"Little Green Bag" as written by Hans Bouwens and Jan Visser. Actually it is Little Greenback, this was misspelled by the record label....
Yeah
Lookin' back on the track for a little green bag
Got to find just a kind or losin' my mind
Outside in the night, outside in the day

Lookin' back on the track gonna do it my way
Outside in the night, outside in the day
Lookin' back on the track gonna do it my way
Lookin' back

Lookin' for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find
Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin' upstairs lookin' behind

Lookin' for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find
Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin' upstairs lookin' behind

Lookin' back on the track for a little green bag
Got to find just a kind or losin' my mind
Outside in the night, outside in the day
Lookin' back on the track gonna do it my way

Lookin' back on the track for a little little green bag
Got to find just a kind or losin' my mind
Lookin' for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find

Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin' upstairs lookin' behind
Lookin' for some happiness
But there is so a loneliness to find

Turn to the left turn to the right
Lookin' upstairs lookin' behind


Lyrics submitted by Nelly, edited by robert_santana

"Little Green Bag" as written by Jan/bouwens Visser

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    Song MeaningI never thought the title “green bag” was correct. It didn’t make any sense. It sounded like he was singing “greenback”, as in money. Not only does it sound like it, and make sense in the movie, it also makes sense in the song and the song’s rhyming scheme. (Back — Track — Bag? Really? Bag doesn’t rhyme with track or back. Close, but no cigar.)
    I did a quick search and found that I was correct, as dedahl pointed out. They are singing “greenback”. From the song’s wiki (not that wiki's are 100% correct)
    “The 7" single debut of the George Baker Selection was released by the label Negram, which misprinted the actual title of the song, which is "Little Green Back (greenback meaning money)and "greenback" is the lyric actually sung. This has caused the song to be misnamed ever since.”
    Now the song makes total sense in the movie. Lookin’ back by the track (tracks denoting danger) for a little greenback. (people do dangerous things for money). What are some of the most common themes about money and happiness? People think money will give them happiness and will do anything to get money. (turn into animals — even killing each other, which is what happens throughout this movie) Who wants to be around a person that is so inhumane, so predatory? That person may have money but ends up very lonely. (as long as I can remember, multimillionaires have had a higher suicide rate than almost any other demographic group, even the homeless) And what are the next lines of the song?:
    Lookin' for some happiness
    But there is only loneliness to find. (hey that sound familiar!)
    Out of sight in the night, out of sight in the day
    and
    Jump to the left, turn to the right (both about running away and hiding, as if you are being chased, like possibly into an abandoned warehouse!)

    Lookin' upstairs, lookin' behind, yeah! (maybe you’re not being chased, maybe you’re paranoid, or maybe the guy next to you, who is greedy enough to help you steal, is actually greedier and will kill to take your share of greenbacks. Or maybe he's a cop!)
    I can see the line, “got to find just the kind or I’m losing my mind” to mean 3 or more different things, I haven’t decided which seems to make more sense.
    Anyway, that’s my analysis and if you don’t agree with me don’t be disheartened, just keep in mind I maybe under the influence of my own little green bag!
    Lyrics2Deepon September 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is equivalent to "Reservoir Dogs" and the genius Tarantino himself! Apparantly, he sits down with his CD collection and goes through the songs which actually construct the storyline of the movies themselves! How's that for cool? Food for thought too... Hehe, bet everyone of us would be going, "Hey, *I* can do that!"
    reblchickon September 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song fits in so well with Reservoir Dogs...
    Mike_Spikeon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah damn straight, i love how well tarantino matches his music to his films. best song to dance to
    Niamon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlol i watched Reservoir Dogs for the 100th time lol (meaning its 1 of my fav movies) last night and now this song is stuck in my head lol. but quentin Tarantino is a genius and he can make anything good. and i believe that this song is about some1 who has lost a little green bag (lol duh).
    Lester_91on February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbout it's meaning, I've always thought it's about a bag of marihuana... think about it... a little green bag.

    The guy is singing to a green bag to help him cope with his loneliness, in the search, looking back on a track, being jumpy (as if being followed, doing something illegal). Add the hippie era context and it makes perfect sense.

    It's a great song, specially for its now unseparable relation to Reservoir Dogs, such a great yet simple movie.

    But, on a couple of side notes, I have to add that here, in my country (Chile) this song was used for an advertising campaign for a realy mediocre TV soap opera, copying the whole Reservoir Dogs walking-titles begining... Machos (Studs) ( imdb.com/title/tt0374415/ ), and 'till this day I'm still fighting my mind from jumping to that shocking memories whenever I hear it. I find myself repeating "Tarantino, Tarantino, Tarantino..."

    And the other side note, an anecdote. The first time I heard this song I swear I thought it was a latin excuse for a singer ( Luis Miguel ) doing some english, actually good song... I was almost killed by my friend when I commented her that this guy was doing his first interesting tune. After that, we looked for some happines and went Pa pa pa pa pa pa ....
    Prometeoon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Torutre you, thats..that's a good idea, I like that"
    bkat004on April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"C'mon, throw in a buck!"

    "Uh-uh, I don't tip"

    "You don't tip? "

    "Nah, I don't believe in it."

    "You don't believe in tipping?"

    "You know what these chicks make? They make sh*t"

    "Don't give me that. She don't make enough money that she can quit"

    "I don't even know a f*cking Jew who'd have the balls to say that. Let me get this straight: you don't ever tip?"

    "I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job"

    "Hey, our girl was nice"

    'She was okay. She wasn't anything special"

    "What's special? Take you in the back and suck your d*ck?"

    "I'd go over twelve percent for that"
    bkat004on April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Are you gonna bark all day little bunny? Or are you gonna bite?"
    Direon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsee the "Reservoir Dogs in 30 seconds reacted by bunnies" very funny.
    Direon May 10, 2006   Link

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