The Dollar (song)

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"The Dollar"
Single by Jamey Johnson
from the album The Dollar
Released August 30, 2005
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 2:59
Label BNA
Writer(s) Jamey Johnson
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon
Jamey Johnson singles chronology
"The Dollar"

"The Dollar" is the title of a debut song written and recorded by American country music artist Jamey Johnson. It was released in August 2005 as the first single the title track from his debut album The Dollar. The song reached #14 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in early 2006, and was the only chart single from its album.

Background and writing[edit]

Johnson was inspired to write the song after taking a job as a construction worker, thus causing him to be away from his own young daughter for two months.[1]


The song is a mid-tempo accompanied largely by acoustic guitar and steel guitar. Its central character is a child who, upon seeing his father leaving for work, asks his mother why the father has to go to work. The mother then explains that, at work, they "pay him for his time", thus encouraging the boy to gather a dollar's worth of coins from his personal collection, in an attempt to buy some time from his father.[1] After the young boy in the song has gathered his money, the mother calls up the father, telling him that he "[doesn't] have to chase that dollar" because the son "has one here at home".

Chart performance[edit]

"The Dollar" debuted at number 50 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of September 3, 2005.[2] The single reached its peak of number 14 for the week of March 14, 2006, where it stayed there for two consecutive weeks.

Chart (2005-2006) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 14
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[4] 1


  1. ^ a b Morris, Edward (2006-03-07). "Jamey Johnson Stirs Fans With "The Dollar"". CMT. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  2. ^ "The Dollar" - September 3, 2005
  3. ^ "Jamey Johnson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jamey Johnson.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 211. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.