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Songs About Money

Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 12:28 PM
pavane 10 Oct 08 - 12:32 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 12:32 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 12:34 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 12:39 PM
pavane 10 Oct 08 - 12:44 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 12:48 PM
Jack Campin 10 Oct 08 - 12:53 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 01:05 PM
SINSULL 10 Oct 08 - 01:09 PM
Rabbi-Sol 10 Oct 08 - 01:12 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 01:21 PM
topical tom 10 Oct 08 - 01:25 PM
sian, west wales 10 Oct 08 - 01:27 PM
Uncle_DaveO 10 Oct 08 - 01:41 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 01:45 PM
Uncle_DaveO 10 Oct 08 - 01:46 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 02:16 PM
pavane 10 Oct 08 - 02:18 PM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 10 Oct 08 - 02:35 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 02:35 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 02:42 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 03:01 PM
Uncle_DaveO 10 Oct 08 - 03:14 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 10 Oct 08 - 03:17 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 03:18 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 10 Oct 08 - 03:22 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 03:27 PM
GUEST 10 Oct 08 - 03:33 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 03:38 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 03:39 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 03:51 PM
CupOfTea 10 Oct 08 - 03:55 PM
oldhippie 10 Oct 08 - 04:15 PM
Little Robyn 10 Oct 08 - 04:16 PM
peregrina 10 Oct 08 - 04:19 PM
Little Robyn 10 Oct 08 - 04:23 PM
Azizi 10 Oct 08 - 04:26 PM
Hrothgar 10 Oct 08 - 04:30 PM
Little Robyn 10 Oct 08 - 04:31 PM
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Little Robyn 10 Oct 08 - 04:40 PM
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Art Thieme 10 Oct 08 - 04:48 PM
Ythanside 10 Oct 08 - 04:58 PM
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dick greenhaus 10 Oct 08 - 05:21 PM
sian, west wales 10 Oct 08 - 05:29 PM
Sorcha 10 Oct 08 - 06:02 PM
Amos 10 Oct 08 - 07:16 PM
Sorcha 10 Oct 08 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,Nicholas Waller 10 Oct 08 - 07:57 PM
GUEST,Dave MacKenzie 10 Oct 08 - 08:16 PM
GUEST,Ken Brock 10 Oct 08 - 09:38 PM
Barbara 10 Oct 08 - 09:52 PM
Barbara 10 Oct 08 - 09:54 PM
Joe_F 10 Oct 08 - 11:30 PM
VirginiaTam 11 Oct 08 - 03:54 AM
open mike 11 Oct 08 - 04:09 AM
GUEST,Nicholas Waller 11 Oct 08 - 06:43 AM
Azizi 11 Oct 08 - 08:58 AM
oldhippie 11 Oct 08 - 05:33 PM
GUEST,Dave MacKenzie 11 Oct 08 - 07:10 PM
GUEST,Dave MacKenzie 11 Oct 08 - 07:16 PM
open mike 12 Oct 08 - 05:32 AM
GUEST,Rob the Roadie 12 Oct 08 - 06:08 AM
Uncle_DaveO 12 Oct 08 - 02:54 PM
Azizi 12 Oct 08 - 03:43 PM
Charley Noble 12 Oct 08 - 09:01 PM
Joe_F 12 Oct 08 - 09:13 PM
Arkie 12 Oct 08 - 09:50 PM
Dave Illingworth 13 Oct 08 - 05:16 AM
Uncle_DaveO 13 Oct 08 - 11:50 AM
Azizi 13 Oct 08 - 12:36 PM
Charley Noble 13 Oct 08 - 02:06 PM
GUEST 13 Oct 08 - 06:15 PM
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Genie 14 Oct 08 - 12:19 AM
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Charley Noble 14 Oct 08 - 08:49 AM
Azizi 14 Oct 08 - 09:19 AM
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Azizi 14 Oct 08 - 09:54 AM
Charley Noble 14 Oct 08 - 12:43 PM
Azizi 14 Oct 08 - 02:21 PM
GUEST,Ken Brock 14 Oct 08 - 03:08 PM
Genie 14 Oct 08 - 08:17 PM
Charley Noble 14 Oct 08 - 08:50 PM
Genie 14 Oct 08 - 11:43 PM
GUEST,Rob The Roadie 15 Oct 08 - 07:31 AM
GUEST,Ken Brock 15 Oct 08 - 11:43 AM
Azizi 15 Oct 08 - 12:03 PM
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Charley Noble 15 Oct 08 - 12:37 PM
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Azizi 15 Oct 08 - 04:12 PM
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mark gregory 16 Apr 09 - 09:30 PM
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Boho 17 Apr 09 - 02:09 AM
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lompocan 18 Apr 09 - 03:15 PM
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GUEST,Peter Woodruff 23 Apr 09 - 10:13 PM
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Subject: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:28 PM

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]

For no discernable reason, I'm wondering what songs folks here can think of that have the word "money" in their titles or their lyrics. I'm also wondering what songs people can think of that have titles or lyrics that refer to one or more denominations of money. Songs that mention other types of types of wealth such as gold and silver would also "count" in this category thread.

I'll share the lyrics to the first song in this category that I thought of, and then add more song lyrics or song titles in other posts.

Please join me!

Thanks, in advance, for your participation in this thread.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: pavane
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:32 PM

Money, Money, Money


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Subject: Lyr Add: MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:32 PM

Money (That's What I Want)

The best things in life are free
But you can keep 'em for the birds and bees;

Now give me money, (that's what I want) that's what I want,
(That's what I want) That's what I want (That's what I want) yeah,
That's what I want.

Your lovin' give me such a thrill,
But your lovin' don't pay my bills;

[refrain]

Money don't get everything it's true,
What it don't get I can't use;

[refrain]

Well, now give me money, (That's what I want)
A lotta money, (That's what I want)
Oh yeah, I wanna be free, (That's what I want)
Oh, lotta money, (That's what I want)
That's what I want (That's what I want) yeah,
That's what I want.

Well, now give me money, (That's what I want)
A lotta money, (That's what I want)
Wo, yeah, You need money (That's what I want)
Gimme money, (That's what I want)
That's what I want (That's what I want)
That's what I want.

http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/whowantstobeamillionaire/moneythatswhatiwant.htm


-snip-

I'm not sure who wrote this song. Does anyone know?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:34 PM

Wow, pavane, you're fast.

Is that song title the same song as the one I posted?

If not, I'm not sure I know it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER (Elmore James)
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:39 PM

SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER
{Elmore James)

Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
And then?
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
And then?
I got a girl who lives up on the hill
I got a girl who lives up on the hill
Talk she gonna love me
But I don't believe she will
You got shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker, babe
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
You gotta shake your moneymaker
And then?
I got a girl and she just won't be true
I got a girl and she just won't be true
She's locked to the bridge
She won't do a thing I tell her to do
She won't shake her moneymaker
Won't shake her moneymaker
She wanna roll her activator
She won't shake her moneymaker
She won't shake her moneymaker
She won't?

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/james_elmore/shake_your_moneymaker.html


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: pavane
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:44 PM

No, it's ABBA


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:48 PM

Re: the song "Shake Your Moneymaker":

I notice that the name Elmore James is also written as James Elmore. I'm assuming that they are the same person. Is one a mistake? If so, which one is right?

Also, I vaguely recall a R&B dance song from the early or mid 1960s I think, called "Shake Your Moneymaker". I remember being proud of myself when I realized that the singer was referring to a woman's butt as her "moneymaker". However, I didn't connect the dots way back then that if you take the song literally, the song is describing women as prostitutes. And, since men also have butts, the song could also be talking about men...

Anyway...moving right along. Is this the same song as that R&B song?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:53 PM

There is a Turkish song sung by Brenna MacCrimmon in the film "Crossing the Bridge" where the narrator is a prostitute and the chorus has her calling down into the street to her pimp "come up and get your money".


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:05 PM

The very first album that I heard that I would call "folk" was featured songs sung by Odetta. I've referred to one of the songs on that album as either "Hangman" or "Gallows Pole", though that might not be its real name. Here are some words to that song:

"Hangman, hangman slack your rope/ slack it for awhile/ think I see my mother, {father, sister, brother} comin/comin a-many a mile.

I remember that the only one who brought silver and gold so that the person wouldn't hang was the person's sweetheart.

I've looked but I can't find those lyrics in the DigiTrad. I'm sure that song is included in the DigiTrad but I'm not looking under the right title. Would someone please post the name for that song?

Thanks.

Btw, I found several online pages for Led Zeppelin's version of the song, but it's not the same as I remember.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:09 PM

In the Digitrad as Hangman:
@displaysong.cfm?SongID=2484


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:12 PM

I remember Oscar Brand singing a song to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean". It was called "My God How The Money Rolls In". I believe it was about political corruption. If anyone has the complete lyrics to the song, this would be an appropriate place to post them.

SOL


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:21 PM

Thanks to all who have posted to this thread thus far.

Sinsull, I saw that title "Hangman or the Prickilie Bush" in the DT but didn't click on it because there was no mention of a prickly bush in Odetta's version of that song.

I'm sure there are countless versions of that song.

And I can bank on the fact that there are millions of songs that mention money, and also just as many songs that refer to wealth using the standards of gold and silver and other precious metals.

Which songs can you think of?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: topical tom
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:25 PM

Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)

We're in the Money

Money, Marbles and Chalk

I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister

Silver and Gold


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: sian, west wales
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:27 PM

First one that came to mind is a Welsh song - "Mae cystal gen i swllt" (I like to have a shilling). It's the same sort of song as I've Got Sixpence. . A good campfire kinda song.

sian


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:41 PM

See also this thread: Songs about money ($$$$$$$$$$) - on the same subject.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:45 PM

Ma mère m'a donné cent sous.

A rude song...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 01:46 PM

How about the one about the young feller who took his new date out to a theater or other show, and afterwards one of them suggested a bite to eat? Well, she's "not hungry", but that's fine with him because he "had but fifty cents".

Then at the restaurant she shows a deep-going and far-ranging appetite, a ravenous craving and consumption for anything and everything on the menu. But "I had but fifty cents."

When he can't pay, he gets beaten up and thrown out on his ear.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: Lyr Add: BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:16 PM

Here's a children's rhyme that includes references to money:

BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

My mom gave me a penny
She said to buy a henny
But I didn't buy no henny
Instead, I bought BUBBLE GUM
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

My mom gave me a nickel
She said to buy a pickle
But I didn't buy no pickle
Instead, I bought BUBBLE GUM
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

My mom gave me a dime
She said to buy a lime
But I didn't buy no lime
Instead , I bought BUBBLE GUM
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

My mom gave me a quarter
She said to buy some water
But I didn't buy no water
Instead, I bought BUBBLE GUM
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

My mom gave me a dollar
She said to buy a collar
But I didn't buy no collar
Instead, I bought BUBBLE GUM
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

My mom gave me a five
She said to stay alive
But I didn't stay alive
Instead, I choked on BUBBLE GUM
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA BUBBLE GUM

i learned that one in elementary school... not sure how i remembered it! have fun... whoever needs this
-i know hand games! ; 12/22/2005; http://blog.oftheoctopuses.com/000518.php

["That one" ;O) and other versions of this rhyme are found on http://www.cocojams.com/handclap_rhymes.htm ]


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: pavane
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:18 PM

"My God How the Money Rolls In" is already in the database.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:35 PM

and of course, there's "money" by Pink Floyd, definitely not a folk song tho


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:35 PM

Banks of White Marble

not sure if there's any money in them though!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:42 PM

Here's a jump rope rhyme"


(Start swinging rope back and forth without doing a full turn) Blue Bells Taco Shells eevy ivy ooover (now regular jump rope) i went down town to see james (or charlie) brown he gave me a nickle to buy me a pickle the pickle was sour he gave me a flower the flower was dead and this is what he said, he said: johnney jump on one foot one foot one foot, johnney jump on two feet, two feet, two feet, johnney jump on three feet, three feet, three feet, johnney jump on four feet four feet four feet johnney jump on FIVE FEET! (try to touch all hands and butt to the ground in one jump. everybody messed up here)
-Talia G.; 12/5/2006; http://www.cocojams.com/handclap_rhymes.htm

**

Does anyone remember any other "nickel to buy a pickle" rhymes?
If so, I'd appreciate it if you would post them here or pm me since I'm very interested in collecting versions of that "family" of children's rhymes.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:01 PM

In my opinion, children's rhymes are worthy additions to any 'category song' thread.

Here are two more children's rhymes that mention money:

Policeman, Policeman
Do your duty.
Here comes Debby
An American beauty,
She can wiggle
She can wobble
She can do the split.
But I betcha five dollars
She can't do this.
Lady on one foot, one foot, one foot
Turn all around, around, around.
Lady on two foot, two foot, two foot
Touch the ground, the ground, the ground.
Lady on three foot, three foot, three foot
Say your prayers, your prayers, your prayers.
Lady on four foot, four foot, four foot
Jump right out.
-Azizi Powell, remembrance of childhood in Atlantic City, New Jersey, mid 1950s.

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Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack
All dressed in black black black
With silver buttons buttons buttons
Up and down her back back back.
She asked her mother mother mother
For fifteen cents cents cents *
To see the elephant elephant elephant
Jump the fence fence fence
He jumped so high high high
He touched the sky sky sky
And he never came back back back
Till the fourth of July ly ly
- multiple sources, including my childhood memories of Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950s

* "Fifty" cents seems to be most often said nowadays


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:14 PM

Re the "nickle/pickle" song, I know the end of each verse differently, as in:

My ma gave me a nickle
To buy a pickle.
I didn't buy a pickle,
I bought some chew'n gum      (pronounced as "choongum")
Chew chew chew chew chew chew'n gum
How I love chew'n gum!
I didn't buy a pickle, I bought some chew'n gum!


I've never heard this song as using a proprietary product name.

Just incidentally, what's a "henny"? Never heard of such a thing, let alone in this song.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: Lyr Add: MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND (Cabaret)
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:17 PM

There's Money makes The World Go Round from Cabaret:

Money makes the world go round
The world go round, the world go round
Money makes the world go round
It makes the world go round

A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound
A buck or a pound, a buck or a pound
Is all that makes the world go round
That clinking, clanking sound
Can make the world go round

Money, money, money, money
Money, money, money, money
Money, money, money, money, money

If you happen to be rich
And you feel like a night's entertainment
You can pay for a gay escapade
If you happen to be rich and alone
And you need a companion
You can ring tingaling for the maid

If you happen to be rich
And you find you are left by your lover
Though you moan and you groan quite a lot
You can take it on the chin
Call a cab, and begin to recover
On your fourteen carat yacht

Money makes the world go round
The world go round, the world go round
Money makes the world go round
Of that we both are sure
On being poor

When you haven't any coal in the stove and you freeze
In the winter and you curse to the wind at your fate
When you haven't any shoes on your feet
And your coat's thin as paper
And you look thirty pounds underweight

When you go to get a word of advice
From the fat little pastor
He will tell you to love evermore
But when hunger comes to rap, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat
At the window, see how love flies out the door

For money makes the world go round
The world go round, the world go round
Money makes the world go round
The clinking, clanking sound of money

Money, money, money, money, money, money, money
Get a little, get a little
Money, money, money, money
Mark, a yen, a buck or a pound
That clinking, clanking, clunking sound
Is all that makes the world go round
It makes the world go round


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:18 PM

Gillian Welch: 'One More Dollar' (Revival)

and her: 'Winter's Come and Gone' (Hell Among the Yearlings)
('five cold nickels all I got left...What am I gonna do/Five cold nickels ain't gonna see me through')

Anon.(?) first recorded by Monroe Brothers: 'Long Journey Home'
(Lost all my money but a two dollar bill')


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:22 PM

Kingston Trio, Greenback Dollar


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:27 PM

Gillian Welch 'Wayside/Back in time' ('standing on the corner with a nickel or a dime')


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:33 PM

Well, Frankie Lee and Judas Priest, they were the best of friends.
So when Frankie Lee needed MONEY one day,
Judas quickly pulled out a roll of tens
And placed them on a foot stool just above the cloudy plain,
Saying, "Take your pick, Frankie boy, my loss will be your gain."

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I don't care how many letters they sent;
The morning came and the morning went.
Pick up your MONEY and pack up your tent;
You ain't goin' nowhere.

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If you've got the MONEY, honey, I've got the time.
We'll go honky-tonkin', and we'll have a time.

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Everybody's got a hungry heart
Lay down your MONEY and you play your part

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You never give me your MONEY.
You only give me your funny papers.

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Saving up your MONEY for a rainy day,
Giving all your clothes to charity.
Last night the wife said "Oh golly, when you're dead,
You don't take nothing with you but your soul. Think!"

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I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May.

I guess you'd say, "What can make me feel this way?"
My girl. Talkin' bout my girl.

I've got so much honey; the bees envy me.
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.

I don't need no MONEY, fortune, or fame.
I've got all the riches one man can claim.

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Back with my wife in Tennessee, one day she said to me,
"Virgil, quick come see! There goes Robert E. Lee."
Now, I don't mind choppin' wood,
And I don't care if the MONEY's no good;
You take what you need and you leave the rest,
But they should never have taken the very best.
The night they drove old Dixie down.....

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MONEY Cannot Buy Your Soul (trad.)

"Oh, what is this that I can see,
With icy hands takin' hold of me?"
"It's Death, I come to get the soul,
To leave the body, leave it cold."

"Oh Death, oh Death. How can it be,
That I must come and go with thee?
Oh Death, oh Death. How can it be?
I'm unprepared, unprepared, for eternity."

"You fix my eyes so I can't see.
You lock my jaw so I can't talk.
You stretch my limbs; you're makin' me cold;
You robbin' the body of the soul."

"Oh yes, I've come to get the soul;
to leave the body, leave it cold;
To let the flesh drop from the frame;
The earth & worms both have their claim."

"You can have my gold; you can have my land,
If you will move your icy hand."
"Don't want your land; don't want your gold.
MONEY cannot buy your soul."

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MONEY Is King, by Growling Tiger

If a man have MONEY today, people do not care if he have kokobe.
If a man have MONEY today, people do not care if he have kokobe.
He can commit murder and get off free, and live in the governor's company.
But if you are poor, people will tell you "Shoo", and a dog is better than you.

If you have MONEY to buy in a store, the boss will shake your hand at the door.
He will call the clerk to take down everything: whiskey, cloth, earring and diamond ring.
He will send them to your home on a motor bike. You can pay the bills whenever you like.
And not a soul will ask you a thing. They know very well that MONEY is king.

A man with a collar and tie and waist-coat, ask the Chinee-man to trust him after accra and float.
"Me no trust-am", bawl out the Chinee-man, "You better move-am from me frying pan.
You college man, me no know A B C. You want-am accra gie-am penny."
And the worms start to jump in the man's belly, and he cry out, "A dog is better than me!"

A dog can walk about and take up bone, fowl head, stale bread, fish-tail and pone.
It it's a good breed and not too wild, some people will take it and mind as a child.
But when a hungry man goes out to beg, they will set a bull-dog behind his leg.
Twenty policemen may chock him down, too. You see where a dog is better than you.

If you have MONEY and things going nice, any woman would call you honey and spice.
But if you can't give her a dress or a new pair of shoes, she'll say she have no uses for you.
When you try to caress her, she will tell you "Stop! I can't carry love in the Chinee shop."
And most of you will agree that it's true, if you haven't MONEY, dog is better than you.

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Ballad Of Omie Wise (trad., John McCutcheon version)

I'll tell you the history of little Omie Wise,
How she was deluded by John Lewis's lies.

He told her to meet him at the Hellington Spring,
He'd bring here some MONEY and other fine things.

But when he did meet her at the Hellington Spring,
He'd brought her no MONEY nor other fine things.

He said, "Climb up behind me and away we will go.
We'll ride and be married where the old folks won't know."

She climbed up behind him, and away they did go,
Down through the lonesome valley where the deep waters flow.

"Get down from behind me and I'll tell you my mind.
My mind is to drown you and leave you behind."

She threw her arms around him; she was so surprised.
"Oh, let me go," begging, "if I can't be your bride."

He hugged her an' he kissed her an' he looked all around.
He threw her in deep waters where he knew that she would drown.

Then he mounted his pony and away he did go,
Back through the lonesome valley where the deep waters flow.

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Blue Ridge Mountain Refugee, by Si Kahn

I'm workin' in a factory, thinkin' of how it feels
To be bringin' home good MONEY like my daddy never seen;
But a feelin' follows after me, like a hound-dog at my heels.
And I know that I'll never see my mountain home again.

Cause they say that I can't go back again,
Never sit and talk among my childhood friends,
Never live among my neighbors and my kin,
No, I'll never see my mountain home again.

Down by the railway station, in the early afternoon,
You can see them with their bundles that are all done up in twine.
They hear the whistle from the south, and they're sayin' their good-by's,
And they say that they'll come back again;
But they're leavin' for all time.

Cincinnati, Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit;
You can see us by the thousands, with our husbands and our wives.
You wonder what we're doin' here, so far from our mountain homes.
Well, we're Blue Ridge Mountain refugees,
And we're fighting for our lives.

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A Picture From Life's Other Side (trad., Woody Guthrie's version)

In the world's mighty gallery of pictures,
There's scenes that're painted from life--
Scenes of youth and of beauty, scenes of hardships and strife,
Scenes of wealth and of plenty,
Old age and a blushing young bride--
To hang on the wall; but the saddest of all is
A picture from life's other side.

A picture from life's other side,
Somebody who's fell by the way;
And a light has gone out with the tide
That might have been happy some day.
Some poor mother at home is watching and waiting alone,
Longing to hear from her loved ones so dear,
That's a picture from life's other side.

Now, the first scene is one of two brothers,
Their paths in life differently lived.
One lived in luxury and riches, and the other one begged for his bread.
One night they met on the highway. "Your MONEY or life, sir," one cried.
Then, with his knife, took his own brother's life.
That's a picture from life's other side.

Now the next scene is down by the river: a heart-broken mother and babe.
In the harbor light glare, see them shiver. How candid no one will say.
Once she was a true woman, somebody's darling and pride.
God help her, she leaps. There's no one to weep.
That's a picture from life's other side.

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Deportee, by Woody Guthrie

The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting,
The oranges piled in their creosoted dumps.
You're flying them back to that Mexican border,
To pay all their MONEY to wade back again.

Good-bye to my Juan, good-bye, Rosalita.
Adios, mes amigos, Jesus y Maria.
You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane.
All they will call you will be "deportee".

My father's own father, he waded that river.
They took all the MONEY he made in his life.
My brothers and sisters came working the fruit trees;
They rode in the trucks till they took down and died.

Some of us are illegal and some are not wanted.
Our work contract's out and we have to move on.
Six hundred miles to that Mexican border.
They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.

We died in your hills, we died in your deserts.
We died in your valleys and died on your plains.
We died 'neath your trees and we died in your bushes,
Both sides of the river, we died just the same.

The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos canyon.
A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills.
Who are these dear friends, all scattered like dry leaves?
The radio says they are just deportees.

Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit?
To fall like dry leaves, to rot on the topsoil;
And be called by no name except deportees.

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There Was a Time, by Tom Pacheco

There was a time when rivers ran clear.
The birds in the wind were all you could hear.
The air was so sweet, in the morning sunshine.
Each day was a treat. There was a time.

There was a time when love would endure.
You'd marry for life, for rich or for poor.
And no matter how steep the cliffs you might climb,
you'd share every leap. There was a time.

There was a time when people would share
whatever they had with friends who were there.
They'd sit on the grass, on an evening sublime,
and drink from one glass. There was a time.

There was a time they measured your worth
on what good you did while you were on Earth.
Before MONEY ruled, and success was defined
by celebrity fools. There was a time.

There was a time your job was secure.
The plant would not move to Kuala Lumpur.
The unions were strong, your benefits fine.
You felt you belonged. There was a time.

There was a time when school was a place
where knowledge was gained and classrooms were safe.
The playgrounds were fun, young voices in rhyme,
with no fear of guns. There was a time.

There was a time you'd pick up your mail.
The letters were ships, the stamps were the sails.
And you never had fear of what you might find
hidden inside. There was a time.

There was a time when people could trust
the ones we'd elect to watch over us.
They'd never pull strings, they'd not take a dime
from corporate kings. There was a time.

There was a time when people would stand
and fight for their rights. They'd march hand in hand.
Before the big sleep, well planned and designed,
turned lions to sheep. There was a time.

There was a time, not long in the past,
when everything changed too much and too fast.
I stand by the sea and treasure its whine.
Its waves remind me there once was a time.
There once was a time.

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Turn Of The Century, by ? (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

There'll be, flyin' boats, and condos with moats,
Cultivated oceans, floatin' cities in the sky.
Livin' underneath our bubble, no more toil and trouble,
Singin' bout that sweet old by and by.

Hallelujah! I can't wait to see it.
Hallelujah! Come on and go with me.
Let me show you, just how great life's gonna be
At the turn, the turn of the century.

We'll all have lots of MONEY that we won't have to spend.
You'll be given everything, and everyone's your friend.
Hangin' out together, in picture-perfect weather;
This time 'round, the party never ends.

We won't have no TV preachers, to ask how much we gave.
We won't need no TV preachers, see, by then we'll all be saved.
No more fightin' for our country, no child will go hungry.
We'll be smilin', from the cradle to the grave.

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The Outcast, by Tom Russell

Oh gather 'round me people, lend and ear now if you please
Your promised land was settled, by bastards, drunks and thieves
Excuse me if it offends you, but I'm the worst of all of these
Yes I destroyed the family tree, I am the Outcast

I'm your inbred second cousin who was kept inside a shed
I'm the cross-eyed little stutterer who always wet the bed
I'm yer queer Uncle Harry, yer retarded Uncle Fred
I'm the one they left for dead, I am The Outcast

I've embarrassed folks at weddings, birthdays and at wakes
I'm the cur who passed out face down in your anniversary cake
I'm the black sheep, the Philanderer, the Louse, the Souse, the Rake
The remittance man, the Snake - the bloody outcast

Oh forebear with yer pity, my functions very plain
We've come here from the Olde World, and we've gone a touch insane
On a social scale ya need a foil to bear the family stain
I am the Joker in yer game; I am The Outcast

Oh the black man and the Indian, the Chinaman the Jew
They built yer friggin railroad and they picked yer cotton too
They washed yer dirty laundry and they tied yer children's shoes
They got a right to sing the blues, 'cause they were outcasts!

Now we worship politicians, as if they all were saints
Put their faces on our MONEY, pillow slips and plates
We should love this land for what it is, and not for what it ain't
Oh their game is fueled by hate, the hate of outcasts!

The Norwegians hate the Swedish and the Swedes they hate the Finns
The Finns they hate the Russians and the Russians hate the Yids
Spicks and Wops and Greasers; Kikes and Spades and Ginny Hens
Hatred's blowin' in the wind, 10 million outcasts

Oh beautiful for spacious skies and amber waves of grain
Grain distilled to make the rye that pickled old Tom Paine
Old Georgie built the White house with slaves who died in pain
But Georgies quarries made the gain, from blood of outcasts!

Move in a little closer now, the side show must begin
History will repeat itself: again, again, again!
On the immigration totem pole the low man never wins
But competition ain't a sin! God help the outcast!

So step right up ya pilgrims, the trains a leavin' soon
We got acreage out in Iowa for the likes of folks like you
A quarter section in a flood plain; forty acres and a mule
Sign right here ya bloody fools; Welcome ye Outcasts!

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Gallo Del Cielo, by Tom Russell

Carlos Zaragosa left his home in Casas Grandes, when the moon was full;
No MONEY in his pocket, just a locket of his sister framed in gold.
He rode into El Sweco, stole a rooster called El Gallo del Cielo.
Then he swam the Rio Grande, with that fighter nestled deep beneath his arm.

El Gallo del Cielo was a rooster born in Heaven, so the legends say.
His wings they had been broken, he had one eye rollin' crazy in his head.
He'd fought a hundred fights, and the legends say that one night near El Sweco
They fought Cielo seven times, and seven times he left brave roosters dead.

Ola my Teresa, I am thinking of you now in San Antonio.
I have twenty-seven dollars, and the good luck of your picture framed in gold.
Tonight I'll put it all on the fighting spurs of Gallo del Cielo.
And then I'll return to buy the land that Villa stole from father long ago.

Outside of San Diego, in the onion fields of Paco Monteverde,
The pride of San Diego lay sleeping on a fancy bed of silk;
And they laughed when Zaragosa pulled the one-eyed del Cielo from beneath his coat.
But they cried when Zaragosa walked away with a thousand dollar bill.

Ola my Teresa, I am thinking of you now in Santa Barbara.
I have 15 hundred dollars, and the good luck of your picture framed in gold.
Tonight I'll put it all on the fighting spurs of Gallo del Cielo.
And then I'll return to buy the land that Villa stole from father long ago.

Now the moon has gone to hiding, and lantern lights spill shadows on a fighting sand,
Where a wicked black named Zorro faces Gallo del Cielo in the night.
But Carlos Zaragosa fears the tiny crack that runs across his rooster's beak.
And he fears that he has lost the fifty thousand dollars riding on the fight.

Ola my Teresa, I am thinking of you now in Santa Clara.
Yes, the MONEY's on the table, I'm holding to your good luck framed in gold;
And everything we've dreamed of is riding on the spurs of del Cielo.
I pray that I'll return to buy the land that Villa stole from father long ago.

The signal it was given, and the cocks they rose together far above the sand.
El Gallo del Cielo sunk a gaff into Zorro's shiny breast.
They were separated quickly, but they rose and fought each other 37 times.
And the legends say that everyone agreed that del Cielo fought the best.

Then the screams of Zaragosa filled the night outside the town of Santa Clara,
As the beak of del Cielo lay broken like a shell within his hand.
And they say that Zaragosa screamed a curse upon the bones of Pancho Villa,
When Zorro rose up one last time and drove del Cielo through the sand.

Ola my Teresa, I am thinking of you now in San Francisco.
I have no MONEY in my pocket, I no longer have your good luck framed in gold.
I buried it last evening, with the bones of my beloved del Cielo.
And I'll not return to buy the land Villa stole from father long ago.

Do the rivers still run muddy outside of my beloved Casas Grandes?
Does the scar upon my brother's face turn red when he hears mention of my name?
Do the people of El Sweco curse the theft of Gallo del Cielo?
Well, tell my family not to worry, I will not return to cause them shame.

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Bony Fingers, by Hoyt Axton

Well, the rain's comin' down and the roof won't hold her.
Lost my job and I feel a little older.
Car won't start and our love's grown colder.

Maybe things'll get a little better in the morning;
Maybe things'll get a little better.
Work your fingers to the bone;
What'you get? Bony fingers.

Clothes need a washin' and the fire won't start.
Kids all cryin' and you're breakin' my heart.
Whole damn place is fallin' apart.

I've been broke as long as I remember.
Get a little MONEY and I gotta go and spend 'er.
When I try to save it, pretty woman come and take it, sayin'

Grass won't grow and the fire won't start.
Whole darn world is goin' to pot.
Might as well like it 'cause you're all that I've got.

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Free Mexican Air Force, by Peter Rowan

In the Moralos Mountains, Campesinos are planting their fields,
While the ghost of Zapata rides a horse that can still outrun the wheel;
While free in the sky above, and clear out of sight,
The Free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight.

In the city of angels a cowboy is cooling his heels,
Remembering that God gave us herbs and the fruits of the fields.
But a criminal law that makes outlaws of those seeking life
Made the Free Mexican Air Force, Mescalito riding his white horse,

Yeah, the Free Mexican Air Force, and we're flying tonight.
Flying so high, high, hee, hee-eee-eee-eee.

How strange that an innocent herb causes MONEY to burn.
The delia will kill you for making those rich fat cats squirm.
The fools who make rules don't know the difference between wrong & right.
That's why the Free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight.

Uncle Sam in his misery put a Nix on the fields of Carrero,
Saying shoot down all gringos and wetbacks who dare wear sombreros.
Either run for your life, surrender, or fight,
Or join the Free Mexican Air Force, flying tonight.

It is not marijuana destroying the minds of the young,
But confusion continued for power and greed in all forms.
Well, the borders of evil will fall to the smugglers of life,
Where the Free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight.

In San Antonio they tell me that power and MONEY are one.
They can buy us or sell you to keep you afraid, on the run.
But no one can stop us; my vision is clearly in sight,
And the Free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight.

Some are smoking colitas while others are loading their guns.
Blowing smoke from their six-shooters, spinning their barrels for fun.
Contra vandistas, banditos alike.
We're the Free Mexican Air Force, and we're flying tonight.

High in the hills, we are harvesting sweet sensimilla.
Yeah, the law wants it all, cause they know that the wild weed can free us,
And freedom for us is a prison for the rulers of minds.
That's why the Free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight.

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Emilia, by The Tiger

Emilia, dou-dou, to be honest and true, me life and confidence placed in you.
Emilia, dou-dou, to be honest and true, me life and confidence placed in you.
Me father was a man belong to high rank; he die and leave MONEY in the royal bank.
He leave a cow, a goat, and a male donkey, and that is why I want to join in matrimony.

I mean to tell you the truth, how I met with Emilia is when I landed from America.
I told her, "Darling, I love you, honest and true, and anything for you I would do."
She said meet her that night in the square by the electric company. I'll meet her anywhere.
So we decided to meet quite positively, you could believe me, by La Peyrouse cemet'ry.

Well, I took Battoo bus at seven thirty, On my way to the cemetery.
I told her my aim was matrimony, and mine heart, it does rule the body.
She look at me and laugh and said, "You too small; and furthermore singing ain't no work at all."
She wanted a doctor or a barrister, a chief engineer or an overseer.

And then I tell her from the cow you can get nice milk; with the MONEY buy satin and silk.
It is a decent size for anyone to lead, and plant provision on which we can feed;
Build a nice home in the month of June, and on the island we'll spend our nice honeymoon.
We won't have to pay not a cent for rent; we'll be just as the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

But I really believe she made a terrible mistake; She thought I had cotton estate.
She began demanding ten bolt of silk, and to supply Port-of-Spain with milk.
But the cow died on her suddenly; I mean, the donkey was no good entirely.
And little later did she realize one of the goat leg was paralyze.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:38 PM

Thanks, to all who have posted examples of songs about money.

**

Dave, thanks for your nickle, pickle example. Re: your question about the word "henny", I'd bet the farm if I had one that a "henny" is a hen. I mean what else rhymes with the word "penny"? I guess kids could have said "My mother gave me a penny to give to my brother Lenny? Hmm. But the pattern is to buy something..so being creative, children came up with "henny". I like it.

Also regarding that example, in 2006 or thereabouts, the Bazooka corporation used that old chewing gum rhyme to market their brand of bubble gum.

Here's a link to a thread I started for this versions of that rhyme:
thread.cfm?threadid=102593
Bazooka Zooka Bubble Gum


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:39 PM

And from the Yorkshire Garland Website:


York, York for my Money


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money sewn into coat linings
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:51 PM

Money sewn into coat linings:

Steve Tilston 'Slip-jigs and Reels'

'The Yorkshire Bite' here at the Yorkshire Garland again


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: CupOfTea
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:55 PM

There are variants on "A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week" on this thread The Lee Murdock one is what I'm familiar with, and was surprised to see there's a Woody Guthrie one as well.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: oldhippie
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:15 PM

A Dollar Ain't a Dollar Anymore

Magic Penny

Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel In)

I Am Changing My Name To Chrysler

Greenback Dollar


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Little Robyn
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:16 PM

The chewing gum song with nickels, dimes and quarters is on a thread here.
The only money song I'm singing at the moment is the Empty Pocket Blues. There's a thread on that too somewhere.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:19 PM

And one about bankers and the credit crunch


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Subject: Lyr Add: EMPTY POCKET BLUES (Pete Seeger)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:23 PM

EMPTY POCKET BLUES

I never had a pocket full of money,
I never had a ruby red ring;
All I ever had was you, babe,
Just to sit and listen to me sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

I never had a barrel of money,
I never had a big Cadillac;
All I ever had was you, babe,
And that's a fact.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Money, money, money,
When will I make the grade?
I'm so broke that a dollar bill
Looks big as a window shade.

Some people got barrels of money--
They got bushels of ruby red rings;
But they ain't got a little gal like mine,
And they don't know how to sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Now some say the blues are sorrowful,
Some say the blues are sad;
But when I sing those blues to you,
I come out feeling glad;
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Don't put your money in a barrel,
Don't waste it on a ruby red ring;
Just give it all to your own little girl
To cook your dinner while you sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.


Money, money, money,
When will I make the grade?
I'm so broke that a dollar bill
Looks big as a window shade.

Some people got barrels of money,
They got bushels of ruby red rings;
But they ain't got a little gal like mine,
And they don't know how to sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.


I borrowed it from Pete Seeger.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:26 PM

Robyn, re your comment about "empty pocket blues", I hope no one thinks that I'm minimizing the terrible financial situation that people are in right now, in the USA and throughout the entire world.

I just felt that maybe it might be helpful to our individual and collective emotional health to take a somewhat lighthearted look at the subject of money.

Fwiw, I'm sending positive vibrations to everyone in the hopes that we all make it through this crisis as best we can.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Hrothgar
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:30 PM

I would have thought Guthrie's "Do Re Mi" would have had an early mention.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Little Robyn
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:31 PM

And another one along the same lines, also sung by Pete:

BANKS OF MARBLE
(Les Rice)

I've traveled 'round this country.
From shore to shining shore;
It really made me wonder
The things I heard and saw.

I saw the weary farmer,
Plowing sod and loam;
I saw the auction hammer
Just a-knocking down his home.

CHORUS
But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the farmer (worker, etc.*) sweated for.


I saw the seaman standing
Idly by the shore,
I heard the bosses saying,
"Got no work for you no more."

I saw the weary miner
Scrubbing coal dust from his back,
And I heard his children crying,
"Got no coal to heat the shack."

**

I've seen my brothers (good people) working
Throughout this mighty land,
I prayed we'd get together
And together make a stand.

Final Chorus:
Then we'd own those banks of marble
With a guard at every door (or: With no guard at any door)
And we'd share those vaults of silver
That the workers sweated for!


*change to fit verse

We sang that one lots back in 1967/68. Is it still relevant today????
Robyn


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Subject: Lyr Add: DO RE MI (Woody Guthrie)
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:35 PM

(IF YOU AIN'T GOT THE) DO RE MI
(Woody Guthrie) (1937)

Lots of folks back East, they say, is leavin' home every day,
Beatin' the hot old dusty way to the California line.
'Cross the desert sands they roll, gettin' out of that old dust bowl,
They think they're goin' to a sugar bowl, but here's what they find --
Now, the police at the port of entry say,
"You're number fourteen thousand for today."

CHORUS:
Oh, if you ain't got the do re mi, folks, you ain't got the do re mi,
Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi.

You want to buy you a home or a farm, that can't deal nobody harm,
Or take your vacation by the mountains or sea.
Don't swap your old cow for a car, you better stay right where you are,
Better take this little tip from me.
'Cause I look through the want ads every day
But the headlines on the papers always say:

If you ain't got the do re mi, boys, you ain't got the do re mi,
Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi.


Lyrics as recorded by Woody Guthrie, RCA Studios, Camden, NJ, Apr 26, 1940, released on "Dust Bowl Ballads," transcribed by Manfred Helfert.
© 1961 Ludlow Music Inc., New York, NY

http://www.geocities.com/nashville/3448/doremi.html

This page includes two song clips.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME (Harburg/...
From: KB in Iowa
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:36 PM

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime"
lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WE'RE IN THE MONEY (Dubin/Warren)
From: KB in Iowa
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:38 PM

"We're in the Money"
lyrics by Al Dubin, music by Harry Warren (from the film Gold Diggers of 1933, 1933)

We're in the money, we're in the money;
We've got a lot of what it takes to get along!
We're in the money, that sky is sunny,
Old Man Depression you are through, you done us wrong.
We never see a headline about breadlines today.
And when we see the landlord we can look that guy right in the eye
We're in the money, come on, my honey,
Let's lend it, spend it, send it rolling along!

Oh, yes we're in the money, you bet we're in the money,
We've got a lot of what it takes to get along!
Let's go we're in the money, Look up the skies are sunny,
Old Man Depression you are through, you done us wrong.
We never see a headline about breadlines today.
And when we see the landlord we can look that guy right in the eye
We're in the money, come on, my honey,
Let's lend it, spend it, send it rolling along!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Little Robyn
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:40 PM

I was looking for the words to Times are gettin' hard boys and found this thread.
Robyn


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Subject: Lyr Add: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (Johnston/Burke)
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:41 PM

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
(Arthur Johnston / Johnny Burke)

A long time ago, about a million years B.C.
The best things in life were absolutely free.

But no one appreciated a sky that was always blue
and no one anticipated a moon that was always new.

So it was planned that they should vanish now and then
and you must pay before you get them back again.

That's what storms were made for
and you shouldn't be afraid for:

Every time it rains, it rains, pennies from heaven
Don't you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
You'll find your fortune's fallin' all over the town
Make sure that your umbrella is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you must have showers
So, when you hear it thunder, don't run under a tree
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me

Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven
Don't you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
You'll find your fortune's fallin' all over the town
Make sure that your umbrella is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you must have showers
So, when you hear it thunder, don't run under a tree
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me

So take a big deep breath of the clean fresh air
Put a smile on your face be a millionaire
The streets outside
Are paved with gold
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me

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Tony Bennett; Acker Bilk; Ruby Braff; Dave Brubeck; George Burns;
June Christy; Rosemary Clooney; Perry Como; Harry Connick Jr.;
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Tommy Dorsey; Eddy Duchin; Eddie Fisher; The Four Freshmen;
The Four Tops; Stan Getz; Carroll Gibbons; Dizzy Gillespie;
Nat Gonella; Benny Goodman; Stephane Grappelli; Dick Haymes;
Woody Herman; Al Hibbler; Earl Hines; Billie Holiday; Harry James;
Stan Kenton; Gene Krupa; Frances Langford; Turner Layton;
Brenda Lee; Guy Lombardo; Joe Loss; Gordon MacRae; Dean Martin;
Glenn Miller; The Mills Brothers; The Modernaires; Rose Murphy;
Red Nichols; Red Norvo; Charlie Parker; Pasadena Roof Orch.;
Mandy Patinken; Oscar Peterson; The Platters; Louis Prima;
Della Reese; Django Reinhardt; Marty Robbins; Zoot Sims;
Frank Sinatra; The Skyliners; Jack Teagarden; Tiny Tim; Mel Tormé;
Arthur Tracy; Sarah Vaughan; Dinah Washington; Paul Weston;
Andy Williams; Teddy Wilson; Lester Young; ..... and many more.

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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: peregrina
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:41 PM

And how can anyone forget Ed Pickford's
Pound a Week Rise


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:48 PM

I put "A Dollar Aint A Dollar Any More" on my last CD. It's on Folk Legacy Records. www.folklegacy.com

title-----CHICAGO TOWN AND PONTS WEST


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Ythanside
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:58 PM

'Pennies From Heaven'.

'Golden Pennies'.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Ythanside
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:58 PM

'Ding Dong Dollar'.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 05:21 PM

Digitrad has 715--just on a search for the word "money" . I didn't check for "cash", "dollar", "dime", "nickle", "penny", or any of the other plausibilities.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SIDE BY SIDE (Harry Woods)
From: sian, west wales
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 05:29 PM

Yep - we sure do need some relief from the fiscal gloom. This is an old standard:

Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money,
Maybe we're ragged and funny,
But we'll travel along
Singing a song
Side by side.

Don't know what's coming tomorrow,
Maybe it's trouble and sorrow,
But we'll travel the road
Sharing our load
Side by side.

Thro' all kinds of weather,
What if the sky should fall?
Just as long as we're together
It doesn't matter at all.

When they've all had their quarrels and parted
We'll be the same as we started,
Just trav'ling a long
Singing a song
Side by side.

Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money,
Maybe we're ragged and funny,
But we'll travel along
Singing a song
Side by side.

sian


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE AUCTIONEER (Leroy Van Dyke)
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 06:02 PM

Well right boys, open the gates and let 'em walk right i-in

Well there was a boy in Arkansas who wouldn't listen to his Ma
When she told him that he should go to schoo-ool
He'd sneak away in the afternoon, take a little walk and pretty soon
You'd find him at the local auction barn
He'd stand and listen carefully and pretty soon he began to see
How the auctioneer could talk so rapidly
Well it's me oh my, it's do or die, I've just got to learn that auction cry
Gonna make my mark and be an auctioneer

Twenty-five dollar bid, now who will give me thirty dollar
Will you make it thirty dollar, give me thirty dollar
Oh who will give me a thirty dollar bi-id
Got a thirty dollar bid, now who will make it thirty-five
Will you give me thirty five, make it thirty-five
Oh who will give me a thirty-five dollar bi-id

That stockman only did his best, all to see he couldn't get
He practiced calling it both night and day-ay
Half the time he's behind the barn workin' up an awful roar
As he tried to imitate the auctioneer
And his pap said, son, we just can't stand to have a mediocre man
Selling things at auction using our good name
So pack you off to auction school and there you'll be nobody's fool
And you can take your place among the fame

Thirty-five dollar bid, now who will give me forty dollar
Will you give me forty dollar, make it forty dollar
Oh who will give me a forty dollar bi-id
Got a forty dollar bid, now who will give me forty-five
Will you give me forty-five, make it forty-five
Oh who will give me a forty-five dollar bi-id

Well from that boy that went to school there came a man who played it cool
He came back home a full fledged auctioneer-eer
And the people

(all the lyrics I can find just stop here)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Amos
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 07:16 PM

I believe the second verse is:

"As time went on he did his best,
and all could see he didn't jest,
He practiced calling bids both night and day.
His pap would find him behind the barn,
just working up an awful storm,
As he tried to imitate the auctioneer."

The missing couplets from the third verse are:

And the people came from miles around,
just to hear him make that rhythmic sound
That filled their hearts with such a happy cheer.
Now his fame spread out from shore to shore,
He had all he could do and more,
He had to buy a plane to get around!
Now he's the tops in all the land,
Let's pause and give that man a hand
He's the best hillbilly auctioneer!


(I've sung this song since a talent show in 6th grade, as I recall. My first country song.)

A


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 07:38 PM

Thanks, Amos!


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Subject: Lyr Add: MONEY SONG (from Monty Python)
From: GUEST,Nicholas Waller
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 07:57 PM

Thre's Monty Python's Money Song - pre-Euro:

I've got,
Ninety thousand pounds in my pyjamas,
I've got forty thousand French francs in my fridge,

I've got lots of lovely lire,
Now the Deutschmark's getting dearer,
And my dollar bills would buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

There is nothing quite as wonderful money,
There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash,
Some people say it's folly,
But I'd rather have the lolly,
With money you can ma-ake a splash.

There is nothing quite as wonderful as money
(money money money)
There is nothing like a newly minted pound
(money money, money)

Everyone must hanker for the butchness of a banker
It's accountancy that makes the world go 'round
(round round round)

You can keep your Marxist ways
For it's only just a phase
For it's money makes the world go round
(money money money money money money money
money money)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 08:16 PM


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 09:38 PM

Tom Lehrer's circa 1970 song about the upcoming conversion of British Sterling currency to decimal currency. To appreciate this, Americans and UK citizens below 40 should understand that up until 1970, four farthings equalled a penny, 12 pence equalled a shilling, 5 shillings equalled a crown, 4 crowns equalled a pound, and 21 shillings equalled a guinea. Also, note that in the intro of this video, David Frost mispronounces Lehrer's name, which rhymes with "bearer".

Decimalisation

Searchable on youtube using keywords "Tom Lehrer Decimal".

[Lyrics]


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WANT MY MONEY BACK (Saffire)
From: Barbara
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 09:52 PM

Not sure this is 'bout MONEY 'zackly, but...


I WANT MY MONEY BACK
(Saffire)

1. When we first met, you were such a prize.
I tried on your loving; it was just my size,
And when we hugged, it was a perfect fit,
Like a static cling on a nylon knit.
You were custom made, not off the rack.
Now somethin's shrunk and I want my money back.

2. You had delicate kisses and a permanent press.
We rolled and we tumbled and we never got dressed,
But then the Tide went out, the dirt was left behind,
And I started losin' one sock at a time.
You guaranteed no shrinkin', no runnin', but in fact,
Your stuff is faded and I want my money back.

CHORUS: I want my money back; I want my money back.
Your love is shrunken, baby; that's a fact.
I want my money back; I want my money back.
Your love has faded; better clean up your act.
Your discount lovin' was straight off the rack.
I want, I want, I want, I want my money back.

BRIDGE: You got me in hot water and hung me out to dry.
You took me to the cleaners; you rinsed me in the fire.
Your fast spinning action and wrinkle-free lies
Left a bleached-out lovin' that's no longer my size.

3. When I love again, I'll examine the label:
One hundred percent pure, natural, and able
To start my cycle, yes, gentle and warm,
Or separate by hand to make it last real long.
Quality can't be found on an off-the-wall mod rack.
Exchange this discount lovin' and get my money back.

BREAK, BRIDGE, CHORUS, last line :
I want my, I want my, I want my, my money back!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MONEY CROP (Malvina Reynolds)
From: Barbara
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 09:54 PM

And then there's this one. Both are in the DT.
Blessings,
Barbara

THE MONEY CROP
(Malvina Reynolds)

Oh, money has its own way, and money has to grow,
It grows on human blood and bone, as any child will know:
It's iron stuff, and paper stuff, with no life of its own,
And so it takes its growing sap from human blood and bone.

And many a child goes hungering, because the wage is low,
And men die on the battlefields to make the money grow,
And those who plant the money crop are avid without end,
They plant it in the tenements to make it grow again.

The little that they leave to us, it cannot be a seed,
We spend it on the shoddy clothes and every daily need,
We spend it in an minute, in an hour it is gone
To find its way to grow again on human blood and bone.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 11:30 PM

...Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal.
Brother, can you spare a dime? -- Yip Harburg

...It's mighty strange, without a doubt:
Nobody knows you when you're down and out. --Jimmy Cox

Good businessmen have often said,
Always trim your costs if you're in the red.
Well, come shake hands with an overhead:
I'm in the sidings now.
If your money-tree will bear no fruit,
Never blame the man who tends the root,
But take out your knife to the tender shoot:
I'm in the sidings now. --Cyril Tawney

So ein Mensch braucht zuviel Fressen
Dadurch wird der Mensch teurer,
Um das Fressen to schaffen, brauch man Menschen.
Die Koeche machen das Essen billiger, aber
Die Esser machen es teurer.
Es gibt ueberhaupt zuwenig Menschen.
Was is eigentlich ein Mensch?
Weiss ich, was ein Mensch ist?
Weiss ich, wer da weiss!
Ich weiss nicht, was ein Mensch ist.
Ich kenne nur seinen Preis.

(If a human being needs too much to eat, that makes the human being more expensive. To produce food, one needs human beings. The cooks make food cheaper, but the eaters make it more expensive. There are altogether too few human beings. What, essentially, is a human being? Do I know what a human being is? I know who knows! I don't know what a human being is. I just know its price. -- Bertolt Brecht, "A Song about Goods")

I don't know if Clough's "Spectator ab Extra" has been set to music, but it ought to be:

They may talk all they please about what they call pelf,
And how one ought never to think of one's self,
How the pleasures of thought surpass eating and drinking,--
My pleasure of thought is the pleasure of thinking
How pleasant it is to have money, heigh-ho!
How pleasant it is to have money.
. . .
As for that, pass the bottle, and d--n the expense,
I've seen in observed by a writer of sense,
That the laboring classes could scarce live a day,
If people like us didn't eat, drink, and pay.
So useful it is to have money, heigh-ho!
So useful it is to have money.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOUR CASH AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT TRASH (Miller
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 03:54 AM

Steve Miller's

YOUR CASH AIN@T NOTHING BUT TRASH

Spoken: Your cash ain't nothing but trash (Take 1). Here we go. Yeah, you
may have heart about the gangster of love and the space cowboy, but I'm
gonna whip a cat on you right now who's had more trouble, trials and
tribulations.

One, two, three, hey
Yeah
It's alright
Look here

I was walking down the main track
One night
I met a fine chick
She was built just right

She stopped when I flashed my roll
I told her she could have all of my dough

She turned around and with a frown
She said this ain't no circus
And I don't need a clown

Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
And there ain't no need in your hangin' around

Just to make a hit with that chick
I tried to get a Cadillac right quick
The man at the place he looked so strange
I had 900 bucks and some change

We disagreed
I tried to plead
Well, he said I ain't a chicken
And I don't need your feed

Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Well, baby you're crawling way past your speed

I was walkin' into town in my white bucks
A man with a gun, he said hands up
I tried to get away but too slow
He got me and took all of my dough

I heard him shout
As he cut out
Well you ain't lost nothin'
What you cryin' about

Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
And he took my watch and I passed out

I woke up in the arms of a big cop
Police station
Next stop
Judge swung his fist down
Plunk plunk

$20 fine cause you're drunk
Pick up the dough
And you can go
All I had was a buffalo

Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
Your cash ain't nothin' but trash
But I'm sure gonna get me some more


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: open mike
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 04:09 AM

We ain't got a barrel of money
We may be ragged and funny
But rollin' along
Singing a song
Side by side...(OK. I see this was posted above...)

Two-dollar shoes hurt my feet
Two-dollar shoes hurt my feet
Ten-dollar shoes fits 'em neat
Lord lord
I ain't gonna be treated this-a way
Goin' down the road feeling bad....

Nanci Griffith has a song about
Love at the five and dime....

And in the Red Clay Ramblers' “Hot Buttered Rum” song:

"Dreary Christmas decorations, line the streets
And the filling stations, dime-store Santas can't
Disguise the empty hands the empty eyes..."

Malvina Reynolds song:

Love is like a magic penny,
Hold it and you don't have any
Lend it spend it and you'll have so many
They'll roll all over the floor
Love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away,
You'll end up having more


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD COMPTON STREET BLUES (Al Stewart)
From: GUEST,Nicholas Waller
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 06:43 AM

Al Stewart's "Old Compton Street Blues" is mostly about a wannabe movie starlet who gets sucked downwards has a money angle too:

Oh, your pictures they don't really do you justice, little girl,
For you're careful not to let the camera touch your private world,
And there's just a hint of sadness in your smile through the dark,
As you slip your dress off slowly for the sailor or the clerk,
And it could have been so different, and at times you feel bad,
For you really did have something that the others never had,
And the circle turns and turns and turns so mad, little girl.

Ah, you must have been just fifteen when you made your mind up first
That you'd make it in the movies and you couldn't lose the thirst,
And it took you to the attic where the agent king holds court,
And his courtesans are fully paid-up losers of a sort.
He looks at you and tells you that you just might get the part,
But you don't get things for nothing and he doesn't want your heart,
And the circle turns and turns and turns so mad, little girl.

Mmm, you made it to the silver screen and yet you're not a star,
And advertising corsets didn't get you too far,
But money has its favourites and yours went back to them,
So you modeled in a studio in Greek Street for the rent.
There you met Antonio, your lover from afar,
Who put you on the streets to make the money for his car,
And the circle turns and turns and turns so fast, little girl.

Ah, your pictures they don't really do you justice any more,
For they're crumpled now and faded and were taken long ago,
And that faintly coy expression has now left without a trace.
Ah, there's little of it buried in the ruins of your face.
It could have been so different, and at times you feel bad,
For you really did have something that the others never had,
And the circle turns and turns and turns so mad, little girl.

Oh, the circle turns and turns and turns so sad, little girl.
Oh, the circle turns and turns and it's too bad, little girl.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 08:58 AM

What an eclectic, interesting collection of songs! I love it! Thank you!

{It occurs to me that interesting is probably my favorite word. I suppose I use it too much. But I haven't used eclectic in any thread lately, have I? So there ya go :o).

**
dick greenhaus, re your post of 10 Oct 08 - 05:21 PM that mentions that the Digitrad has 715 songs that can be found just on a search for the word "money" .

Some folks posting here may have checked the digitrad for possibilites, but I haven't.

I think of these "song category threads" as a game. I wonder how many songs {and children's rhymes} I can think of in that category without looking at any resource such as the DigiTrad collection, or Google, or other Mudcat threads. When I think of a song and can't remember its lyrics, then I'll go to the DT or google it, or check Mudcat's archive of threads {which still doesn't have post Mudcat crash threads of-what? two years ago on? so because of that isn't that good a resource for what "old" threads there are, as far as I'm concerned}.

And I'm interested to see what songs other people come up with, partly to learn new songs, but mostly for the joy of reading what I hope will be an interesting {um-there I go again} discussion.

I suppose, given the worldwide financial crisi, it was to be expected that the examples given thus far have been more serious than lighthearted. I'm going to visit the thread whose link that Uncle_DaveO gave on 10 Oct 08 - 01:41 PM just to see how similar the examples are {and therefore the "tone" of the thread is} to this thread.

I'm sure that there are other purposes for and other approaches to these types of threads. But those are mine.

Best wishes,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: oldhippie
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 05:33 PM

Something keeps popping into my head about a song "The Ballad of Forty Dollars" maybe Tom T Hall?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 07:10 PM


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 07:16 PM

I keep trying to insert a long list of songs I've forgotten that explicity mention money, and the system keeps sabotaging me. Good job I'm not paranoid. Next time I'll do it off-line and paste it in.

The Brecht song above is usually known as "Supply and Demand" in English, and was originally done as a duet.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: open mike
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 05:32 AM

Lee Hazlewood wrote the song summer wine

strawberries, cherries and an angel's kiss in spring
my summer wine is really made from all these things
.. and then she gave to me summer wine...

When I woke up the sun was shining in my eyes
My silver spurs were gone my head felt twice its size
She took my silver spurs a dollar and a dime
And left me cravin' for more summer wine


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Rob the Roadie
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 06:08 AM

Considring the state of the world of finance..... yes a very apt topic.

Angie Wright wrote "The Cheshire Set" a very funny song about the "Haves and Havenots and wannabees" It was inspired by two seperate incidents one a TV prog in which a woman in an exclusive dress shop in Deepest Cheshire found on the rack a stunning little number which she loved but when she took it to the sales desk she was told it ONLY cost £80.
She protested "surely you are wrong it must be £800."
! NO £80 was the reply.
Well in that case I dont want it! and she walked out.

The other was when Angie was performing with Anne Taggart as TAGGART AND WRIGHT when thy were introduced as "being from Cheshire where they have real fruit on the table" by the MC. This comment then became part of their act and the lyrics to the song.

Angies other song which gets a lot of attention is "CRY OF THE WORLD" a very serious number which is about mans denial about the affect his greed is having on the planet .

Both songs are on Angie second solo CD Captive Heart.

For more go to
http://www.sky-web.net/taggartandwright/


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 02:54 PM

I would have taken an oath that I had posted this one, but here it is (again):

Dave Van Ronk, in his rendition of "Mama Bought a Chicken", has the verse,

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Woman wants a man but got to
See a dollah fust


Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 03:43 PM

Thanks, Robyn.

That link you posted was to:

http://www.sky-web.net/taggartandwright/

"Anne Taggart and Angie Wright are a Chester based folk duo, steadily building up an excellent reputation as accomplished singers in Cheshire and various parts of England and North Wales. Their close harmonies and relaxed approach have made them popular guests at many folk clubs and festivals ever since they teamed up a few years ago. As well as traditional music, they also include contemporary songs in their repertoire."...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 09:01 PM

There's been a lot of favorite songs mentioned here but I don't think anyone has mentioned the one that my mother still sings at the age of 91:

...You makes love dandy;
You're as sweet as molasses candy,
But tell me, honey, are you makin' any money,
That's what I'd like to know!

This is probably a country-western song from the 1940's but I can't find it.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Joe_F
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 09:13 PM

DaveO: Likewise, in "Hesitation Blues":

The eagle on the dollar says In God We Trust.
When a woman sees a man, she wants to see a dollar fust.
Tell me how long do I have to wait?
Do I get you now, or must I hesitate?

Actually, that whole song belongs here. It starts right out with

Standing on a corner with a dollar in my hand,
Looking for a woman that's looking for a man.

Come to think, just about any song that has sex or love in it is likely to deal with prostitution or marriage, and thus with money. For example, in "The Bold Soldier" we hear

"Hold your hand," said the old man, "Do not be so bold.
You shall have my daughter and a thousand pounds of gold.
"Fight on," said the maiden, "The portion is too small."
"Hold your hand," said the old man, "and you shall have it all".
Fa la la la, etc.

And in "Zehntausend Mann",

Reiter, Reiter, Reiter, we gross is dein Vermoegen?...
Bauer, Bauer, Bauer, zwei Stiefel ohne Sohlen....
Reiter, Reiter, Reiter, so kannst do sie nicht haben....

And in "The Molecatcher",

"I'll make you pay dearly for tilling my ground
And the money it'll cop you no less than ten pound"

"Ten pound," says the young fellow, "That I don't mind
It only works out about tuppence a grind"

Enjoy.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Arkie
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 09:50 PM

Lots of good songs listed which make these sound a little trite: "I Don't Want Your Millions Mister", "If You've Got the Money, Honey I've Got the Time" and "Money, Marbles, and Chalk". I just learned of another song "Moneyland" which has recorded by Del McCoury. I posted what information I had about that in another thread before I spotted this one. It is on a relatively new CD about hard times.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 05:16 AM

MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT) (mentioned earlier) written by Jamie Bradford and Berry Gordy Jnr, and originally recorded by Barrett Strong on the Anna label (1960)- one of the very first issues from what became Tamla Motown.

YOUR CASH AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT TRASH (also mentioned earlier) written by
Jesse Stone (aka Charles Calhoun) and originally recorded by The Clovers (1954) on Atlantic.

Not sure if anyone has mentioned MONEY'S GETTING CHEAPER (aka TIMES ARE GETTING TOUGHER THAN TOUGH):-

Prices getting steeper, money's getting cheaper,
Found myself a woman and I just couldn't keep her.
Times are getting tougher than tough,
Things getting rougher than rough,
Make a bit of money but I just keep spending the stuff.

Went the butcher, asked the butcher for a pound,
Couldn't afford a pork chop when I laid my money down.
(Times etc)

Politicians arguing about the price of meat,
Why don't they cut the prices and let the people eat.
(Times etc)

I can't afford to live, I guess I'll have to try,
Undertakers got a union and it costs too much to die.
(Times etc)


First recording, I think, by Jimmy Witherspoon in 1947, with Jay NcShann band. Jimmy wrote it I think (and recorded it several times over the years), but sometimes credited to "Boyd".

Last Saturday I was singing the song a gig, and added:-

The Dow Jones and FTSE 100 I just don't understand,
Soon I'll be paying my Council Tax in.... Iceland.
(Times etc)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 11:50 AM

I don't think anyone has referred to this one yet:

The first verse of Young Roger, Esquire goes this way:

YOUNG ROGER, ESQUIRE

Young Roger, Esquire came a-courting of late
To a rich farmer's daughter called beautiful Kate
She had large fortune, of jewels and rings
And five thousand pound, and other fine things
Which caus-ed young Roger
For to tell her his mind,
If she would prove constant,
Then he would prove constant,
Both loving and kind.


One of my (thousand?) favorite songs.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 12:36 PM

I want to give a cheer to all those who have posted on this thread.

2 bits
4 bits
6 bits
a dolla
All those for Mudcat
Stand up and holla
YEAH!

**

Btw, what's a "bit"?

**

Special thanks to Dave Illingworth for posting the names of the composers of several songs that had been previously mentioned on this thread.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARE YOU MAKING ANY MONEY (Ramona Davies)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 02:06 PM

Azizi et al-

The correct title of the verse I posted above is "Are You Making Any Money?" and I've posted a set of lyrics on a new thread of that title. Here are those lyrics for those interested here:

Are You Making Any Money
(As sung by Ramona Davies (1933))

You make time, and you make love dandy,
You make swell molasses candy,
But, honey, are you making any money?
That's all I want to know!

You make fun, and you could make trouble,
You make mistakes, say, that goes double,
But, honey, are you making any money?
That's all I want to know!

You make dates and you make trains,
I can get that through my head.
It's a cinch, in a pinch, you could make breakfast,
Even make the bed.

You make good when you make a promise,
No, I'm not a Doubting Thomas,
But, honey, are you making any money?
That's all I want to know!

But, honey, are you making any money?
That's all I want to know!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 06:15 PM

Kander and Ebb have two Money songs from Cabaret - one from the stage version and one from the film version.

E.Y. Harburg and Jule Styne - "Money, Money, Money" from Darling of the Day (1968)

Irving Berlin - Can You Use Any Money Today? from Call Me Madam.

A good tool for finding songs from Broadway, London stage and film by words in the title is: www.castalbumdb.com


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 08:18 PM

If I ever get my hand on a dollar again,
Gonna hold on to it till the eagle grins...

From "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 12:19 AM

Money Makes the World Go Round (I think this is from "Cabaret")

If I Were a Rich Man (from "Fiddler on the Roof")

One Silver Dollar (from "River of No Return")

Goldfinger (from the James Bond film)

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits)

Silver Threads and Golden Needles (sung by Jodie Miller)

Silver and Gold (at least two different songs by this title)

All The Gold In California (Gatlin Brothers)

The Nickel Song (sung by Nana Mouskouri)

Ten Cents a Dance

Oh Dem Golden Slippers

I Found a Million-Dollar Baby (In a Five-and-Ten-Cent Store)

Love at the Five and Dime (Nanci Griffith)

Then there's this one we use to sing when I was in college:

Well, you can throw a Silver Dollar down upon the ground
And it rolls because it's round.
A woman never knows what a good man she's got
Until she turns him down.
Well, listen, listen, listen to me
And I'll make you understand
Just like a silver dollar goes from hand to hand
A woman goes from man to man (right here on Mudcat)*
A woman goes from man to man.



And there's the one ["Playground in My Mind"] that goes:

My name is Michael,
I've got a nickel,
I've got a nickel,
I've got a nickel shiny and new.
I'm gonna give you
All kinds of candy,
That's what I'm gonna do.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 12:21 AM

Or Belafonte's
Matilda, Matilda,
Matilda, she take me money and run Venezuela.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 12:54 AM

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes")

I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister (in DT)

Nine Gold Medals (in DT)

Farewell to the Gold (in DT)

Acapulco Gold (in DT)

A House of Gold (in DT)

Blood and Gold (Romanian song in DT)

The Plain Golden Band (in DT)

There's a Gold Mine in the Sky (in DT)

Pay Me My Money Down (in DT)

God Bless the Child (That's Got His Own)

The Pound a Week Rise

The Man That Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (in DT)

A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week (in DT)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 01:10 AM

Magic Penny (Malvina Reynolds)

Drill, Ye Tarriers ( "Next time payday came around,
Jim Goff a dollar short was found
When he asked what for, came this reply:
"You was docked for the time you was up in the sky.")

Would You Like To Play The Guitar (Carry money home in a jar) / Pat Donahue

Handful of Songs (Jerry Rasmussen - in DT) - "Some may leave money from a lifetime of saving")

Rich Gal, Poor Gal (in DT?)

Night Rider's Lament (in DT) - "Why do you ride for your money? Why do you rope for short pay?"

The Gambler (in DT) - "You never count your money when you're settin' at the table. There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done."

My Sweet Wyoming Home (Staines) (in DT) - several references to "money," "dough," "dime," "entrance fees," etc.

Times Are Gettin' Hard (in DT) - "money's gettin' scarce."

Gilgarra Mountain (Whiskey In The Jar) - "He counted out his money and it made a pretty penny"

Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars (vaudeville-type song by Irving Berlin about a businessman trying to get his son to collect on debts before he passes on). The lyrics and a link are in the forum.

Pop! Goes The Weasel (That's the way the money goes)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PANIC IS ON
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 08:49 AM

One of the best songs from the Depression Era is in the DT, bits of which have been posted above:

PANIC IS ON

What this country is coming to
Some would like to know
If they don't do something bye and bye
The rich will live and the poor will die

Doggone, I mean the panic is on

Can't get work, can't draw no pay,
Things are worse, each day.
Nothing to eat, no place to sleep,
All night long folks are walking the street.

Saw a man this morning, walking down the street,
No shoes on his feet.
You oughta seen the women in their flats,
You could hear'em saying, "What kinda man is that?"

All them landlords done raised the rent,
Folks are badly bent.
Where they gets the dough from, goodness knows,
But if they don't produce it-in the street they go...

Some play numbers, some read your mind,
Rackets of all kinds.
Some trimming corns offa people's feet,
They gotta do something to make ends meet...

Some women selling apples, some selling pie,
Selling gin and rye.
Some are selling socks to support their man,
In fact, some are selling everything they can.

I've pawned clothes, pawned my everything
Pawned my watch and ring.
Pawned my razor but not my gun,
So if luck don't change, there'll be some stealing done.

Old Prohibition's ruined everything,
That's why I must sing.
Here's one thing I want you all to hear:
'Til they bring back light wine, gin and beer,
Doggone-the panic will be on.

I wonder what its origins are?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 09:19 AM

Genie, and Charley-you two rock!

I appreciate the time and effort that you two and other posters have put into adding relevant titles & lyrics to this thread.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 09:48 AM

Somewhat off-topic but not really:

I conducted an internet search to find out what "bit" means in the context of money.

The 6th definition for "bit" as found on http://www.answers.com/topic/bit is "Informal. An amount equal to one eighth of a dollar: two bits."

**

See this discussion about the source of the term "two bits":

"Does anyone know where the expression "two bit" meaning a quarter comes from?

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker; From dollhaus
In the early days of the US, there was not enough US coinage to go around. Foreign coins were used, one of the most common being the Spanish Real (Spanish dollar), equal to $1US. To get small change, this coin was often cut into 8 pieces like a pizza. Cutting into 10 would fit the US system better, but there was no easy way to get 10 equal pieces - but easy to cut into fourths and then eighths.

Each 1/8 of a Spanish dollar was called a bit and was equal to 12-1/2 cents. Two of them equaled 25 cents - or a quarter.
So two bits has been a quarter since the early days of the US"

**

Here's another response to that question from that same article:

"It's a saying from the 1930's. "Shave and a haircut two bits" .
Earlier it was of Spanish origin. They had coins called bits and two bits were 25 cents."
-Debra B

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070515190053AA9cr0H

-snip-

I had forgotten about that "Shave and a haircut two bits" line until I read it in that response. The "shave and a haircut two bits" refers to a pattin juba rhythmic pattern that has became known as the Bo Diddley beat. But, still, I think that line merits inclusion on this thread since, in this context, "bits" means money.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 09:54 AM

I meant to provide a hyperlink to the phrase pattin juba.

Here's a hyperlink to that phrase's wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juba_dance


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Subject: Lyr Add: I AIN'T BROKE BUT I'M BADLY BENT
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 12:43 PM

Azizi-

Your query about "two bits" is also related to "pieces of eight" from the days when pirates plundered the Spanish Main (wherever that might be!).

The phrase "I'm not broke but I'm badly bent" appears to occur in more than one song besides "The Panic Is On" as posted above. Here's a case in point:

I Ain't Broke but I'm Badly Bent
(Anon. from 1930's)

I'm a going back to the country
I can't pay that rent
No I'm not completely broke
But, brother, I'm badly bent;
I can't understand where my money went
But I ain't broke, just badly bent

When I get back to the country
I'll be living in a tent
Ma and Pa will surely be mad
'Bout all the money I spent
I can't understand just where it went
But I ain't broke, just badly bent

Well I had a lot of money
But to the city I went
I met too many good looking girls
And that's where my money went,
And now I know just where it went
I ain't broke but I'm badly bent

I can't understand where my money went
But I ain't broke but, brother, I'm badly bent.


Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHERE MY MONEY GOES
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 02:21 PM

Charley, the line in that song "And that's where my money went" caused a song to pop into my head that I learned decades ago in junior high school music class:

That's where my money goes
To buy my baby's clothes
I buy her everything
to keep her in style.
She's worth her weight in gold
My lovely la-a-dy.
Hey, boys, that's where my money goes.

-snip-

I don't know the name or the composer of this song. When I tried to search for it online, I found this song:

THAT'S WHERE MY MONEY GOES

Recorded by: Webb Pierce; Mel Tillis.


Oh boy that's where my money goes
I've got a gal in Monroeville she won't dance but her sister will
Oh boy that's where my money goes
And I've got a gal out in Florida she won't swing but the show will sway
Oh boy that's where my money goes
Work my fingers to the bone so I can take more dollars home
Workin' over time at the mill turn the pay for my baby's bills
My gal wears fancy clothes red tall shoes and rolldown hose
Oh boy that's where my money goes

[ trumpet ]

My gal drives a limousine and you know who buys the gasoline
Oh boy that's where my money goes
My gal lives like a movie star pink champaigne and caviar
Oh boy that's where my money goes
Work my fingers to the bone...
Oh boy that's where my money goes

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/thatswheremymoneygoesvarious.shtml

-snip-

I'm not sure if that song and the one I remember are related. I guess it's possible that my music teacher changed some of the words to that song so that the song would be more suitable for pre-teenagers. Does anyone know either of these songs, and do you think the one I remember comes from the other song?

And, for what it's worth, there's a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that is named "Monroeville". But I'm not sure if that's the Monroeville that is mentioned in that song, as there probably are a lot of Monroevilles in the USA.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 03:08 PM

Four Pence a Day (trad)
Four Pounds a Day (Ian Campbell Folk Group parody of above)
The Face on the Dime (Harold Rome tribute to FDR in 1946 in Call Me Mister)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 08:17 PM

Or,
"My Gal's A Corker,
She's a new Yorker.
I buy her everything to keep her in style.
She's got a pair of hips
Just like two battleships,
Gee, boys, that's where my money goes.

etc.


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: I'D RATHER MAKE A REVOLUTION
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 08:50 PM

Here's one from an old Michigan buddy:

Lyrics by Paul Emery of Lansing, Michigan, circa 1980
Second verse & minor word changes by Charlie Ipcar in 1995
Tune: after "Alice's Restaurant"

I'D RATHER MAKE A REVOLUTION

(C)Well, I went down to see my shrink;
She said, "(F)Boy, have you got (C) any money?"
I said, "I've got Black & Blue Cross Insurance
And, (D) sure, I can chip in the other five (G7)dollars."
She said, "(C)Son, I know what's wrong with you;
You don't (F)appreciate the privileged position you was (C)born to –
White, male, (A)middle class, American,
You (D) ain't got no (G)reason to (C) holler."

Chorus:

(C)But I said, "I'd rather make a revolution
        Than (F) fifty dollars an (C) hour;
I'd rather make a good woman smile
        Than to (D)have her address me as 'Your (G7)Honor;'
I'd (C) rather sing a song with my friends
        Than to (F) sell a lot of life in-(C) surance;
Instead of becoming (A) Master of the World
        I (D) guess I'll just be- (G) come a (C) nuisance."


"Get your pad, nurse," the doctor said,
"I think this boy's insane.
Evil spirits have infused
The soft spots in his brain;
He's obviously insecure;
I bet he sucks his thumb;
He's a no good, rotten, un-pa-tri-ot-ic;
Bearded, Commie, bum."

Chorus:

But I said, "I'd rather make a revolution
        Than fifty dollars an hour;
I'd rather make a good woman smile
        Than to have her address me as 'Your Honor';
I'd rather sing a song with my friends
        Than to raise a lot of campaign dollars
Instead of becoming Master of the World
        I guess I'll just pick and holler ."


Well, gather 'round, friends, and listen to me
And I'll give you a tip on the level;
The trouble I've always had with success
Is – I get bored in the middle;
I start out fine; got my eye on the line;
Got my nose right down to the grindstone;
But it ain't long 'fore I'm singin' this song
And the chorus goes something like this:

Chorus:

I'd rather make a revolution
        Than fifty dollars an hour;
I'd rather make a good woman smile
        Than to have her address me as 'Your Honor';
I'd rather sing a song with my friends
        Than to sell a lot of vinyl siding;
Instead of becoming Master of the World
        I guess I'll just keep on idling.


Well, I joined that great march for Peace and Justice
But I sure hated to give up the goodies;
I took a bold step forward –
And a wistful look back;
But where I come from you knew which side you was on,
And the side I was on turned out to be wrong;
And the side that was wrong turned out to be right;
I'd rather not switch, let's fight!

Chorus:

I'd rather make a revolution
        Than fifty dollars an hour;
I'd rather make a good woman smile
        Than to have her address me as 'Your Honor';
I'd rather sing a song with my friends
        Than to sell a lot of Dot-Com syndications;
Instead of becoming Master of the World
        I guess I'll just try meditation.


Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 11:43 PM

How about Roger Miller's "King of the Road" - with lyrics like:

"Trailers for sale or rent,
Rooms to let, fifty cents.
...

I'm a man of means by no means ... "

And of course, "I don't pay no union dues ... "


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Rob The Roadie
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 07:31 AM

OOPS thanks for adding the "R" it does help .

I should also say that Anne and Angie are far from being "cheshire ladies" some would even go as far as saying far from being ladies...... Anne is a Liverpulian of Lithuanian extraction and Angie is Anglo Irish, Born a Cockney, and married to a Scot!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 11:43 AM

A Dollar Down (early single from the Limeliters, not on any of their early albums, only on compilations.

I've Got Five Dollars (Rodgers and Hart)

The Andrews Sisters' Rum and Coca-Cola has a line about the Yankee Dollar, iirc


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:03 PM

Ken Brock, thanks for adding those three songs to this list.

In your post you referred to the song "Rum and Coca-Cola" as "the Andrew Sisters'". Though this point is tangential to this thread, I want to take this opportunity to correct the "record" about that song's composers.

Here's an excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum_and_Coca-Cola:

"Rum and Coca-Cola" is the title of a popular calypso. Originally composed by Lord Invader and Lionel Belasco, it was copyrighted in the United States by entertainer Morey Amsterdam and became a huge hit in 1945 for the Andrews Sisters, spending ten weeks at the top of Billboard's U.S. Pop Singles chart.[1]

Although the song was published in the United States with Amsterdam listed as the lyricist and Jeri Sullavan and Paul Baron as musical composers, the melody had been previously published as the work of Trinidadian calypso composer Lionel Belasco on a song titled "L'Année Passée," which was in turn based on a folksong from Martinique.[2] The original lyrics to "Rum and Coca-Cola" were written by Rupert Grant, another calypso musician from Trinidad who went by the stage name of Lord Invader.[3] (The true credits for music and lyrics were restored in a plagiarism lawsuit won by famous attorney Louis Nizer, the account of which can be read in his book, "My Life in Court.")"...

-snip-

Btw, the line in that song that refers to money is 'both mother and daughter workin for the Yankee dollar".
v


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:30 PM

Ken, I usually let someone else have the 100th post. However, I'm posting this note to assure you that I wasn't trying to do a "gotcha" action regarding your last post. It's just that that I feel very strongly about what happened with that song.

I want to assure you that I have no ire for you or for anyone else on this forum. Indeed, instead of feeling ire, for the most part, I feel rather irie* about Mudcat.

Best wishes,

Azizi


*"Irie refers to positive emotions or feelings, or anything that is good. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations"

-snip-

For those who may be interested, additional Rastafarian words are found on irie


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:32 PM

Correction, that link should be:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafarian_vocabulary


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Subject: Lyr Add: OUT OF YOUR POCKET + A DOLLAR AIN'T A ...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:37 PM

Here's a couple more from my draft housing songbook:

Words and music by Bryant C. French
Cleveland People's Songs © 1947

Out of Your Pocket

When I go buy some groceries,
I shell out lots of dough;
Oh, won't somebody tell me,
Please, where does the money go?
I never get a taste of meat.
And, boy, I'm getting bored,
'Cause every single chop and steak's
The one I can't afford.

Chorus:

Out of your pocket, out of your pocket,
Oh, where does the money go?
It goes into the pocket, into the pocket,
Into the pocket of the guys who've got the dough!


My rent is high, my cash is low,
And I'm caught in between;
My landlord drives the longest,
Fastest car you ever seen;
My walls are thin, my carpets too,
My ceilings are like sieves,
But you should see the lovely mansion,
Where my landlord lives. (CHO)

It doesn't seem quite fair to me
That I should dig so deep,
To pay a guy who makes a half
A million in his sleep;
I even can't afford a beer,
For me it's pretty high,
Because I'm paying off my boss'
Fancy scotch and rye. (CHO)

They tell me it's monopolies
Own everything I see;
So I'll be on the market soon,
'Cause they own most of me;
And after they have processed me,
And wrapped me up so nice,
They'll sell me right back to myself
At some God-awful price. (CHO)


Words and music by Tom Glazer © 1946
Adapted by Johanna Halbeisen & Cambridge Ad Hoc Political Chorus, 1976
Tune of chorus: traditional The Old Gray Mare

A Dollar Ain't a Dollar

I was feeling kind of hungry so I thought I'd buy some bread,
And I went into the corner grocery store,
I took out the usual money, but the grocer shook his head,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

Chorus:

Oh, a dollar bill don't buy what it used to,
Don't buy what it used to, don't buy what it used to;
No, a dollar bill don't buy what it used to,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.


Now I live in a rooming house, my room is awful small,
As a matter of fact, it's only two by four;
Then the landlord raised the rent, and now I'm living in the wall,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore. (CHO)

Well, I'm living here in Cambridge where the rents are mighty steep,
And the landlord comes a-knocking at my door;
He says, "To pay my taxes, I have to raise your rent."
But we ain't gonna pay him anymore.

I'm sitting in the kitchen scraping lead paint off the wall,
When I hear another knock upon the door;
"To maintain my high-rise profits, I will raise your rent again."
But we ain't gonna pay him anymore.

The rent board had decided long before we aired our woes,
That the landlords have to keep their pockets full;
They don't care if ours are empty or if the house is cold,
We ain't gonna pay them anymore.

Now we all are organizing in our buildings, on our blocks,
To fight this rent increase that they've imposed;
And when we get together and collectively say "NO!"
We can tell the landlords where to go.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:37 PM

I knew the Andrews Sisters were not authors of R & CC, only performers, but was not aware of the lawsuit. Thanks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LANDLORD AND TENANT (Sydney Carter)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:39 PM

Oh, here's another classic:

Words and arrangement by Sydney Carter
© 1963 by Sydney Bron Music Co.
Tune: traditional Talking Blues

Landlord and Tenant

I kept my money in an old tin chest
Till I saw a poster and it said invest;
If you want a bank that'll never go bust
Put your money in the Blue Chip Trust –
We welcome the small investor,
Every man a capitalist.

So I wrote to the Blue Chip right away,
And back came a letter the following day:
"Four per cent in every quid,
If you invest it." So I did –
And I sat back,
Waiting for the dividend.

They came all right, those chips were blue,
But along came a letter from the landlord too:
"Your rent is going up," it said,
"Two pounds a week." Well, I saw red –
I wrote a letter.

To Tentacle Ltd. (that was the name),
I wrote damn quick and said it was a shame;
But Tentacle said, "Well, don't blame us;
We only act for the Blue Chip Trust –
They own the property,
We only collect the rent!"

To Blue Chip, ECI, I went
To ask them why they were putting up the rent;
A young man said, "Well, it distressed us,
But we must think of our investors." –
"I do!" I said.

To pay myself four percent,
It seems I've got to raise my rent;
I can't afford the rent and so
I told myself I've got to go –
A small percentage of me,
Has never had it – so good!

This song certainly explains how the market system operates!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:41 PM

The Sherman Brothers' Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) and Fidelity Fiduciary Bank (concerning compound interest) from Mary Poppins.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:48 PM

"He Tossed A Coin" (Bock & Harnick) from The Rothschilds (1970)
"Golden Dreams" from The Stingiest Man in Town (Scrooge) 1956 TV
7 and a Half Cents from Pajama Game (Adler and Ross)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 12:58 PM

How could I forget one of the best songs about corruption:

"Little Tin Box" from Fiorello! (Bock and Harnick, 1958)

"Try Me" from She Loves Me (Bock and Harnick, 1963) concerns making change from an imaginary purchase.

Then there's their "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler On the Roof.

"Little Egypt" by Leiber and Stoller, recorded by The Coasters has the narrative involving "one thin dime 1/10 of a dollar". This is also quoted by The Beach Boys, I think in Amusement Parks USA.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: bankley
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 03:58 PM

Money Honey'... Elvis Presley, Ry Cooder

'Satisfied Mind'... Porter Wagoner

'Hey Good Lookin'... Hank Williams

'My Name Is Morgan, but It Ain't J.P.' ..Erik Frandsen

and of course the album title by Mothers of Invention
"We're Only in it for the Money" (spoof on Sgt. Pepper)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 04:12 PM

This is such a rich treasure trove of songs!

Thanks all!

**

I can't resist adding a YouTube link to one of my favorite songs listed on this thread that's performed by one of my favorite vocalists: "God Bless The Child":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IYTx60s07A
"Billie Holiday & Count Basie - "God Bless The Child" [along with "Now Baby Or Never"]- 1952


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 04:28 PM

"Boy For Sale" from OLIVER! (Lionel Bart, circa 1960) and maybe also "Who Will Buy?"

Music, Music, Music, a hit for Teresa Brewer (put another nickel in, in that nickelodeon).


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,JHW in the library
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 12:55 PM

Arthur McBride and many others offering the King's Shilling and such?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 05:51 PM

"Walking With My Baby Down By The San Francisco Bay" ["San Francisco Bay Blues"]- has the lyric:
"Ain't got a nickel, ain't got a lousy dime ...


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF YOU HAD ALL THE WORLD AND ITS GOLD
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 08:47 PM

Lovely old parlor song we've been barbershopping:

If You Had All the World And Its Gold

I was wishing that I had the riches to buy,
All my dreams as I sat by the fire.
What a life I would live, what could riches not give,
What more could a heart desire?
When my poor little mother drew close to my side,
"There are some things, my child, you can't buy," she replied:

You can't buy your sunshine at twilight,
You can't buy the moonlight at dawn.
You can't buy your youth when you're growing old,
Nor the life when the heartbeat is gone.
You can't buy your way into heaven,
Though wealth may hold power untold.
And when you lose your mother, you can't buy another,
If you had all the world and its gold.

Mother's eyes beam on me, in their depths I can see,
Light of love far more precious than gold;
Silver threads in her hair, and her brow lined with care,
Tell me she is growing old.
Then I see that the teardrops are dimming her eyes,
As she smiles through her tears, I can't help realize:

You can't buy the sunshine at twilight,
You can't buy the moonlight at dawn.
You can't buy your youth when you're growing old,
Nor the life when the heartbeat is gone.
You can't buy your way into heaven,
Though wealth may hold power untold.
And when you lose your mother, you can't buy another,
If you had all the world and its gold.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 11:12 AM

money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Jack Campin
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 11:43 AM

Shame fa' the gear and the blathrie o't

(As Scottish tunes go it's rather unusual - only one part).


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: reggie miles
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 10:04 PM

I seem to keep writing songs about this subject, maybe because in this, our economic down turn, I'm finding that there are plenty of folks that ain't got enough and can't figure out how to get more. I just finished one called, "It Takes Money To Make Money, Honey". I also recently finished, "Too Little Money, Not Enough Time".

I enjoy playing Willie McTell's "Last Dime Blues" and my friend Robert 'OneMan' Johnson's, "Hundred Dollar Women", "I Want To Be In A Barroom", "What Got Wrong With You?" as well as Willie Dixon's "Dead Presidents", all of which have references to money in them.

My songs:
"Ace in the Hole"
"Wall Street Bail Out Blues"
"Handsful o' Blues"
"Duct and Cover"
"Cold Cold Wind"
"Chasin' the American Dream"
"Do You Know the Way to Macrame?"
"F-R-E-E"
"How I Scraped My Knuckle"
"I'll Do Anything to Make a Buck"
"Pepper Jelly Lady"
"Sometimes That Bear Bites You"
"That's More Like It"
"Stuck in Gridlock Again"
"The Devil"
"Wanted Used Car"
"You Can Be a Street Musician"
"Why" and probably a few others that I can't think of just now, all contain references to the word money or various denominations of currency.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BUSINESS (Guillevic/Seeger)
From: mark gregory
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 09:30 PM

Business
    A poem by Guillevic
    Tune by Pete Seeger©1963 Stormking Music Inc.

    Two million bushels of North African grain
    Resold to Germany for Swiss francs
    Paid for by a consortium of banks
    With a deal in futures that the Stock Exchange
    Unloads for coffee from Brazilian uplands
    Destined for Paris, Before the whole deal sinks
    The checks written in indelible inks
    Outrace Atlantic's winter hurricanes

    At last the coffee arrives, also the wheat
    Needless to say, the deal was a success
    Who can deny that all of us have gained?
    Our benefactors? Three trusts. They compete
    For honor, glory, power and of course,
    Profits, where all happiness is contained

    Notes

It comes from "Love Song of the Resistance", a poem by the Breton poet Eugene Guillevic. Translated by Walter Lowenfels and set to music by Pete Seeger it holds up well as a wry comment on what is these days called "globalisation"


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Subject: Lyr Add: A PENNY A KISS, A PENNY A HUG (Care/Kaye)
From: Bert
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 01:41 AM

A PENNY A KISS, A PENNY A HUG
Words and music by Buddy Kaye and Ralph Care, ©1950.
As recorded by Eddy Howard & His Orchestra, ca. 1950.

CHORUS 1: A penny a kiss, a penny a hug.
We're gonna save our pennies in a big brown jug.
A penny a kiss, a penny a hug.
Oh, how rich we're gonna be!

1. I'm gonna save a penny ev'ry time I hold you tight,
And we're gonna watch the pennies grow.
I'm gonna save a penny ev'ry time we kiss goodnight,
And, darlin', when we're married, we can own a bungalow. CHORUS 1

2. I'm gonna save a penny ev'ry time we take a walk,
Add another on a rainy day.
I'm gonna save a penny ev'ry time we baby-talk,
And, darlin', when we're married, we can furnish right away.

CHORUS 2: A table, a chair, a lamp and a rug,
We're gonna save our pennies in a big brown jug.
A penny a kiss, a penny a hug.
Oh, how rich we're gonna be!

3. I'm gonna save a penny ev'ry time I think of you,
Right from mornin' till I say my prayers.
I'm gonna save a penny for the dreamin' that we do,
And, darlin', by the time we're married, we'll be millionaires.

[INSTRUMENTAL CHORUS]

4. I'm gonna save a penny when we're cuddled in a clinch
Closer than a quarter after three.
With all the savin' that we do, it's practic'lly a cinch
That ev'ryone in town will think we own a money tree. CHORUS 1

[Also recorded by Tony Martin & Dinah Shore; The Andrews Sisters, Lou Dinning & Tennessee Ernie Ford.]


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Boho
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 02:09 AM

Laziest Girl in Town, Cole Porter:

I'm more than willing to learn how these girls got so much extra money to burn,
But every little offer I get, I just turn
It down


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Boho
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 02:16 AM

"Why Don't You Do Right (Like Some Other Men Do)?", Joe McCoy:

You had plenty money, 1922
You let other women make a fool of you
Why don't you do right? like some other men do
Get out of here and get me some money too.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: mark gregory
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 02:30 AM

I used to know a song that went

Old man what you gonna do
When the banks go bust and there ain't no dough
....
....
and we're rolling to a new world now

Chorus
and we're rolling to a new world now
and we're rolling to a new world now

anyone got the rest?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: alanabit
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 04:31 AM

The Jolly Banker by Woody Guthrie. This one is really topical right now!

Turn Your Money Green, by Furry Lewis, which is in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 06:28 PM

Someone mentioned "A Dollar Ain't a Dollar Any More". I have that on an Oscar Brand recording, on which there is also "Ninety Cents Butter".

And there's "Five and a zack".

But not many pre-20th-century songs have been mentioned so far. How about these?

In my pocket I'd one penny.

The versions of Geordie/Georgie where the heroine collects donations.

Sir Patrick Spens, where the Norwegian lords complain about the Scotsmen "our gold they spend right free", and Sir Patrick points out the amount of silver and gold that he has brought to Norway.

The Outlandish Knight, who demands that his victim bring him her parents' money.

The Collier Laddie, where the girl's father eventually relents and "counted out five hundred pounds".

I wish pay Friday would come (spelling standardised, as I claim no competence in Geordie orthography).

Richard


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: lompocan
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 03:15 PM

"Everybody's Going for the money,
Thinking it makes the world go round.
But this old world keeps turning round and round
When we're dead and buried in the ground."

That is the chorus for Spider John Koerner's "Everybody's Going for the Money"

Anyone have the lyrics? It is my favorite "money song".


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Subject: Lyr Add: PRETTY PENNY (Steve Tilston)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 03:29 PM

A PRETTY PENNY
Steve Tilston

There's some men in this city
who are paid a pretty penny
Just for guessing where the money flows.
Certain handshakes, knowing smiles,
in this city mile.

That's the way you know the bonus grows.
We should be so lucky,
they're such plucky fellows,
Only right they pluck the sweetest plums.
If we don't knock such wisdom,
Rock the boat or rock the system,
If we're good, we'll get to pick the crumbs.
And behind their hedge
They don't plant wheat,
They don't cut corn,
They don't pick tea,
They don't dig coal,
They don't forge steel,
They just push numbers all about,
They push too far we bail them out,
Keep their fingers firm on fortune's wheel.

Steve Tilston


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Joe_F
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 08:45 PM

Eleven-Cent Cotton, Forty-Cent Meat

*

I don't know if Clough's "Spectator ab Extra" has ever been set to music, but it might well be:

They may talk all they like about what they call pelf,
And how one ought never to think of oneself,
How the pleasures of thought surpass eating and drinking --
_My_ pleasure of thought is the pleasure of thinking
How pleasant it is to have money, heigh-ho!
How pleasant it is to have money!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: mg
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 09:03 PM

Various songs about taking the "King's Shilling"
Wee bawbee in "Coulter's Candy"
Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon ["Music! Music! Music!"]
Robbed me of silver she robbed me of gold..."Maid on the Shore"
Spent all me in with the lassies drinking gin..."All for Me Grog"


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Subject: Lyr Add: FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY (The O'Jays)
From: Neil D
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 01:55 AM

The O'Jays are one of the great R&B groups (Rock&Roll HoF inductees, 2005). The entire original lineup went to Canton McKinley High School fifteen years ahead of me so they've always been personal favorites. When it came to melding social consciousness with the most kickin' funk, nobody did it like the O'Jays.

For the Love of Money

Money money money money, MONEY
Money money money money, MONEY
Money money money money, MONEY
Money money money money, MONEY
Money money money money, MONEY
Money money money money, MONEY

Some people got to have it
Hey, Hey, Hey - some people really need it

Hey, listen to me, y'all do thangs, do thangs, do thangs - bad thangs with it
Well, you wanna do thangs, do thangs, do thangs - good thangs with it - yeah

Un Huh, talkin' bout cash money, money

Talkin' bout cash money - dollar bills y'all - come on, now

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

For the love of money
People will steal from their mother

For the love of money
People will rob their own brother

For the love of money
People can't even walk the streets
Because they'll never know who in the world they're gonna beat
For that mean, oh mean, mean green

Almighty Dollar!

Cash Money

For the love of money
People will lie, rob, they will cheat

For the love of money
People don't care who they hurt or beat

For the love of money
A woman will sell her precious body

For a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight
Oh, that mean, mean, mean, mean, mean green

Almighty Dollar!

Talkin' bout, talkin' bout - cash

I know that money is the root of all evil
Do funny things to some people

Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime
Money can drive some people out of their minds

For the love of money
No good, no good, no good

For the love of money
Don't sell ya soul for the money - no, no

For the love of money
Lay down, lay down - women will

Money is the root of all evil
Do funny things to some people

Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime
Money can drive some people out of their minds

For the love of money
Got to have it - I really need it

For the love of money
Give it up, give it up, give it up - yeah

For the love of money
Got to have it - some people really need it

For the love of money
Give me, give me, give me - cash money

For the love of money
I need - I need

For the love of money
Keep me, keep me, keep me - happy

For the love of money
For the love of money
How many days have I heard ya say

For the love of money
Don't let it, don't let it - don't let money rule ya

For the love of money
How many days have I heard ya say

For the love of money
Don't let it, don't let it - don't let it, don't let money fool you, no

For the love of money
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

For the love of money
Got to have it - I really need it

Don't do it - don't do it

Brother - save ya soul - save ya soul - don't sell it
For that mean, mean, mean, mean green

People, don't let money, don't let money change you

Almighty Dollar!

I keep ah tellin' you
People, don't let money, don't let money change you

Almighty Dollar!

Um, 'cause it'll keep on changing - yeah- changing up your mind

It'll keep on - it'll keep on - changing - yeah - changing up your mind

I'm tellin' y'all
People, don't let money, don't let money change you

Almighty Dollar!

I keep ah tellin' y'all
People, don't let money, don't let money change you

Almighty Dollar!

Yeah - 'cause it'll keep on changing - yeah - changing up your mind

It'll keep on changing - yeah - changing up your mind

I'm tellin' y'all
People, don't let money, don't let money change you

Almighty Dollar!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: mg
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 02:41 AM

When I was young and had no sense I bought a fiddle (whistle?) for 15 (18?) pence.."So Early in the Morning"

If I rap and I call and I pay for all the money is all my own -- "The Maid of the Sweet Brown Knowe"

I have a wealth of gold and shoes of bright green leather..."I Know Where I'm Going"


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Subject: Lyr Add: EASY TERMS (Don Henderson)
From: mark gregory
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 02:20 AM

Easy Terms

A Song by Don Henderson©1958 Don Henderson

Just when you were thinking how living costs have soared;
the basics all seem luxuries which you cannot afford;
a smooth tongued credit manager convinces you, you can,
when you've heard the merits of his easy purchase plan.

Chorus
But easy terms aren't easy when you haven't a razoo.
Low interest doesn't mean a thing when the payment's overdue.
No deposit won't change the fact, when the bailiffs are all through,
that you don't own a single thing, the loan company owns you.

Maybe a little reckless, you go on a spending spree.
Everything you've ever wanted, for the asking, on H.P.
Is the good life now yours to enjoy or were you sold a pup,
as you're working nights and weekends just to keep the payments up.

Then one day you lose your job and very soon you find
a letter in the mail to say your account's a month behind.
Then comes a final notice, backed up by threats galore,
from burly debt collectors who keep pounding at your door.

No, your car won't be as shiny and your clothes won't be as flash,
but you got the best terms in the world, if the terms were strictly cash.
The moral of this story, is one you should remember;
your mother won't forget you, son, nor will your money lender.

Listen online at http://unionsong.com/u626.html

Bill Berry and Tom Flood recorded this version during the GFC (Global Finacial Crisis)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Peter Woodruff
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 10:13 PM

"Turn Your Money Green" by Eric Von Schmidt.
Tom Rush did this tune on his "Take a Little Walk With Me" album and later CD.

"Moneyland" by Del McCoury Band from their "Moneyland CD. Good music
for this 21st century depression.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 11:25 AM

A current thread about the skipping rhyme "Eggs A Penny Each" thread.cfm?threadid=124129&messages=11#2739493 reminded me of this category thread about money.

**

Here's a children's handclap, movement rhyme that mentions money:

SHIMMY SHIMMY CHINA

Shimmy, Shimmy China,
I know karate.
Shimmy Shimmy China,
Oops! I'm so sorry.
Shimmy Shimmy China
Sittin on a fence
trying to make a dollar
outa 85 cents *
She missed **
She missed
She missed like this, like this, like this.
-Shan (12 years & Shala 9 years; Black Females) and their brother Shep (8 years Black male); Pittsburgh PA; collected by Azizi Powell,
10/1998



* This is sometimes given as 65 cents
**Boys say "he missed".


"Shimmy Shimmy China" is a lightly competitive handclap, movement game. I have also observed other African American girls & boys from around ages 6-12 (in Pittsburgh and several of its surrounding communities) performing this rhyme. Although it's been my experience that most boys appear not to like performing handclap rhymes after age 6 years old or so, they may be more willing to do "competitive" handclap games like this one, and like Stella Ella Ola and Quack Diddly Oso

Like almost all handclap rhymes, the chanting for "Shimmy Shimmy China" is in unison. I've observed the handclap routine done standing in one place with partners facing each other; with 3 people standing in a triangle formation; with four people (two sets of partners facing each other; or with more than 4 people, standing in a circle.

When performed as a partner game, players stand in front of each other and one player turns one palm up towards the ceiling and the other palm down towards the floor. The other partner turns the opposite palms up and down. Each strikes the other's palms. With three or more players, the players hold on palm up and one palm down and strike the palms of the persons standing next to him or her on both sides. In all of these formations (including the circle formation), players do rhythmical "scissors jumps" on beat to the chanted words "she (or he) missed like this, like this, like this.
"Scissor jumps" is my phrase for what I've heard referred to as "jumping criss cross"-jumps are made by crossing one foot in front of the other foot.

In this "Shimmy Shimmy China" 'game', if a player's right foot is not in front of the left foot after the last jump, he or she is "out". The object of the game is to be the last player still in the game.

**

"Shimmy Shimmy China" is very closely related to the rhyme "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" which also has the lines "...sittin' on the fence/tryin to make a dollar outa 15 cents (although the 15 cents is usually increased to 65 or 85 cents). "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" probably got its name from the title of the 1964 children's book bChitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car written by Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitty_Chitty_Bang_Bang

I don't think that a lot of children who participated in my game song groups were familiar with that magical talking, flying, floating car. If they did recognize that name, they're probably were more likely to know it from the Disney movie (A Broadway musical was based on the book before movie). But (no pun intended), I think some children changed the title of that rhyme because it sounds too much like excrement.

**

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is based on the racialized children's rhyme "Ching Chong Chinaman". And that's all I'm gonna say about that rhyme-but no I will say this. In a study I'm doing now, I've found that rhymes taunting Chinese people are more numerous online than rhymes taunting any other race, ethnicity, or nationality. And usually these rhymes are posted without comment from anyone else about how it's not nice to insult and ridicule people because of their race, ethnicity, nationality etc etc etc.

So I unequivocally say that now.

**

Returning to the rhyme "Shimmy Shimmy China", for what it's worth, children performing that rhyme didn't do any "shimmy" dance motions. And the children (including these siblings) who participated in my after-school/summer game song groups didn't know what the word "shimmy" means.

Also, I don't think that the children that I've heard chanting "Shimmy Shimmy China" connect the word "China" with the Asian nation. Since at least the 1990s, I've met a few African American girls who have the personal name "China". I get the impression that the children I've observed chanting this rhyme think it's a girl named "China" who is sittin' on the fence, tryin to make a dollar out of 85 cents."

**

For what it's worth, I think those "sittin' on a fence" lines are about hustling ("making money by doing something slightly shady)http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hustle

"Shady" used in that definition means "illegitimate. underhanded. dishonorable. corrupt. sneaky" http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shady


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 06:31 AM

Glad my "Eggs a Penny Each" skipping chant got you going again, Azizi.

Some amazing omissions above [unless I've missed them]:

"Sing a Song of Sixpence";
"I've Got Sixpence" [tho ref'd to by Tom Lehrer in his decimal song];
"Three Coins in the Fountain";
"Money Can't Buy Me Love" [Beatles];
"We're in The Money" [Al Dubin & Harry Warren];
"One Meat Ball" ["...looked the menu thru & thru To see what 15 cents would do"];
"There Was a Crooked Man" [who "found a crooked sixpence beside a crooked stile"];
"Hot Cross Buns" ["one a penny, 2 a penny"]

— and true traditional songs in DigiTrad:

"Banks of Green Willow" ["Go fetch me some of your father's gold & some of your mother's money"];
"Wraggle Taggle Gypsies";
"Silver Dagger"[?];
"Banks of Sacramento" ["Plenty of gold so I've been told"]

Phew! Enuff awready!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 07:44 AM

... except for 2 I forgot — Any Old Iron ['wouldn't give you tuppence for your old watch-chain'];

& of course 'The days of old, when we dug out the gold, in The Days of Forty-Nine.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Michelin Man
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:07 AM

I am currently between Banks and waiting for my funds being transferred from my old Bank Account to my new Bank Account so I thought a good song on this thread would be -

"I who have nothing"


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:21 AM

Thanks MtheGM and GUEST,Michelin Man for your examples.

**

MtheGM, I take it "d" means "pence" as in "Sing a Song of 6d".

Is that right?


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Subject: Lyr Add; THE MONEY SONG (from Monty Python)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:29 AM

The Money Song
   

I've got ninety thousand pounds in my pyjamas,
I've got forty thousand french francs in my fridge.
I've got lost of lovely lire,
Now the Deutschemark's getting dearer,
And my dollar bills would buy the Brooklyn Bridge.
Chorus: There is nothing quite as wonderful as money,
There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash.
Some people say it's folly,
But I'd rather have the lolly,
With money you can ma-ake a splash.
Finale: There is nothing quite wonderful as money,
(money,money,money,mon
ey)
There is nothing like a newly minted pound,
(money,money,money,money)
All: Everyone must hanker for the butchness of a banker,
It's accountancy that makes the world go round.
(round,round,round)
You can keep your Marx
ist ways
For it's only just a phase.
For it's money money money makes the world go round.
(money,money,money,money
money,money,money,money
moneeeeeeeeeeeyyyy)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: RamblinStu
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:49 AM

The old memory bank has just come up with this song about money, to my shame I cannot remember who wrote these words but I do like them and hope you do too


Chorus
All I ask is the chance to prove
Money won't make me happy

V1
Just give me a sniff
And we will see if
It makes any difference to me

Chorus
All I ask is the chance to prove
Money won't make me happy

V2
So give me a chance
In the south of France
Would that be pants lets see?

Chorus
All I ask is the chance to prove
Money won't make me happy

Middle eight
The love of money
Is the root of all evil
If only I had some to love
But money is awful
Its dirty it's filthy,
But that's ok I'll wear gloves

Chorus
All I ask is the chance to prove
Money won't make me happy


Now I can't remember the rest, any one else know????


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM

Yes, Azizi: d was the abbreviation for pence [from Latin 'denarii', I learned at school] until we went decimal in 1971, when it became p. For one of my age d still comes naturally; & of course all the songs in which I have used d are much older than our present decimal currency.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:18 PM

"Because, Just Because"


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 03:06 AM

Folk songs aren't about money...at least since the 60's....


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DOUGHNUT SONG
From: battlekittyspastica
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 02:09 AM

The Doughnut Song

Well I ran around the corner
and I ran around the block
and I ran right in to a doughnut shop (oof!)

Well I picked up a doughnut
and I wiped off the grease
and I handed the lady a 5 cent piece

She looked at the nickel and she looked at me
and she said this money isn't good you see
there's a hole in the middle and it goes right through
and I said there's a hole in you're doughnut too!

Thanks for the doughnut,
Toodle-oo!

This video isn't very good, but it gives an idea of the tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4CZZ8R3hpg


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 01:26 PM

Thanks to all who have posted to this thread...because, just because.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 06:04 PM

This may or may not be an accurate transcription of part of a song I heard many years ago.

Put your money in the bank.
Find it there tomorrow.
But put your honey in the bank,
And all you'll get is sorrow.

One or the other, one or the other,
Either love or money.
You'll never be a millionaire.
You're far too fond of honey.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 07:09 PM

Has anyone mentioned "Penny Lane" yet !!!???

Art


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: Booklynrose
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:47 PM

Fun reading the songs people have posted. I was thinking of "House of Gold." Someone mentioned it about halfway down the thread. Still, when you're trying to get by on a budget the words, "What good are gold and silver too, if your heart's not pure and true?" really resonate.
Right now my favorite is the verse from "Mole in the Ground" "Tempe wants a nine dollar shawl, (repeat), When I come round the hill with that forty dollar bill, it's baby where you been so long."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Money
From: maple_leaf_boy
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 08:25 PM

A song about money: "Busted". I think it was written by Harlan Howard, and recorded by Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, and by Ray Charles.


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