GREENBACK DOLLAR

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  • GREENBACK DOLLAR
    Hoyt Wayne Axton was an American country music singersongwriter, and a film and
    television actor. He became prominent in the early 1960’s, establishing himself as a well-
    known folk singer on the West Coast with a unique earthy style and powerful voice when
    compared to more traditional folk artists. As he matured, many of his songwriting efforts
    became well known throughout the world. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote the
    classic rock n’ roll song Heartbreak Hotel“, which became the first major hit for Elvis
    Presley. Some of Hoyt’s own songs were also later recorded by Elvis. After his discharge
    from the Navy, he began singing folk songs in San Francisco nightclubs. In the early
    1960s he released his first folk album titled The Balladeer (recorded at the legendary
    Troubadour), which included his song “Greenback Dollar”, a 1963 hit for The Kingston
    Trio. Axton released numerous albums well into the 1980s, changing somewhat with the
    times but always retaining an honest, down-home and fairly “country” approach to his
    music.
    Some people say I’m a no-‘count
    Others say I’m no good
    But I’m just a natural-born travelin’ man
    Doin’ what I think I should, oh yeah
    Doin’ what I think I should
    Refrain:
    And I don’t give a damn about a greenback-a dollar
    Spend it fast as I can
    For a wailin’ song and a good guitar
    The only things that I understand, poor boy
    The only things that I understand
    When I was a little baby
    My mama said “Hey son,”
    “Travel where you will and grow to be a man
    and sing what must be sung, poor boy”
    Sing what must be sung
    Refrain
    Now that I’m a grown man
    I’ve traveled here and there
    I’ve learned that a bottle of brandy and a song
    The only ones who ever care, poor boy
    The only ones who ever care
    Refrain
     Some people say I’m a no-‘count
    Others say I’m no good
    But I’m just a natural-born travelin’ man
    Doin’ what I think I should, oh yeah
    Doin’ what I think I should
    Refrain:
    And I don’t give a damn about a greenback-a dollar
    Spend it fast as I can
    For a wailin’ song and a good guitar
    The only things that I understand, poor boy
    The only things that I understand
    The only things that I understand, poor boy
    The only things that I understand