Glen Raphael - Billion Metal Dollars (Shadow)

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We're broke, no clout, pockets all turned out
Still there's a billion metal dollars in a box
No cloth, no trees
Just brass and manganese
A billion metal dollars in a box

You wonder
How did we get into this position?
Minting more won't keep our bills at bay
men of numismatic disposition tried
to put the coins in play
It didn't pay

So goodbye, see ya
Sacajawea couldn't help you spend
the dollars in the box

And it's hard to know what anybody's thinking
The best intentions rarely turn out well
Stay with me and dance
We'll sing of failed romance
hope that we won't be the coins
They couldn't sell

We're broke, no clout, pockets all turned out
Just like a billion metal dollars in a box

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from SpinTunes #3: Round 2, released June 30, 2011

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