The greatest country singers have known hard times, and they know how to sing about them. These days, with the economy in turmoil, some of country's classic songs suddenly sound like they could've been written yesterday – or, more troublingly, tomorrow. These 10 songs create the perfect soundtrack for watching the Dow Jones crash or seeing your 401(k) wither on the vine.

-- Reba McEntire, 1991

The bottom lines: "We didn't have money for food or rent/To say the least we were hard-pressed/Then mama spent every last penny we had/To buy me a dancing dress."

A financially strapped mom trains her teenage daughter to become a prostitute, as a way to bring in money. Fancy learns her lessons well -- she finds her first rich john and never looks back.