dollar bill blues

from by peter j hochstedler

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down by the banks of the old saint joe
poor man richard been feeling low
got no plans, nowhere to be
said "the bugs in the dirt got it better than me
good lord
them critters got it better than me"

come old man franklin out for a walk
see poor man richard there sitting on the dock
say "howdy doody my main man mac
you ever get around the reading my almanac?
good lord!
them critters got it better than you

"see time is money and credit is money
and money is more and more money begat
and ain't it funny how family's money
and virtue, honesty, love and all that"

good lord!
them money too
you can sing it happy
but you can't kick the dollar bill blues

word of the lord come to me one day
say "my name mammon, i ain't going away
i created the cows, hens, and the bees
and i'll fuck you up if you don't pray to me,
good lord!
the wreckage i'll wreek if you don't serve me!"

come old man franklin, suit and tie
burger king (TM) crown and a twinklin' eye
growin a goatee, sprouting hooves
them cloven hands write cloven books

good lord!
books's money too!
you can sing it glad
but you can't kick the dollar bill blues

sitting in a gutter in chicago
poor man richard there feeling low
got no plans, nowhere to be
say "the rats in the alley got it better than me,
good lord!
why them critters got it better than me?"

and don't ask the rats about the good lord's way
don't ask the corn all chemical-sprayed
cow in a box, fish in the sea
why the king and his men got it better than me

and the stars--
them critters too!
and the scriptures--
them critters too!

you can sing it happy
but you can't kick the dollar bill blues
you can play it with joy
but you can't kick the dollar bill blues
and you can sing it all you want
but you can't kick the dollar bill blues

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from critters, released October 17, 2010

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