I went to the doctor, and the doctor said, “my son,”
I went to the doctor, and the doctor said,” my son,
You got that dust pneumony an’ you ain’t got long, not long.”
When Woody Guthrie recorded these words in 1940, he was describing the beginning of a form of pneumonia caused by breathing in too much dust. A common complaint during the “Dirty Thirties”, also known as the Dust Bowl,...