“Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week”


Singer describes all the things his friend has bought on credit, including clothes, car, marriage, and a child; finally the man's wife, saying "these weekly payments are killing me," divorces him, and the alimony is a dollar down, a dollar a week.


And this was before Visa cards even existed.... - RBW

Cross references


  • Arkansas Woodchopper [pseud. for Luther Ossenbrink], "A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week" (Conqueror 7887, 1931)
  • Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston, "A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week" (on Struggle2)


  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 79, "Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CSW079


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (recording, Arkansas Woodchopper)
Found in: US(SE)