These... songs were soundtruck recordings designed to enliven the spirits of and call attention to picketing workers... ["Money in the Pocket" and "Our Fight Is Yours"] were cut in support of a Kearney, New Jersey garment workers strike. "Money in the Pocket" was written by Bob Russell and Carl Sigman. Russell is best known as lyricist on Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."
Money in the pocket is food on the table,
Food on the table is cash in the till.
When the till is loaded the merchant is able
To fill up the counters he has to refill.
Money in the pocket can buy what's required,
Clothes for the kiddies, a dress tor the wife.
Money for the doctor, a show when you're tired
Is living a normal American life.
From the worker to the merchant
The dollar takes a business trip.
Then off to the farmer to buy new equipment
And back to the worker in a salary slip.
Everybody prospers, the butcher, the grocer.
Great is the country and fine is the blend.
Must there be depression? The answer is "No, sir.
Money in the pocket is money to spend."
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