"3 Dimes Down" as written by and John Neff Patterson Hood....
It was a straight shot
All it took was luck to not get caught
I laid three dimes down and the machine wanted 25 cents
In the back seat her and a friend,
one out the window and the other on the other end
One belt loop away from Sunday night's news

If the part about being who he was didn't help Tom get loose,
what's a guy without a T. gonna get? Totally screwed,
while chicken wing puke eats the candy apple red off his Corvette
Three dimes down and 25 cents shy of a slice of the Double mint twins
Come back baby, Rock and Roll never forgets


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"3 Dimes Down" as written by John Michael Cooley

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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who needs to buy a condom so he can bang the two girls in the back seat. the "doublemint twins" are the girls in the back seat, not gum! They're drunk, hence the puke for bar wings, and all this Tom guy needs is 25 more cents to get the condom and bang these two and make the Sunday night news. Should have just raw dawged it.
    sputty3204on April 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo.
    Tom T. Hall wrote and performed "A Week in The County Jail." "If the part about being who he was didn't help Tom get loose what's a Guy without a "T" gonna get?"... Week in a County Jail: "That part about me being who I was didn't impress him" talking about the judge in the song.
    MikeLadneron August 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMost of the song makes me think about just reckless living, but I haven't got a clue about what 3 dimes down/25 cents is referencing.
    jesteringon March 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"T" is a Trojan. The dude needed a quarter but only had 3 dimes for a gas station condom machine.

    Thinking back on good ol' days and what might have happened if he only had that damn quarter. Note Bob Seger song reference at end.
    DBT dadon April 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNope. T is a Ford Thunderbird vs a Chevy Corvette. On the website Hood mentioned the song "Week in a Country Jail", a song about a guy who spends a week in jail for speeding through some little backwater town.

    The line "what's a guy without a T gonna get? totally screwed" means without a TBird, you just won't go fast enough to dodge Johnny Law, so he's not gonna be fast enough, the girls leave after puking on the car, and he didn't even get his gum. Damn
    thatonebastardon May 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, poor guy. I would be mad too, if I didn't get gum. I might even write a song....
    ZiggyBuddyon June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, yeah, in all this sarcasm, I forgot to ask: How does the guy have a corvette, AND a T-bird, and still be all frazzled about not getting the gum. If I could choose between 2 sweet rides, and a freaking piece of gum, I say screw the gum! Gimme the cars!
    ZiggyBuddyon June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentT = Trojan

    If Tom being who he was couldn't get out of jail, this guy being who he is with no Trojan ain't gonna get laid. He's totally screwed.

    Shame when you're one belt loop away from Sunday night's news.
    maryaliceon February 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWorking off the hint of Tom T. Hall's "A Week In A County Jail", we have the crime that resulted in the arrest.

    Late on a wild Saturday night, the driver of the candy apple red corvette has 2 girls ("the double mint twins") in the car and is in search of a "T" or Trojan. He probably stopped at a gas station and the machine in the bathroom only took a quarter. The driver only has 3 dimes, which doesn't solve his problem. So he has to drive a straight shot to the next station to get his package because he ain't getting his slice of the twins with out it. While en route to the next station you have one of the double mint twins puking chicken wings out the window and her friend holding on to her by her one belt loop. That is what keeps this incident into turning into a traffic death, hence the Sunday Night news and instead results in the driver's arrest. Bad luck. As for the final line, what else would a rock song be about? Sex drugs and rock n roll.

    This song has a lot of potential but doesn't reach it because its two verses down and one chorus shy.
    Tedvion February 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment No backseat in a Corvette...great song though, DBT is my new favorite band
    Knuckleheadon February 18, 2010   Link

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