Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat

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Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat is an American song of the Great Depression, which was published in 1930 by Bob Miller and Emma Dermer.[1] The song details the experiences of a cotton farmer during the Great Depression when the price of cotton fell so low that cotton farming could no longer provide basic necessities.


Two time Grammy-winning Americana/country/bluegrass singer artist Jim Lauderdale provided a version of this song for Janet Reno's compilation of traditional American songs entitled Song of America.

American folk singer Pete Seeger recorded a cover of this song, which was released on his 1992 album American Industrial Ballads.


  1. ^ Mark Albright. "Unit 7: Great Depression and World War II "Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat"". - American History through Music. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 

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