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The new $10 bill ... silenced
Apologies to Simon & Garfunkel ... but Hamilton's new look is a sad song.
September 28, 2005: 1:43 PM EDT

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Alexander Hamilton's image adorns the new $10 bill

Goodbye sawbuck my old friend ...

They're changing currency again ...

Because fake bills are slowly creeping ...

Into our econ-circulation thing.

And the Secret ... Service ... does complain

They can't contain ..

The mounds of phony money.

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In restless dreams I see his face ...

But poor Alex seems out of place ...

He was the man who made the Treasury

Now he looks like a Hallmark pixie

And the background ... is just ... too darn pink

I think it stinks

I want the old green money.

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And in the naked light you'll see ..

This bill's become all shimmery ...

It's like some jester at a royal dance

Or the tissue notes used in Japan and France

And like Jackson, this thing is a mockery ..

Of what bills should be ...

It looks like funny money.

........................

And they did this once before ...

And they say they'll do some more ...

Every year there's a bill changing

More and more it will be confusing

And the day will come when the people just can't tell ...

Oh what the hell.

We won't know what ... is money.

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For the real story on the new $10 bill, click here.

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Allen Wastler, a frustrated poetry major, is Managing Editor of CNNMoney.com and appears on CNN's "In the Money." He can be emailed at wastlerswanderings@cnn.com.  Top of page

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