How To Be Rich

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Written 2002 in 3/4 time, revised in 2006 as a fingerpicker in 4/4.
Chorus is from a quote by Ralph Nader.

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This is the plan, no matter your means
To manage your money, junk bonds or beans
Whether you're clever or challenged or dense
This is how to be rich

Don't buy what you don't want
Don't buy what you don't need
Don't burn your money
And don't buy things that don't work.

Think of the best things that credit can buy
Then climb up the ladder, reach for your prize
You'll find that there's always another rung higher
And two-ton gorillas to fight

Don't buy what you don't want
Don't buy what you don't need
Don't drink your money
And don't buy things that don't work.

Tell all those salesmen just what's on your mind
Ask why raw sugar cost more than refined
Guard every dime like a thief behind bars
And you'll keep all that is yours

So, don't buy what you don't want
Don't buy what you don't need
Don't smoke your money
And don't buy things that don't work.

The name on your clothes or a late-year Mercedes
Won't get you to Heaven or damn you to Hades
But what you hold dear may all become clear
When your final picture appears in the paper
And everyone's happier with your estate than with you

This is the plan, no matter your means
Don't count on money, just live out your dreams
Count up your blessings in peace and content
And this is how to be rich

Don't buy what you don't want
Don't buy what you don't need
Don't love your money...
And don't buy things that don't work.

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from Single Wry Female, released February 9, 2014
©2006 L. Quick (BMI)

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Lee Quick Los Angeles, California

Lee Quick is a teacher, singer-songwriter-guitarist, ex-Army bassoonist, and Katrina refugee with a penchant for guitar songs.

Louisiana-born and classically trained, Lee writes in varied acoustic, folk and country styles, minimally self-produced.

For lessons on guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, and songwriting, visit the link below for my TakeLessons profile.
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