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Songs About Money

maple_leaf_boy 03 Sep 10 - 08:25 PM
Booklynrose 11 Oct 09 - 09:47 PM
Art Thieme 11 Oct 09 - 07:09 PM
Richard Mellish 11 Oct 09 - 06:04 PM
Azizi 11 Oct 09 - 01:26 PM
battlekittyspastica 11 Oct 09 - 02:09 AM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 10 Oct 09 - 03:06 AM
Joe_F 09 Oct 09 - 08:18 PM
MGM·Lion 09 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM
RamblinStu 09 Oct 09 - 08:49 AM
melodeonboy 09 Oct 09 - 08:29 AM
Azizi 09 Oct 09 - 08:21 AM
GUEST,Michelin Man 09 Oct 09 - 08:07 AM
MGM·Lion 09 Oct 09 - 07:44 AM
MGM·Lion 09 Oct 09 - 06:31 AM
Azizi 08 Oct 09 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,Peter Woodruff 23 Apr 09 - 10:13 PM
mark gregory 23 Apr 09 - 02:20 AM
mg 19 Apr 09 - 02:41 AM
Neil D 19 Apr 09 - 01:55 AM
mg 18 Apr 09 - 09:03 PM
Joe_F 18 Apr 09 - 08:45 PM
GUEST 18 Apr 09 - 03:29 PM
lompocan 18 Apr 09 - 03:15 PM
Richard Mellish 17 Apr 09 - 06:28 PM
alanabit 17 Apr 09 - 04:31 AM
mark gregory 17 Apr 09 - 02:30 AM
Boho 17 Apr 09 - 02:16 AM
Boho 17 Apr 09 - 02:09 AM
Bert 17 Apr 09 - 01:41 AM
mark gregory 16 Apr 09 - 09:30 PM
reggie miles 15 Apr 09 - 10:04 PM
Jack Campin 15 Apr 09 - 11:43 AM
GUEST 15 Apr 09 - 11:12 AM
GUEST,pattyClink 16 Oct 08 - 08:47 PM
Genie 16 Oct 08 - 05:51 PM
GUEST,JHW in the library 16 Oct 08 - 12:55 PM
GUEST,Ken Brock 15 Oct 08 - 04:28 PM
Azizi 15 Oct 08 - 04:12 PM
bankley 15 Oct 08 - 03:58 PM
GUEST,Ken Brock 15 Oct 08 - 12:58 PM
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GUEST,Ken Brock 15 Oct 08 - 12:41 PM
Charley Noble 15 Oct 08 - 12:39 PM
GUEST,Ken Brock 15 Oct 08 - 12:37 PM
Charley Noble 15 Oct 08 - 12:37 PM
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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Azizi
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:21 AM

Thanks MtheGM and GUEST,Michelin Man for your examples.

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

Is that right?


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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: 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: 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: 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.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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."

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 11:12 AM

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


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 12:41 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: 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 - 12:37 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: 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: 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: 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 - 12:03 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: 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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