The Great Migration was not just a movement of people. The culture of the migrants traveled North as well - including the narrative traditions embodied in the Blues. The lyrics in the following song provide insight in a unique way into the motives of many migrants.
1) Explain how the lyrics deal with the differences in social status between "white folks" and "black persons."
2) When am "I bound to leave this place?" Explain.
Unknown author, Times is Gettin' Harder, recorded by Lucious Curtis, 1940 from Lucious Curtis and Willie Ford perform "Times is Getting Hard" in the Alan Lomax Collection "Mississippi Saints and Sinner.