The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Money {That’s What I Want}

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Money [That’s What I Want}” the final song on The Beatles second album “With The Beatles.” “Money” was written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy. John Lennon added on a “I want to be free'”  The song was originally released by Barrett Strong and released in December of 1959. It reached #23 on the American Top 40 chart. The song was in The Beatles concert repertoire from 1960 to 1964. John Lennon: vocal and rhythm guitar/ Paul McCartney: backing vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: backing vocal and lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums/ George Martin:piano. The song was recorded on July 18th and 30th, 1963 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin. The Beatles version demolishes the original. This song was perfect for John Lennon to sing. The Beatles version is full of energy. They make the song their own.

Rating “Money” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars *****

  • Length of song 2:47
  • “Money” is a cover song so it didn’t make Rolling Stone Magazine’s The Beatles 100 Greatest Beatles Songs or 100 Best Beatles Songs by Stephen Spignesi and Michael Lewis’ lists.
  • The song was never released as a single by The Beatles.
  • A later cover of “Money” that was a hit on the dance charts was by the Flying Lizards.
  • According to George Harrison, The Beatles discovered “Money” while hanging out at manager Brian Epstein’s NEMS store.
  • The Beatles did “Money” at the Decca audition which they failed in early 1962.

Money (That’s What I Want)” {Bradford-Gordy}

The best things in life are free
But you can keep them for the birds and bees
Now give me money
That’s what I want
That’s what I want, yeah
That’s what I want
You’re lovin’ gives me a thrill
But you’re lovin’ don’t pay my bills
Now give me money
That’s what I want
That’s what I want, yeah
That’s what I want
Money don’t get everything it’s true
What it don’t get, I can’t use
Now give me money
That’s what I want
That’s what I want, yeah
That’s what I want, wah
Money don’t get everything it’s true
What it don’t get, I can’t use
Now give me money
That’s what I want
That’s what I want, yeah
That’s what I want
Well now give me money
A lot of money
Wow, yeah, I wanna be free
Oh I want money
That’s what I want
That’s what I want, well
Now give me money
A lot of money
Wow, yeah, you need money
Now, give me money
That’s what I want, yeah
That’s what I want
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