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Thank you to all of you who responded to my request for money songs!
This was a lot of fun and you've given me a lot of great ideas. Thanks!

Here is the compilation:
I wrote a parody of "Here We Come A-Wassailing" when
our church choir needed money, that started with:
Here we come with hands outstretched,
For money, don't you know,
To buy new music for the choir
Whose budget is zero.
CHORUS: Fives and tens, twenties too;
Even little coins will do....
It could easily be customized to whatever group is
doing the begging. Would you like a copy?
Linda Surlak
Three Coins in the fountain
Hey, Big Spender
Money makes the world go around
We're in the Money
There's one really good one:
Money Makes the World Go 'Round from Cabaret
and I think that Easy Street from Annie fits in there as
Emily McDuffee
There's an ABBA song called Money, Money, Money
Paul Olsen, Salem Oregon
I don't even know if these are show tunes, except for the Porgy & Bess
"Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money, maybe we're ragged & funny ..." I
the title is "Side by Side."
"I got plenty of nuthin" from Porgy & Bess -- there must be dozens of
"Pennies from Heaven."
Try depression-era songs.
"I've got sixpence"?
There's a song about money in the Broadway show . Can't offhand
remember the title or lyrics.
Less well known is "The sound of money" from Wholesale>. It was sung by an avaricious couple who made it obvious that
money was their aphrodisiac. Sample lyrics quoted from memory:
The sound of money,
The lovely sound of money.
I find it quite appealing,
A feeling you may share. . . .
What savage splendor,
That native call of legal tender,
As dollars meet in sweet surrender,
And as the romance mounts --
Bank accounts! . . .

And there are always the Depression-era songs "Brother, can you spare a
dime?" and "Nobody knows you when you're down and out."
Nobody knows you when you're down and out
In your pocket, not one penny,
And your friends? Well, you haven't any!
Soon as you get on your feet again,
Everybody is your long-lost friend.
It's mighty strange, without a doubt,
But nobody knows you when you're down and out.

Good luck. Sounds like a fun(ds) concert. ; ^ )
Nick Jones
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
There's a song in BErnstein's Candide about money, that the Cornell Glee
Club used to do. It could probably work for SAB.
David Griggs-Janower
my suggestion is "Money, Money" from the Group "ABBA".
You can buy the arrangement and the copies you need. Please contact me
info(a) .
Otmar Stangl
Composer, Arranger
There is a movie musical with Ethel Merman and Donald O'Connor whose name
escapes me at the moment, in which Ethel Merman sings a song whose
refrain goes something like, "Money, money, money, money, money, money,
money.... you can have mine, all of mine, you can have mine." It also has
a song that's rather nice that begins "I hear singing and there's no one
there" which might help you identify the musical. The title may be "I
wonder why" since Donald O'Connor sings that several times as the
refrain. Ethel Merman sings a counter-melody to it and it's really
delightful. That's all I can remember and probably won't be much help to
you, but take it for what it's worth.
Linda Gingrich
artistic director Issaquah Chorale
"Money Makes the World Go 'Round" from "Cabaret"
"Pennies From Heaven" (don't know if it's from a musical)
"I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a 5 and 10-cent Store" (an old hit
from the 30's/40's era)
"10 Cents a Dance" (It was in the old movie "Love Me or Leave Me" --
Doris Day, Jimmy Cagney)
There's also a song in "Pajama Game" about a 50 cent raise, or
something like that
That's all I can think of at the moment....Good luck on your program.
Ann Kapp Andersen
Kleinholzhausen, Germany
Rodgers and Hart: "Sing for your Supper" from Boys from Syracuse.
is SSA; but probably arranged for SATB.
Andrew Adams
Business Manager, Operations
"Marketplace," NPR's primary business program, has for years played
two songs as background for their stock market summary: "We're in the
Money" (if the market goes up) and "Stormy Weather" (if the markey
goes down. Enough of your audience may listen to the show to make the
connection. JWPepper has choral arrangements of both these songs.
Allen H Simon
Soli Deo Gloria
"Money (Money Money) Makes the World Go Around" from Cabaret?
Good luck! Linda
You might consider "Faulte d'argent" by Josquin des Prez. It can be
in the Harvard Anthology of Music.
Gerald Moore
Lipscomb University
Kirby Shaw has an SATB and SSA arrangement of
Pennies from Heaven - Hal Leonard.
Good luck!
Joyce Bertilson
I don't know of any choral arrangements of it - but a fun piece would be
the '70s ABBA hit "Money, Money, Money" - and probably not too hard to
arrange if you've got a music software program.
Best of luck,
- Joe Smith
Can't recommend published arrangements, because we had a special custom
arrangement of such a medley, but these songs come to mind.

Pennies from Heaven
We're In the Money
Money Makes the World Go Around
If You've Got the Money, Honey, I've Got the Time
We're a Couple of Swells

"Money Makes the World go 'Round" from CABARET
There is a song about an auctioneer..
Janiece Kohler conducts the Halcyon Singers in Washingtonville, NY, who
it years ago..
Pennies from Heaven...
How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
How to Succeed in Business probably has a song or two about money..
Pat Maimone
Post Chapel, West Point, NY
"That's Where My Money Goes" is a cute 2-part mens arrangement which
be used with 2-part treble, but it is really written (text wise) for boys
That's where my money goes, to buy my baby clothes....can't remember the
rest, but it's FUNNY!
Lida Markert
Cuero, TX
There is a song from Cabaret about money, I think it is called: money
the world go around. Have you tried calling a music outlet company like
Pepper? They usually are very helpful.
"That's where my money goes" arr. Leininger/Williams-Wimberly, Alliance
Music Publishers, S(A)T(B)--two-part.
Money Makes the World Go Around from Caberet comes to mind immediately.
There is also the Pink Floyd song entitled Money.
Kurt Sauer
Have you tried to search in Musica database (, or better
having the CD-ROM?)
Just Search for money "in Keywords or WOrds of title"
Add eventually that the language has to be english.
There's a song in my "Eccentricities" for Baritone and piano called
"Money". It would be perfect for that fund raiser occasion, and very
funny. The range allows for the whole choir to sing it in unison. Very
brief (1 minute) and to the point. In fact, you can hear it at I'm attaching a jpeg of the
first of two pages. Let me know if you can use it and we'll work
something out.
John Biggs
There is a great Lyle Lovett song call M-O-N-E-Y. If you find it, it is
probably just unison, but is jazzy and very funny. It is on his album,
Anna Ryan
*We're in the Money* (*42nd Street*) and *Money* (*Cabaret*) come to mind

immediately, but:
I have an SATB piece w/combo (pno, bs, drum kit) entitled *Treasures* on
St. matthew text ("Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth")--it's

tricky, but it's been a major hit everywhere it's been performed. It's
available from Laurendale Publications . I don't
what your angle is for this program, but it may fit!
Hope this helps,
Robert Ross, Artistic Director
Voces Novae et Antiquae
Here is the almost complete song "Money, Money, Money" from the Swedish
Group "ABBA" (world stars in the 70´s).
It´s written for SATB and piano accompaniment. If you are interested I´ll
send you the completed score (only one refrain translation to Bb minor at
the end) an choir scores.
It´s a yery popular song in Europe until today.
I send the song as a PDF file for download (if you make a double click on
the file below). You can open that if Acrobat 4.0 or 5.05 is on your
computer (not 5.0 - it does n´t work!).
If there are problems please send me your fax number - I´ll send it to
you as soon as possible (member: I need the fax number for using from
Germany to USA...).
Otmar Stangl
"Pennies from Heaven"
"Money" (Pink Floyd)
"Summertime Blues" (we don't remember who it's by)
Will send more as I think of them.
Just browsing through SPEBSQUA's list of unpublished arrangements, that
are available to all members for very reasonable fees, I found four songs

that at least touch on the subject: If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on

the Roof) as arranged by Walter Laztko; Money, Money, arranged by Dick
Brother Can You Spare a Dime, arr. by several different folks; and We're
the Money, arr. by Ed. Waesche. You should contact SPEBSQUA (I believe
website is for details. Then there's that old Dean Martin
song, Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket. If you're willing to pay, Walt
would probably write you a customized arrangement. You can call him at
496-3760, in Westchester County, New York, or e-mail him at
Hope this info is helpful.
Scott Gillam
By the way - here's the lyrics to that song - you determine if it's
appropriate for the venue (maybe more appropriate for the girls only to
sing the third section down I'm sure no high school guy in his right mind
would sing it!)
"I work all night, I work all day to pay the bills I have to pay. Ain't
it sad? And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me . .
. that's too bad. In my dreams, I have a plan - if I got me a wealthy man
- I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball. Money
Money Money - must be funny - in the rich man's world - Money Money Money
- always sunny - in the rich man's world.
A man like that is hard to find but I can't get him off my mind - ain't
it sad - and if he happens to be free I'll bet he wouldn't fancy me -
that's too bad. So I must leave, I have to go - to Las Vegas or Monaco -
and win a fortune in a game, my life would never be the same . . . "
(repeat chorus).
Best regards,
- Joe Smith

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on February 13, 2006 10:00pm
We are currently in the midst of preparing a show choir program about money, including: (some already mentioned, I know)
"Money" - Pink floyd
"Big Spender" (from Sweet Charity)
"Easy Street" (from Annie)
"If I Were a Rich Man" (Fiddler)
"Am I Rich Lord" (spiritual)
"We're in the Money" (from Gold Diggers of 1933)
"Money Money" (from Cabaret)

on May 23, 2007 10:00pm
Tomas Jennefelt (Swedish composer): Warning to the Rich (In English)