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"Dollars and Cents" is the eighth track off of Amnesiac.

BackroundEdit

The eighth track, "Dollars and Cents", was edited down from an eleven-minute jam inspired by krautrock band Can: "That Holger thing of chop-chop-chop, making what seems like drivel into something coherent." Colin Greenwood played a record by jazz musician Alice Coltrane over the recording, inspiring his brother Jonny to write a "Coltrane-style" string arrangement. Yorke said: "The lyrics are gibberish but they come out of ideas I've been fighting with for ages about how people are basically just pixels on a screen, unknowingly serving this higher power which is manipulative and destructive, but we're powerless because we can't name it."

LyricsEdit

There are better things to talk about
Be constructive
Bear witness
We can use
Be constructive
With your blues
Even when it’s only warnings,
Even when you’re talking war games.
Oh why don’t you quiet down?
(Maybe I want peace and honesty)
Why don’t you quiet down?
(Maybe I want to live in the children’s land
And you know maybe, maybe I)
Why don’t you quiet down?
(Maybe I’ll wander the promised land
I want peace and honesty)
Why don’t you quiet down?
(I want to live in the promised land
And maybe wander the children’s land)
Quiet down! (Yeah, and there, there we can free)”
You don’t live in a business world,
You never go out and you never stay in.
We all have goals in a liberal world,
Living in times when I can stand it babe.
It’s all over baby’s crying,
It’s all over baby.
I can see out of here.
All over the planets dead,
all over the planet, so let me out of here.
All over the world.
Oh why don’t you quiet down?
(Maybe I want peace and honesty)
Why don’t you quiet down?
(Maybe I want to live in the children’s land
And you know maybe, maybe I)
Why don’t you quiet down?
(Maybe I’ll wander the promised land
I want peace and honesty)
Why don’t you quiet down?
(I want to live in the promised land
And maybe wander the children’s land)
Quiet down! (Yeah, and there, there we can free)”
We are the dollars & cents
And the pounds and pence
The mark and the yen
We are going to crack your little skulls
We are going to crack your little souls
We are the dollars & cents
And the pounds and pence
And the pounds and pence
We are going to crack your little skulls
We are going to crack your little souls
We are the dollars and cents

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