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​Acres Of Diamonds

This song is by Loudon Wainwright III and appears on the album High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2009).

You have a right to be rich - you've got no reason to be poor
You simply must have overlooked what you've been looking for
So step right up, my friends, cross your fingers, close your eyes
And let me introduce you to the poor man's paradise

Acres of diamonds are there for the taking
Shining in the silver lining of a dream that comes true
Over the rainbow, three miles beyond Christmas
Acres of diamonds are waiting for you

My friends, I'm here to tell you love's the grandest thing on earth
You shouldn't worship money, except for all it's worth
'Cause if you take a man in love - give him some spending green
It won't be long 'fore he finds out what do wah ditty means

Acres of diamonds are there for the taking
Shining in the silver lining of a dream that comes true
Over the rainbow, three miles beyond Christmas
Acres of diamonds are waiting for you

Over on the corner in the middle of the block
There's a stairway going nowhere built above a vacant lot
Where money grows on trees watered by a wishing well
This must be heaven - or the Fontainebleau Hotel

Acres of diamonds are there for the taking
Shining in the silver lining of a dream that comes true
Over the rainbow, three miles beyond Christmas
Acres of diamonds are waiting for you

Friends, if you've got the proper amount of determination
You can overcome almost any kind of a physical handicap
Why, I once knew a man that didn't have a tooth in his head
And yet that man learned to play a bass drum better than anybody I ever listened to

Acres of diamonds are there for the taking
Shining in the silver lining of a dream that comes true
Over the rainbow, three miles beyond Christmas
Acres of diamonds are waiting for you

Written by:

Dick Connette