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It is difficult to determine specifically who or what inspired Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis to write “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm,” but the prevailing influence was most likely the reigning sentiment that young Americans from rural areas were heading off to large cities with increasing frequency.

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