If you gave me a nickel to mend my ways, well, then I'd have a nickel.
And I reckon I'd probably owe you change.
I don't have a care.
I don't have a plan.
I got nothin' to spare.
And it's just the way I am.

If you gave me your two cents on how to live my life, well, then I'd have 2¢.
And a great big pile of bad advice.
I don't doubt your mind or ability; I just highly doubt that you know what's right for me.

You say I'm "stubborn as a mule, boy," 'cause you've got words I just won't hear.
I may seem stubborn as a mule.
Boy, but if wealth is measured by the ease you do just what you please, then I'm the richest man in here.

You say to save my pennies for a rainy day, but I can't buy beer with pennies I've gone and stashed away.
That rainy day might be when I'm dead, so I'd rather spend them now on beer instead.
If you bet me a dollar that I am wrong, I'd take your dollar and I'd put it in the jukebox for this song.
Then I'd sit on back and pretend to hear your nagging words while I finish up my beer.

You say I'm "stubborn as a mule, boy," 'cause you've got words I just won't hear.
I may seem stubborn as a mule.
Boy, but if wealth is measured by the ease you do just what you please, then I'm the richest man in here.

You got the things you need, and that's all right for you.
You got your cubicle and your three piece suit.
You got security, and hypertension too.
And you got that tie that fits you like a noose.

Bet your bottom dollar that the buck stops here, 'cause if you meet me in another 40 years, I'll still be broke.
And I may be old, but the life I've lived would've been worth more than gold.

You say I'm "stubborn as a mule, boy," 'cause you've got words I just won't hear.
I may seem stubborn as a mule.
Boy, but if wealth is measured by the ease you do just what you please, then I'm the richest man in here.


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