Actually, if you think you heard it recently, it's probably because Burger King is now using it in one of their commercials for some BBQ chicken sandwich. The lyrics are very different, and somwhat sexual (although the original was singing about drunkeness, so....exchange one thing for another, I guess).
Ha! Thanks Ben, I knew I just heard this song somewhere recently but I just couldn't remember where. When this post first came up I thought that that was an extremely eerie coincidence but that commercial explains it all. I had totally forgotten.
I think that song goes back farther then the depression.....it appears on a album that was sold at the California State RR Museum in the mid 80's called
"Rail Songs" ........and it is featured in the Era 1 section 1830's-1870's. It also plays in the hotel lobby by a small and efficent orchestra in "The Apple Duppling Gang"
..........and ofcouse The Big Thunder Saloon" and the "Big thunder Dance Hall"