Big Spender


Hey, Big Spender!
Hey, Big Spender!
Hey, Big Spender!
Why don’t you spend a little time with me?

The minute you walked in the joint
I could tell you was a man of distinction
A real big spender
Good looking, so refined
Now wouldn’t you like to know
What’s going on in my mind?

Let me get right to the point
I don’t spend my time with any old dame I see
Hey, Big Spender!
Hey, Big Spender!
Hey, Big Spender!
Why don’t you spend a little time with me?


Words by Dorothy Fields
Music by Cy Coleman
©1965 Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman



Originally performed in the musical ‘Sweet Charity’ in 1965, by Helen Gallagher, Thelma Oliver and The Girls
In the film version in 1969 it was performed by Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly and The Girls
It has also been recorded by Peggy Lee


Not officially released by Tom Waits

Performed as part of ‘Small Change’ on these bootlegs:

The State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, May 2, 1979
Boot title: Cold Beer on a Hot Night
The Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, 1979

Tom Waits: Vocals
Herbert Hardesty: Tenor saxophone

Click HERE for the original lyrics