Folk, country and protest songs about farmers are common. Farmers are often seen as occupying a special space in our culture and society, working the land and not seen to be part of any exploitative city industry. Indeed, it is these metropolitan professions, such as banking, that are targeted by such songs as not appreciating the important role farms play, not the least of which is feeding us, but also representing a simpler, agrarian time. Mind you, and perhaps sadly, the days of such independent farming are the exceptions to the norm; “agri-business” with modern technology now shares many characteristics and aims with the demonized big city businesses?
From 1987, by “folkabilly” Texan, Nanci Griffith.