SONGS

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WE’RE IN THE MONEY 

/ NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT

Colleen Rennison

Our final Warren/Dubin song, given ragtime treatment on two acoustic guitars, lacks Ginger Rogers dressed as a gold-lamé coin, as she sang it in Busby Berkeley’s The Golddiggers of 1935. Jimmy Cox’s 1923 “Nobody Knows You” accurately predicted the post-Gatsby hangover and has, sadly, never fallen out of fashion. On the second rune, rising star Colleen Rennison—joined by The Sojourners and a full New Orleans battyalion of horns, evokes Bessie Smith, who made this the song of 1929, just Wall Street laid an egg. She would have dug that crazy sousaphone!

Lyrics

 

Once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spending my money, I didn't care
I carried my friends out for a good time
Bying bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low
I didn't have a friend, and no place to go
So if I ever get my hand on a dollar again
I'm gonna hold on to it till them eagle's green

Nobody knows you when you down and out
In my pocket not one penny
And my friends I haven't any
But If I ever get on my feet again
Then I'll meet my long lost friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you down and out
When you down and out

Paul Pigat
Brad Muirhead
Ken Eisner  
(photo LiliVC)