"Nickels and Dimes" as written by and Jon Wickersham Michael Ness....
I'm a Condillac tramp at the end of his road
a swap meet rat who's sitting on gold, yeah baby
I'm a guitar gangster without a tune
I'm the baseball bat that's waiting to swing
Your loan shark friend with the broken knees
I'm a penthouse pauper with nothing to do

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm chasing nickles and dimes
The rest of the world passes me by
Nah, Nah, Nah, I'm just wasting my time
I'm just sitting here and wondering why?

I'm the high rolling creep that's in too deep
with the slicked back hair and the silver teeth, yeah baby
I'm a vagabond king with a stolen crown
I'm a jailhouse poet, a genius, a fool
I'm the pimp who lost his cool, yeah baby
I've got first class taste in a second class town

I'm a loaded gun that pointed at the mirror
A drugstore cowboy whose end is near, yeah baby
I'm a big time schemer with broken down dreams
I'm a derelict rebel without a ocause
I ain't the cat with the sharpest claws, no baby
Cause sometimes life just ain't what it seems.


And just like you, I'm wondering why.

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"Nickels and Dimes" as written by Jon Wickersham Michael Ness

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    General Commentits about being a the end of the road, or having something accomplished, but now you're just down & out.

    If you notice all the lines that start with "I'm a" he says one thing, then makes it redundant by saying another.

    by "chasing nickels and dimes" it means its like chasing nothing, its worthless, and he's wondering why he is doing it.

    the end.
    bullet4youon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI lurrrve this song. It's just so fun to listen to and sing along with.

    "I'm a jailhouse poet, a genius, a fool" reminds me of my dad.

    Oh, and I love the line "I've got first class taste in a second class town".
    _justlikeheavenon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, though, I'm not entirely sure what it means.

    I got a correction for the lyrics, its not "I'm a beggin' for a king with a stolen crown"

    It is, "I'm a vagabond king with a stolen crown."
    punkforjesuson May 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the little things in life and not caring about what happens in the rest of the world and wishin that you could do better but not caring enough to do anything about it
    RAPSUX!!on June 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just about living life, trying to enjoy yourself, the little things, rockin', just throwing up your hands when life gets confusing and saying "fuck it".

    Hope they play this at Roseland this year.
    Tig45on October 14, 2012   Link

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