Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0089


Cover: drawing of an African American male with outfolded pockets saying Wish I Had a Dime; Publisher: Frank K. Root and Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

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Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


First verse
Tell me what it is that makes the world go round money money What is it that talks but doesn't make a sound Money Money You may be crazy you may be lazy But then you'd like to know What is the reason keeps you from freexing Out in the hail and snow I'll explain the reason why I'll tell you sure be fore I die And if you listen yu will hear me cry
Money money money money all the time Money money money wish I had a dime Land lord hollers well I guess it's up to you You will either pay your rent or else Skidoo Money money money hear the people cry Hear it when you're born and until you die What will you do When you haven't a sou it's money money all the time
Second verse
Once a cashier of a bank thought he would like money money With a sackful of Green backs he took a Hike Rummy Dummy And when they caught him my how he fought them But then it was no use He'd spent a plenty the Judge said twenty Years in the calliboos Now he's in a flat that's free The land lord won't say twenty three And ev'ry sunday he will go to church

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Money / music by Wm. F. Braun; words by Walter Stephens



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