Townes Van Zandt was a singer songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas. His most well known song is "Pancho and Lefty."
Recorded in 1978, in Nashville, this song was featured on Van Zandt's seventh album, Flyin' Shoes. The album was not a commercial success at the time but is now considered one of Van Zandt's best. 'Dollar Bill Blues' is one of the few originals that Van Zandt brought to the recording session. Most of the album was comprised of remakes from the unreleased 7 Come 11 album, which had been held up because of a dispute between Van Zandt's record label and the album's producer, Jack Clement.
If I had a dollar bill Yes, I believe I surely will Go to town and drink my fill Early in the morning Little darling, she's a red haired thing Man, she makes my legs to sing Gonna buy her a diamond ring Early in the morning Mother was a golden girl I slit her throat just to get her pearls Cast myself into a whirl Before a bunch of swine It's a long way down the Harlan road Busted back and a heavy load Won't get through to save my soul Early in the morning I've always been a gambling man I've rolled them bones with either hand Seven is the promised land Early in the morning Whiskey'd be my dying bed Tell me where to lay my head Not with me is all she said Early in the morning If I had a dollar bill Yes, I believe I surely will Go to town and drink my fill Early in the morning