Amazon Vehicles Editors' Picks Amazon Fashion Learn more nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc $5 Albums Fire TV Stick Health, Household and Grocery Back to School Totes Summer-Event-Garden Amazon Cash Back Offer TheKicks TheKicks TheKicks  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 All-New Kindle Oasis AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Shop Now
 
I Need A Dollar

I Need A Dollar

September 28, 2010
4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

Join Amazon Prime to add this song to your library for FREE
$0.99 to buy

Included with your Prime Membership

Listen Now
Listen with Prime
Start your 30-day free trial
Prime members get unlimited access to over a million songs, curated playlists, and ad-free stations.
More options
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).

  

  • Sample this song
    Title by Artist
    0:00 / 0:00
I Need A Dollar
I Need A Dollar
4:04
Listen Now $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Label: Stones Throw Records
  • Duration: 4:04 minutes
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0040PUSCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,360 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Harriete E. Berman on May 15, 2016
Verified Purchase
This is a super energetic song that is timeless. I used it for my "Money, Money" workout tape, and many people commented about the song. This song would be perfect for any playlist that is about "money." It will liven up the entire room or keep you awak while you drive to work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
After hearing the title to HBO's "How to Make it in America" (great show by the way) I decided that I had to listen to this guy... I can't lie, at first I thought it was Bill Withers and I would always think to myself, "I don't remember him making this song! I bought the album after listening to the sound bites and it is rock solid.

The production is definitely retro, but it's retro done in a "non-retro" style, if there is such a thing. The music is definitely catchy and makes you want to get up and dance. They lyrics are more about hard times and heartache than anything else, but I get the feeling that so many people can identify with it these days. The songs are more story telling than lines that rhyme blurted out one after another and I am so tired of that kind of music these days. My favorite tracks would have to be "Good Things", "If I", and "Mama Hold My Hand".

If you're tired of songs about bumping and grinding, and sick of the ADD song writing that transfers into top 40 hits, this album is definitely for you.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I first Heard this song on MSNBC, I wrote down some of the lyrics found out who sung the song and took a chance. I love this song because the lyrics describe what is going on with American society today. It is probably going on in other Countries as well? This song has a great beat, lyrics are powerful and Aloe Blacc has a terrific voice. The quality is important to me as the listener; because todays musicians most lack that important quality.

THX,
Kris L. CocKayne
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I really enjoy this song by Aloe Blacc. It is one of those types of songs that reminds you of the old days (for me anyways) listening to my parents play music on the old stereo, cooking with the windows open, and a breeze roaming through the house. It's a feel good song.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
According to wikipedia, Aloe Blacc is really Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, and "I Need a Dollar" is the theme song for the HBO show "How To Make it in America". The music is good; it's got a nice, bouncy beat and a fun, tinkly piano. The sound is clearly retro, looking back to the 60s and 70s, but not to the big, mainstream hits -- the singing and arrangement bring to mind Leon Russell ("Tight Rope", especially), Gil Scott-Heron, and others. The lyrics, which are the words of a down-on-his-luck man trying to cadge money from a stranger, are largely a repetitive string of cliches twisted ("I don't reap what I don't sow") and straight ("all that glitters ain't gold"), and they're not likely to wear well over time. Grade: B+
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This is NOT simply the theme song for a man who has his hand out, looking for "I don't reap what I sow". It's way more than that.
Listen to the lyrics & you will get that this guy is no beggar, just a working man who's had some recent hard knocks.

Most of us "Need a Dollar" and can empathize, at least on some level.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This is a really nice up-beat tune that has the perfect theme for these economic times. I agree with one of the reviewers that it might not wear well over time and may get a little repetitive with multiple listenings. I like it. A-
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Aloe's voice sounds like it's from another time, maybe Marvin Gaye. Reminds me of another song I like to listen to when I'm broke, "I Need Some Money" by John Lee Hooker, haha.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?