hard time blues

Schools look like prisons
Poverty keeps risin’
Lockin’ up brothers is a business
You know it’s not surprisin’
Here come that homeless man
Lookin’ for his shoes
Pushin’ a shoppin’ cart
Full o’ hard time blues
Cryin hard time blues

Blues everywhere
Blues down in Chicago
Alabama, Hard time Blues
In Memphis too
Rise up my brother
Let love rule
Each one , teach one
Hard Time Blues
Blues everywhere, everywhere

Written by Eric Bibb & Glen Scott