J.D. Hutchison: “Money to Burn”

“Money To Burn” is another great song written by J.D. Hutchison, whom I have had the privilege of seeing and hearing live in southeastern Ohio. This version, which is sung by bluegrass and country singer Tim O’Brien, was released 6/17/2016.

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Tim O’Brien wrote this about J.D. Hutchison:

“I don’t remember when I first heard this J.D. Hutchison song, but Hot Rize recorded it for the record called ‘Take It Home,’ released in 1990. By that time Hot Rize had recorded two other fine Hutchison compositions — Ain’t I Been Good To You, and My Little Darlin’ — and J.D. was a trusted song source. His fresh songs had the right groove, the simple harmony, and the straightforward lyrics that make for good Bluegrass. He’d made two LP’s with his brother Bob and their Hutchison Brothers band in the mid 1970’s, but to hear newer J.D. pieces, you had to be in the same room with him. His song pitches were barebones. He’d sing the first verse and chorus into your cassette recorder, and then recite following verses, never repeating the chorus. I remember such a rendition just outside the men’s room in some Ohio valley nightclub hallway.”

These are J.D. Hutchison’s lyrics:

There’s nothin’ to some ladies like money in your hand
Love’s just some poetic fantasy
Let the ladies have my money and let the devil take his turn
When I have money to burn, when I have money to burn
If I had a nickel for every broken promise
That I have made in my life
Time after time I never seem to learn
I would have money to burn, I would have money to burn
Lies and broken promises roll gently from the tongue
And I wish I had a nickel for every one
Sign yours most sincerely, send to whom it may concern
I would have money to burn, I would have money to burn
Now, if I had a nickel for every precious moment
That I had spent like water day by day
Like some men made of mud it’s upon my bed I turn
I would have money to burn, I would have money to burn
Well, there’s nothin’ to some ladies like money in your hand
Love is some poetic fantasy
Let the ladies have my money and let the devil take his turn
When I have money to burn, when I have money to burn
When I have money to burn, when I have money to burn

Good people worked on this song:

Sean Sullivan — engineer
Ian Fitchuk — Hammond organ
John Gardner — drums
Viktor Krauss — bass
Doug Lancio — guitar
Tim O’Brien — vocal

If you like this song (and of course you do) and if you want to hear more songs by J.D. Hutchison (and of course you do), check out his album YOU AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE here on Amazon:

Also check out J.D. Hutchison’s version of the song on his album REALBILLY JIVE:

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