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Billion Metal Dollars

from Phase Transition by Glen Raphael

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Since 2005, the US has minted over a billion dollars in Presidential dollar coins and Sacajawea dollar coins that nobody wants. It cost over $300 million to make the coins, and they're all just stacking up in a warehouse somewhere. To think about all these unloved and unused coins makes me sad, and inspired a song. (Original source: an NPR story that aired June 28, 2011 )


We're broke, no clout, pockets all turned out
And 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
Best intentions rarely turn out well
So stay with me and dance, and 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.


from Phase Transition, released October 21, 2013




Glen Raphael New York, New York

Glen Raphael is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who performs songs on such nerdy and diverse topics as quantum physics, bedbugs, and the Statue of Liberty's mid-life crisis. Glen has won Best Original Song awards at NCSA events and is the current organizer of the New York City Folk Music Meetup. ... more

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