"Dollar Bill" as written by and Lanegan/conner....
Torn like an old dollar bill
Girl let them say what they will
That no one should hurt you
And that's all I seem to do
That no one should desert you
And that's all I seem to do

I got to tell you, goodbye mama
We've taken this too far
Been trying to tell you what's going on
Trying to make it easy on you
Trying to make it better
Make it easier on you
It's all I came to do
It's all I came to do

Now I'm down in the light
And I must be dreaming it
'Cause I see clearly, I see angels here
Bringing something to me, Mother Mercy

I told a lie, I didn't mean it
Goodbye mama, I've taken this too far
Been gone a while
Been gone a long way, oh yeah

I don't want to hurt you
It's all I seem to do
Don't want to desert you
It's all I seem to do

I got to tell you, goodbye mama
I've taken this too far
Been down a while
Been down a long way

Trying to make it easy on you
Trying to make it better
Make it easier on you
It's all I came to do
It's all I came to do
It's all I came to do
That's all, been down a long
Been down a long, long way
Torn like an old dollar bill


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"Dollar Bill" as written by Inga D. Marchand Robert S. Kelly

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, JELLYBEAN MUSIC GROUP, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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    General Commenti love this song! i love this band! i wish more people did, but its nice that they are kindda small.
    jane_sayson May 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah it is really nice that they are small
    flopon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthey are a great band and deserve much more credit than they are given....if they're given any at all :-(
    queenjaneon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwowwww i love this so much.
    im an israeli guy and i heard about screaming trees from a friend.
    and i really like this band. the singer have really great voice, and the music is so beautiful.
    aviadsharonon December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit seems this song is about him being torn between his girlfriend or staying with his mom. he chooses moving away with his girl and he hurts his mom. "goodbye mama, we've taken this too far" "i dont want to hurt ya" lead me to believe its about that. this song holds precious memories for me, not dealing with the lyrics, but just memories of what was going on in my life when i first heard this song.
    Sicmanon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentuhhh sicman, i don't think it's as complicated as you think. He's not sure if he should leave his girl because everyone says he's no good for her, or what he feels in his heart. He eventually caves into the pressure of the crowd. It was probably for the best that he did too :)
    Vozzyon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love his voice. Reminds me of a more mellow eddie vedder. It's kind of weird considering the screaming trees were one of the most influential bands to kurt cobian, yet they weren't really popular. although i do have to say they're music videos could use a little help, actually you know how they say music videos sometimes kill the songs, we'll maybe if they were all erased.
    CaveatEmptoron August 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnoones even gone into the "Dollar Bill" bit yet? I always think of an old hobo (in the old, travelling bum sense, where it was a choice of lifestyle) called bill, old and crumpled from moving about. I also take the goodbye mama bit literally, like he has left his family behind, and doesnt want to hurt them by burdening them with his troubles. Maybe cos i just read Jack Kerouacs "on the road"
    rabidguyon September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmama doesn't mea mother, it's probably his pet name for his girlfriend.
    Eisanon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeems like it's about leaving a girl who's fallen harder for you than you have for her, and being torn about whether it's the right or wrong thing to do.

    He's saying to "let them say what they will/that no one should hurt ya" and then he sings in a lower tone, "that's all I seem to do," and then repeats it with "that no one should desert ya."

    When he says "goodbye mama" he's not talking about his mom; it's like calling someone "baby." Back in the '50's, "mama" was used in a similar fashion... couples would call eachother "mama" and "papa." Things have gotten too serious for him and he's tried to tell her this but she hasn't wanted to hear it, hence "been tryin to tell you what's going on," and now it's getting to the point where he has no choice but to just call it quits.

    And through the rest of the song that becomes obvious. He feels bad because he thought that a quick, easy romance would be a good thing but it's led to more pain.

    Great song.
    tristan_son April 23, 2008   Link

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