Written during the 1854 recession (leading to the American Civil War). See also: The Old Folks At Home.
Mary Black [as Hard Times]
De Danann [idem]
Syd Straw [with Ry Cooder]
Kate & Anna McGarrigle [and Family]
Bob Dylan [Dylan's Death Is Not The End is also related with this Stephen Foster melody]
Mare Winningham [in film Georgia]
Johnny Cash [posthumously]
Claire Baker-Davies [in her brother Sam Baker's Odessa]
Chieftains [with Paolo Nutini]
Also covered by Emmylou Harris, Jennifer Warnes, Ralph McTell and Bruce Springsteen (live). Ida Cox's Hard Time Blues ('39) is another song.