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The O'Jays — For the Love of Money
Album: The Essential O'Jays
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Released: 1974
Length: 3:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Money, money, money, money, money [6x]
Some people got to have it
Some people really need it
Listen to me y'all, do things
Do things, do bad things with it
You wanna do things, do things
Do things, good things with it
Talk about cash money, money
Talk about cash money
Dollar bills, yall

For the love of money
People will steal from their mother
For the love of money
People will rob their own brother
For the love of money
People can't even walk the street
Because they never know
Who in the world they're gonna beat
For that lean, mean, mean green
Almighty dollar, money

For the love of money
People will lie, Lord, they will cheat
For the love of money
People don't care who they hurt or beat
For the love of money
A woman will sell her precious body
For a small piece of paper
It carries a lot of weight
Call it lean, mean, mean green

Almighty dollar

I know money is the root of all evil
Do funny things to some people
Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime
Money can drive some people out of their minds

Got to have it, I really need it
How many things have I heard you say
Some people really need it
How many things have I heard you say
Got to have it, I really need it
How many things have I heard you say
Lay down, lay down, a woman will lay down
For the love of money
All for the love of money
Don't let, don't let, don't let money rule you
For the love of money
Money can change people sometimes
Don't let, don't let, don't let money fool you
Money can fool people sometimes
People, don't let money, don't let money change you
It will keep on changing, changing up your mind
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OOOOH
Hiphop sample heaven right here!


Classic song
Snort! (You being in your Support Appeal time 'o need, of course.) I'd give all (hyperbole), or surely some truly, but you know... money. Gotta go hustle up even more to pay The Man, and like right now. But I can throw out a pledge Tweet every now & then. That's free or with just the too-pricey too cost of The Man's fee for fast interneting. 
Dat Base Line. Yummy.
Cool song forever tainted by its association with Putin, Jr.
 artmaven wrote:
This is the only O'Jays tune on RP??? Granted, it's freakin' amazing but there are so many others that should be here too. C'mon! Somebody fix this, k? Please! I'd forgotten how much I love the sound of philly 'til I heard this from David Dye on World Cafe from WXPN Link: Helping to Shape the Sound of Philly Soul February 22, 2006 · When Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff started Philadelphia International Records in the early '70s, they followed in the footsteps of great regional soul labels like Detroit's Motown and Stax in Memphis. With the help of talented arranger Thom Bell, Philly Soul went on to become one of the leading cultural influences in the '70s; songs like "Love Train," "For the Love of Money" (by the O'Jays) and "Me and Mrs. Jones" (by Billy Paul) made their mark with a unique combination of driving rhythms and sweet orchestration. With John Jackson, author of House on Fire: the Rise and Fall of Philly Soul, Kenny Gamble and Thom Bell give their personal insights into this important piece of music history. It's one terrific story and well worth your time. I promise.
 

have you tried uploading a submission? 
Oh so amusing to read the old comments bitching about the Cheetos King ruining this song for them. If they only had known....
Amazing how something written 40 years ago can still be so relevant...
OMG

that was a year ago

still LOVE this Awesome Song 
 ronniegirl wrote:
Richard Pryor had a show where he used this while playing a preacher.  In HUGE platform shoes.  I still remember it.  NOT Trump.

 
those were The Days right?!  : )     (Trump's the best thing for Hil and Bernie)
 Proclivities wrote:

That's odd; I bought this single when it came out.

 
Not so odd. I was a long haired hard rock hippie freak, and considered this to too "wimpy". Hopefully we all grow!
 Lindo525 wrote:
When this came out - I would not have been caught dead listening to it. I guess that now I would. {#Wink}

 
That's odd; I bought this single when it came out.
When this came out - I would not have been caught dead listening to it. I guess that now I would. {#Wink}
love that bass line….  
Owwww!! That's is one hot, funkadelic piece of dance power! 8^)
this to me is pure GODLIKE 
Richard Pryor had a show where he used this while playing a preacher.  In HUGE platform shoes.  I still remember it.  NOT Trump.
ed wrote:
Sly was first, this just sucked at trying to copy it!
:no:
ce wrote:
So how does this relate to FUNK? In particular, how does the bass line relate to the pioneering funky plucking base in Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". Is one a cover of the other? The base melody seems VERY similar.
Sly was first, this just sucked at trying to copy it!
One of my favorite songs from my 'tween years still has a groove like a cement truck.
Bodhisattva wrote:
Behold!! For it is none other than the mighty, mighty Philadelphia Sound! (Your city should have such an awesome sound named for it!) :yes: :notworthy: :yes:
So how does this relate to FUNK? In particular, how does the bass line relate to the pioneering funky plucking base in Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". Is one a cover of the other? The base melody seems VERY similar.
Hannio wrote:
Giving a new twist to the phrase, "Get down wit' yo' bad self!"
I love it! I forgot this song until it came on with Trump. Now its my favorite part of the show.
HEE! That's brilliant.
Very appropriate considering what's going on right now with the facist copyright legislation.
Art_Carnage wrote:
You're fired!
HAHAHAHA. This was a great song even before being the theme song of the greatest show in the world.
Love those fuzzy sweatsuits.
The only great song ever to be *enhanced* by its association with a cheesy TV show, IMHO. Can't help it, lovin' The Donald...
The O'Jays are killer. :whistle: what? why are you looking at me like that :wink:
Zep wrote:
For the love of money, People would steal from their brother... btw, there is an ultra-badass version of this that really winds out at about 7'30".
Utopia does an amazingly tight, kick-ass version of this as well.
maryte wrote:
Just like Reagan and "Born in the U.S.A.". At least Fleetwood Mac were behind the politicians using their weak, sappy "Don't Stop"...
Don't Stop - is a song about sex. Note the pause - don't stop, thinking about tomorrow. Hysterical that Clinton adopted it. I'm sure the band was peeing in its pants.
fortyonejb wrote:
Whats sad about the Trump thing is that those who have never heard the song don't get its true meaning. Using this song to sell the indulgant lifestyle and culture that trump sells is a perversion of its true meaning. sad isnt it.
Just like Reagan and "Born in the U.S.A.". At least Fleetwood Mac were behind the politicians using their weak, sappy "Don't Stop"...
I love money, I admit it. I wish I had more of it. God, just please give me a chance and I will show you that it will not ruin me. :drunk:
Godlike - and very appropriate for a payday Friday - whoo hoo! :bananasplit:
They recorded the chorus after being sucked into the TV in the Freeling house.
Best bassline in history but the rest is pretty lame (and the moneymoneymoneyMONEY part is just annoying).
Art_Carnage wrote:
For the love of money, People would steal from their brother... btw, there is an ultra-badass version of this that really winds out at about 7'30".
grant wrote:
this song is maximum soulful funkage!!!!!!
Nope Bill Withers - "Use Me" is. https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=songinfo&song_id=33560(click here) All other RP listeners agree too as it is an 8.3 and this song is only 7.8. Unless...you do not adhere to the strict definition of 'maximum soulful funkage' then what is the point of comparing to a standard. ;)
this song is maximum soulful funkage!!!!!!
Whats sad about the Trump thing is that those who have never heard the song don't get its true meaning. Using this song to sell the indulgant lifestyle and culture that trump sells is a perversion of its true meaning. sad isnt it.
This is the only O'Jays tune on RP??? Granted, it's freakin' amazing but there are so many others that should be here too. C'mon! Somebody fix this, k? Please! I'd forgotten how much I love the sound of philly 'til I heard this from David Dye on World Cafe from WXPN Link: Helping to Shape the Sound of Philly Soul February 22, 2006 · When Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff started Philadelphia International Records in the early '70s, they followed in the footsteps of great regional soul labels like Detroit's Motown and Stax in Memphis. With the help of talented arranger Thom Bell, Philly Soul went on to become one of the leading cultural influences in the '70s; songs like "Love Train," "For the Love of Money" (by the O'Jays) and "Me and Mrs. Jones" (by Billy Paul) made their mark with a unique combination of driving rhythms and sweet orchestration. With John Jackson, author of House on Fire: the Rise and Fall of Philly Soul, Kenny Gamble and Thom Bell give their personal insights into this important piece of music history. It's one terrific story and well worth your time. I promise.
nick_valensi wrote:
I'm lovin' this money sequence... what about some Dire Straits Money for Nothing... or Beatles version of Money (That's What I Want!)
I would like to hear The Flying Lizards myself. :-)
I'm lovin' this money sequence... what about some Dire Straits Money for Nothing... or Beatles version of Money (That's What I Want!)
I request "Life is a lemon and i want my money back" from Meat Loaf HAHA
Glad so many of you are enjoying this stone cold classic. It was one of my uploads (and quite surprised was I that it was not already in the main playlist). Musically brilliant and still a meaningful message in the twenty-first century...
You're fired!
Oh My Bad Self .... :dancingbanana_2:
Tickets available for the Portland show. Anyone?
Actually, in Detroit there was-it's called Motown. I have long since left Detroit behind, (as did Berry Gordy) but I did grow up there. I was probably the youngest cruiser on Woodward Avenue, 3 years old. Nothing like a T-Bird or Corvette (with the coveted split rear window) to be cruising in! Bodhisattva wrote:
Behold!! For it is none other than the mighty, mighty Philadelphia Sound! (Your city should have such an awesome sound named for it!) :yes: :notworthy: :yes:
Behold!! For it is none other than the mighty, mighty Philadelphia Sound! (Your city should have such an awesome sound named for it!) :yes: :notworthy: :yes:
If you watched Apprentice you deserve to have this song ruined for you. nick_valensi wrote:
I would like this song if it wasn't for friggin Aprentice. Damn you Trump!
nick_valensi wrote:
I would like this song if it wasn't for friggin Aprentice. Damn you Trump!
I guess I should be glad I've never seen it?
Yow! funky bass & kickin' vocals...
I think it's really cool of The Donald to let these guys cover this.
I thought Donald Trump Sang this song!
Man, that stupid Trump ruined this song for me, all it does is make me think of.... nope can't waste time thinking about it aaaggghhhhh!!!!
awwwmanhellyeah.
I would like this song if it wasn't for friggin Aprentice. Damn you Trump!
Aaah I always love it when the flanger kicks in on the Hi-Hat :-) What would we do without funk and soul?