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Ten Thousand Dollars

Gimme $10,000 I said to the banker's son
Gimme 5 more months I'm bonna bullet a number one
I need.... $10,000 to pay my debt
He said.... $10,000.... I'll take 90%

I owe $9,999 in taxes
Uncle Sam wants to have a little chat, the man never relaxes
I guess.... $10,000 would leave one for me
I get to make one phone call for free

Whoa, oh, oh, give me money
Whoa, oh, oh, give me cash
Whoa, oh, oh, give me money
Whoa, oh, oh, give me cash

Well I really need $10,000, only $10,000
If you see my lawyer better start drawing up the deal
Gimme $10,000 and I'm like the man of steel
I need.... $10,000 to make my day
$10,000.... to free my way

Whoa, oh, oh, give me money
Whoa, oh, oh, give me cash
Whoa, oh, oh, give me money
Whoa, oh, oh, give me cash


Guitars:   Tim McDonald
Bass:   Bobby Vega
Drums:   Burleigh Drummond
Vocals:   Peter Cross and the Crossants
Engineering and Final Mix:   Mark Needham


There's a lot of history behind this simple song. First performed and recorded by the second version of Magic, the song was about how Magic needed a short term loan to get throught the next five months until the new year by which time they fully expected to be enjoying fame and fortune generated by their smash hit record. But they were denied a loan because they had no collateral, so the banker's son who was hanging around the rock band to absorb some of the energy decides to loan them some money but he wants 90% (just like a record company, what a coincidence!). The song was good, and Magic really believed they had a hit, but the recording of the song was not as good as they thought, there was no hit, and the song was shelved. Years later, Peter Cross recorded another version of the song when he first met Timmy. In that version, Timmy played all the instruments and Peter wrote a new double chorus that occurs at the middle and the end of the song. That version also got shelved and died. Peter and Timmy went their separate ways. Many years later (too many to count), Peter rediscovered Timmy's version of the song and decided to rerecord it. Mark Needham suggested using Bobby Vega and Burleigh Drummond for the drum and bass tracks. These are two major pros. Rediscovering this song, "Too Young to be Lonely", and "Sweet Pain" was the traumatic incident that caused Peter Cross to begin writing and recording songs again. Indirectly, the incident also cost Peter his marriage, his children, and his home. Long story, too depressing. $10,000 hardly covers it. $10,000,000 would be more like it, but somehow it doesn't sound as rock and roll when you sing it. What the hell, it's old vintage Peter Cross and it still tastes good.

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