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          My dad gave me one dollar bill

          'Cause I'm his smartest son,

          And I swapped it for two shiny quarters

          'Cause two is more than one!

          And then I took the quarters

          And traded them to Lou

          For three times -- I guess he don't know

          That three is more than two!

          Just then, along came old blind Bates

          And just 'cause he can't see

          He gave me four nickles for my three dimes,

          And four is more than three!

          And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs

          Down at the seed-feed store,

          And the fool gave me five pennies for them,

          And five is more than four!

          And then I went and showed my dad,

          And he got red in the cheeks

          And closed his eyes and shook his head--

          Too proud of me to speak!


          Shel Silverstein