Where Pennies Come From

from by Robin Vining



have you sver seen a strip-mine by moonlight?
it's a beautiful sight
like a giant's escalator to the heavens

and that's where pennies come from, my love
that's where pennies come from, my sweet one

so I'm filling up a jar with that mountain to the stars
gonna trade in my car for a rainbow
and those diamonds on your ring, they're so pretty when they glimmer
you know, they didn't come from Ohio

a ten year old boy first held them alone
dug out from the silt in Sierra Leone
he was shot for stealing an older boy's boots

this town wasn't nothin
until they found somethin
they could pull out from under the soil

there's some beautiful oil fields between here and New Braunfels
on the way to Grandma's house

and you might be mistaken if you thought you were takin'
a little piece of land all to yourself
'cause there's someone up above us watching over, 'cause he loves us
just making sure nothing gets wasted

for the good of you people, and the sake of us nations
make sure you only take what you are rationed

there's no limit to what can be extruded from the earth
the only question is:
"How much is it worth?"

and that's where pennies come from, my love
that's where pennies come from, my sweet one


from Is There Someone For Everyone?, released February 10, 2017
Jon Rauhouse - Steel Guitar



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Robin Vining Phoenix, Arizona

Robin Vining is a composer, songwriter and performer from Phoenix, AZ. He is best known in the music community as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the bands Sweetbleeders, Colorstore, minibosses, Fatigo; and as a collaborator, sideman, and/or session musician with Jimmy Eat World, Jon Rauhouse, and Roar. Robin has also created and performed many works for film, theatre, and dance. ... more


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