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A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore, song lyrics

Song: A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore
Lyrics: Tom Glazer(2)

Music: Tom Glazer
Year: 1944(1)
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


I was feeling kinda 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 hill don't buy what it used to,
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

Oh, the cost of living's rising, rising higher than a kite,
And they tell me that it's gonna rise some more.
And they're gonna freeze our wages 'til we get that old frostbite
And a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.
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(CHORUS)

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

(CHORUS)

Here's a lesson in arithmetics: now one and one make two
And it is true that two and two make four.
But when the prices get higher, why, arithmetic's a liar
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.
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(CHORUS)

From the tree that grows in Brooklyn to the Gulf of Mexico,
From Florida out to the western shore
We'll take Congress by the collar, "Roll those prices back!" we'll holler
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

(CHORUS)

Now it you wanna learn a lesson; if you really wanna know,
If you wanna solve your problems by the score,
Fight your economic battles with the good old C.I.O.(3)
'Cause a dollar ain't a dollar anymore.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - Lyrics as recorded by "the Union Boys", Asch Studios, New York, NY, Mar 11, 1944 (ASCH 346-2B).

2 - Tom Glazer information on Wikipedia.

3 - Congress of Industrial Organizations was a federation of labor unions.

4 - The Union Boys were comprised of: Tom Glazer, Burl Ives, Alan Lomax, Walter 'Brownie' McGhee, Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, Josh White