Found a Nickel (Lost a Dime)

Many years ago I saw the 1939 Errol Flynn western Dodge City, in which one of the characters, remarking on another’s misfortune in replacing a better love with a lesser one, said something like, “Found a nickel, lost a quarter.” I dug up that phrase in the spring of 1992 when my wife and I drove down to Nashville, where I changed it to Found a Nickel (Lost a Dime) (since it made for a better rhyme), wrote a country-western tune with that as the title, and recorded it in a cheap little studio there as a novelty. The song wasn’t good, but the title was, so on April 15, 2008, I recycled it with the following lyrics, which were edited by Byon on May 3 to fit one of his songs.

 

Never occurred to him or crossed his mind

Best way forward – the path behind

Thought to trade up, thought a lot of things

Except the curse heartlessness brings

 

The new a looker, felt good on his arm

Stocked with charisma, full on charm

Unknown to him it was her careless fling

Too late – the end of everything

 

He didn’t step so lightly

He didn’t laugh so loud

He didn’t feel so lively

He didn’t feel so proud

Kill two birds with one stone

He can never go back home

Can’t turn back the hands of time

He found a nickel, lost a dime

 

Never occurred to her or crossed her mind

Best way forward – leave him behind

Easy to trade up, easy to bury him

From fertile ground memory dims

 

He didn’t step so lightly

He didn’t laugh so loud

He didn’t feel so lively

He didn’t feel so proud

Kill two birds with one stone

He can never go back home

Can’t turn back the hands of time

He found a nickel, lost a dime

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