When the Welfare Turns Its Back on You Lyrics - The Robert Cray Band

The Robert Cray Band Who’s Been Talkin’ cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1980
Genre: Blues
Style: Modern Electric Blues
length: 3:22




Now whatcha gonna do
When the welfare turn it's back on you?
Whatcha gonna do
When the welfare turn it's back on you?
You'll be standin' there stranded
And there won't be a thing you can do

Now you look all through your house, yeah
Yes, and you can't even find a piece of bread
You look all through your house, I know you do
Yes, you can't even find a piece of bread
I sometimes begin to wonder, yeah
Yes, if you'd be better off, be better off dead

Lord have mercy

(Guitar solo)

You have to go down to the welfare
Every month to report
And some of the things they say to you
Will sure enough get your goat
If you tell them that you're sick
You better have a bad cough, lord have mercy
Cause if you don't, they'll be ready to throw you off,
I know they will

Whatcha gonna do, lord have mercy
When the welfare turns its back on you?
Yeah, you'll be standin' there stranded
Yeah, and there ain't a thing that you can do

Lyrics licensed by Lyricfind.com
Tracklist
  • 1 Too Many Cooks
  • 2 The Score
  • 3 When the Welfare Turns Its Back on You
  • 4 That's What I'll Do
  • 5 I'd Rather Be a Wino
  • 6 Who's Been Talkin'
  • 7 Sleeping in the Ground
  • 8 I'm Gonna Forget About You
  • 9 Nice as a Fool Can Be
  • 10 If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'