Come off the money (= get off the dime?)

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Apr 16 18:53:35 UTC 2002

Here I sit
All broken-hearted
Paid a dime to shit
And only farted.

Makes good sense to me.


>At 9:21 AM -0400 4/16/02, Benjamin Fortson wrote:
>>  > >     Here I sit,
>>>  >     broken-hearted
>>>  >     paid my dime
>>>  >     and only farted
>>Isn't the third line normally "had a shit"?
>"tried to shit".  Your version makes no sense in the context, does
>it?  The "tried to shit" version may well (for all I know) be an
>adaptation that serves to retain this immortal verse for a generation
>postdating the demise of pay toilets.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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