"Wooden Nickels" as written by and Mark O. Everett....
Went down by the old courthouse
Stumbling through the streets
Had to get out of the house
Had to use my feet
And you may not think much of me now
But I think so damn much of you

Don't take any wooden nickels
When you sell your soul
A devil of a time awaits you
When the party's over
You're on your own

Trash truck coming up the road
Picking up the trash
Riding to a better place
Hoping we don't crash
Thinking how things
Have turned out
I never would've guessed it
This way

Don't take any wooden nickels
When you sell your soul
A devil of a time awaits you
When the party's over
You're on your own

And you may not think much of me now
But I think so damn much of you

Don't take any wooden nickels
When you sell your soul
A devil of a time awaits you
Now the party's over
I'm on my own


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"Wooden Nickels" as written by Mark O. Everett

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    General CommentI like the double meaning of "much" in the first and third pre-choruses:

    And you may not think [highly] of me now
    But I think so damn [often] of you
    Eamonon April 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCan;t believe this wasn't added earlier one of the best songs on DotG
    carpet_of_doomon June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentindeed, i love it, it is awesome
    christjesuson June 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about going to heaven and rejoicing in your loneliness. GOING TO HEAVEN. BEING DEAD. RIDING TO A BETTER PLACE BUT HOPING WE DON"T CRASH.

    It's about how awesome it's gonna be to die. and about the hope of the hopeless.
    battaryacidon April 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree that its about going to heaven, but i also think its about losing a loved one, but consoling yourself with the thought that they've gone to a better place and don't need to worry. "You may not think much if me, but i think so damn much of you"
    This song is just wonderful.
    Tom_999on June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou never get tired of this song
    SuZaNnEaBeThon September 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI want to add to the other ideas by saying that the lines 'Dont' take any wooden nickels when you sell your soul' could appear to be mean and vindictive, but are actually really sweet, as he wants her to get the full value, should she sell her soul.
    Lukasaon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI haven't figured out if the artist is speaking to someone else, or to himself, separating himself into the dreamer and the practical.

    Either way, the song is about betraying one's values, and that if you're going to do it, you better make damn sure it's worth it. Because at some point, you're going to have to look in the mirror and see what you've done to yourself for that nickel.
    42 stepson July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment42's got it. I love this song! I've sold myself for a fair share of wooden nickels and no just what this song is about. It's great. It's not necessarily about heaven or hell. i don't think the songwriter even believes in that. It's definately about trading your values, integrity, friendships, family, etc for money, fame, sex, power yadayada...and then living to regret it. Ultimately a wooden nickel is worthless as are those aforementioned things. For some reason the song also sounds like a father talking to a son or some other figure that once looked up to the song's main charecter.

    Any way it reads, great song from a great band!
    Mark Vanon August 31, 2006   Link

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