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Could anyone explain the use of them in the following song (Deep River Blues):

Let it rain, let it pour,
Let it rain a whole lot more,
'Cause I got them deep river blues.

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, Kris, Hellion, Kristina Lopez Jun 10 '13 at 17:36

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From Dictionary.com:

Nonstandard. those: He don't want them books.

This appears to be using this definition, since those can be susbstituted for them in the sentence without loosing any meaning.

'Cause I got those deep river blues.

Although it's a bit less colorful.

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This usage of "them" can give quite an informal tone to a sentence, particularly when used in context with other words/pronunciations that belong to the same register:

You know those thing you were talking about yesterday - could be rephrased in a slangy, but homely, way as: you know them fings wot you were goin' on about yesterday.

[I should add that this sort of English is not generally acceptable in essays, although it is frequently found in spoken British English.]

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