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Thought He'd Ask for a Dollar

from The D​.​G​.​B. EP by Jesse Rivest

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I remember sitting under a tree on a sunny day in Island Bay, circa 2007, and pouring out the majority of this song. Later at home I looked curiously through a world encyclopedia, at places like Luxumbourg and Monaco, while India and Syria were already places that inrtigued me. This was before I had ever heard of any unrest in Syria; in fact it had only been a few years earlier that my friends travelled there and brought back an oud for me to play with.

It was fun watching Dan and Samir in the drum room with Du while they worked out the rhythms of the middle instrumental section. I felt like we were going the extra mile to get it right! You are hearing elements of baião, axé and samba reggae.


Thought He'd Ask Me for a Dollar
© Jesse Rivest, 2010

Are you going to India? he asked
I thought he'd ask me for a dollar

Standing at the airport in a mismatched suit and tie
He's not asking for our money; he's not begging for a ride
He says please can I come with you; would you help me board a plane?
Would you show me to a hotel room in a country far away?

Are you going to Syria? he asked
I thought he'd ask for their spare dimes

He said he's never really travelled—a poor blind man his long life
Now he's fallen into some money and he has a world of time
He wants to smell a different ocean; feel the bark of unknown trees
Get dizzy in foreign tongues and use his own to taste new beers

Are you going to Monaco?


Are you going to... anywhere's fine with me
I won't see it but I just wanna be... just wanna be there!

I thought he'd ask me for a dollar
I thought he'd ask for their spare dimes

I thought he'd ask me for a dollar
I said I can't afford my time

I thought he'd ask me for a dollar
I might go back and change my mind


from The D​.​G​.​B. EP, released April 30, 2020


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Jesse Rivest Kelowna, British Columbia

Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Brasilia, capital of Brazil. Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia.


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