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Posted By: Jim Dixon
24-Sep-15 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: Songs about money ($$$$$$$$$$)
Subject: Lyr Add: A DOLLAR AIN'T A DOLLAR ANYMORE
A DOLLAR AIN'T A DOLLAR ANYMORE
Words and music by Elton Britt, Michael Stoner, and Denver Darling. ©1946.*

I. As sung by Pete Seeger, Tom Glazer, Lee Hays & Hally Wood on "Power to the People: Protest Songs"

1. I was feelin' kind o' hungry so I thought I'd buy some bread.
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.
A dollar bill don't buy what it used to,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

2. 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 my rent, and now I'm living in the wall,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

3. Here's a lesson in arithmetic: now one and one makes two,
And it is true that two and two makes four,
But when the prices get higher, why, arithmetic's a liar,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar any more.

4. From the tree that grows in Brooklyn to the Gulf of Mexico,
From Florida out to the western shore,
We'll grab reaction by the collar; "Fight with P.A.C.**" we'll holler,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

5. So if you want to learn a lesson, if you really want to see,
If you want to solve your problems by the score,
Fight your economic battles with the good old P.A.C.**
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

II. Additional verses sung by Oscar Brand on "Pie in the Sky":

3. Now my coat got worn an' ragged and my shirt began to wilt.
Ev'ry time I moved, my britches tore.
They've been patched so many times now that I look like granny's quilt.
A dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

4. When Friday came I stood on line to get my salary.
The teller laughed until his sides were sore.
"What with dues and fines and taxes you've got nothin' minus three.
A dollar ain't a dollar anymore."


* Composer credits from the Library of Congress Catalog of Copyright Entries. Billboard Magazine indicates that Denver Darling made an early recording of this song. However, I haven't heard that recording and I don't know whether those words correspond to the ones posted here.

** The CIO-PAC, Congress of Industrial Organizations' Political Action Committee, which was active in the presidential and congressional elections of 1946.