From a newspaper circa 1909:
A dollar gives you confidence,
Five makes you walk on air,
A ten-spot lets you face the world
Without a thought of care.
With fifty large ones right away
You feel your own true worth,
But get a hundred-dollar bill —
Ah, well you own the earth.
Just let a fellow walk about
Without a lonely dime
He feels as though for sure he must
Be guilty of a crime.
And when a copper floats around
He doesn’t want to stay,
Before the shadow of the blue
He quickly fades away.
Without a plentitude of dough
A fellow isn’t one, two, three.
In fact, he only reaches up
Just half way to a cricket’s knee.
But let him stir himself about
And fall heir to a little dot
Of several thousand, more or less,
Then he’s some pumpkins, maybe not.
A dollar gives you confidence
And several other things. For why?
Because you know that what you need
You readily may go forth and buy.
Five, then, and twenty makes things hum,
One hundred gives you quite a thrill;
Where would a man get off if he
Possessed a thousand-dollar bill?
Still pretty accurate over 100 years later ;)
PS: $1.00 in 1909 would be like $28.19 today. Making that $1,000 bill = $28,193.19! A real note that used to circulate back in the day… (though mostly in real estate deals or interbank transfers)