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Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week

 

Traditional

 

First recorded in 1931 by The Arkansas Woodchopper

also recorded by The New Lost City Ramblers

 

A friend of mine bought a radio,
For a dollar down and a dollar a week;
Says he, It's the easiest trap I know,
A dollar down and a dollar a week.

So he bought a rug and a fountain pen,
A run-about car out here and then
A set of the lives of the famous men
For a dollar down and a dollar a week.

Then he bought a suit and a hat and shoes
For a dollar down and a dollar a week,
Joined the lodge and paid his dues,
Was a dollar down and a dollar a week.

And he bought a ring that was fair to see
For the lily-white hand of his bride-to-be;
When he got married, the minister's fee
Was a dollar down and a dollar a week,

When the baby came, the doctor got
A dollar down and a dollar a week,
My friend he clothed and fed that tot
With a dollar down and a dollar a week.

At last said his wife, "I must be free,
These weekly payments are ruining me
She got a divorce and the alimony
Was a dollar down and a dollar a week.

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