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Money (That's What I Want)

Composer(s) : Berry Gordy, Janie Bradford en Barrett Strong
Year : 1959
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Chords/Tabs: Money (That's What I Want)


KEY E Major


FORM Intro -> Verse/Refrain(3X) -> Break -> Verse/Refrain -> Refrain -> One Last Refrain (complete ending)

COMPOSER Bradford/Gordy

INFLUENTIAL VERSION Barret Strong (1959)

- This is yet another song in which (virtually) every section is in 12-bar blues form, but it bears an interesting comparison with "Roll Over Beethoven." Here, the 12-bar frame is divided so that only four measures are verse-like exposition with the remaining eight devoted to a raving refrain. The proportions in ROB are a reversed eight-to-four. And the difference is more than just a mathematical curiosity to the extent that the longer refrain section in "Money" is as much a factor in making it a "screamer" of a song as is the performance of the lead singer. If you're looking for other examples with which to test this theory, look back to the first album where you find the verse of "Chains" which corresponds to the ROB 8+4 pattern as well as "Boys" which matches the 4+8 pattern of "Money."

- One additional parallel between "Money" and ROB is the way they both have final sections in which the hook-phrase takes over the lyrics completely.

- The Beatles cover presents the intro and solo as an eight-measure compression of the 12-bar frame. The original keeps both those sections at the full twelve bar count. Note however that the original has only two instead of three verse/refrain pairs before the break.

- The vocal line of this is very bluesy with lots of juxtaposed Major/minor thirds and flat 7ths and the arrangement yet again features a large amount of antiphonal singing. The Beatles throw a hard edged piano in the mix and of course John's blistering vocal now *single tracked*. The use of the E Major key nicely supports Tony Barrow's suggestion that you can flip the disk over for a second play from the beginning since the first track, "It Won't Be Long", is also in E.

- The selection of this particularly raving number for the final track of the album and the modification of it to include a big-finish complete ending sounds to me like they were striving hard to repeat the immense success of "Twist And Shout" on the first album, and I'd dare say they come pretty darn close. If you want to get picky here, perhaps you might deduct a few points either because the spin-off of the earlier TAS triumph is a bit too obvious or because the message of the lyrics is kind of crass and rough, for all its tongue-in-cheek posturing, in a way which doesn't entirely become the image of the group at this point with their collarless suits and little boots. If I don't watch it, though, I'm going to starting sound too much like Eppie.

Ook op The Decca Tapes:

ChordsNotes On
To Know Her Is To Love Her 
Crying, Waiting, Hoping 
September In The Rain 
Besame Mucho 
Sheik Of Araby 
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Take Good Care Of My Baby 
Memphis, Tennessee 
Sure To Fall 
Money (That's What I Want) Money (That's What I Want)
Three Cool Cats 

Ook op With the Beatles:

ChordsNotes On
It Won't Be Long It Won't Be Long
All I've Got to Do All I've Got to Do
All My Loving All My Loving
Don't Bother Me Don't Bother Me
Little Child Little Child
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Please Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman
Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
Hold Me Tight Hold Me Tight
You've Really Got a Hold on Me You've Really Got a Hold on Me
I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
Devil in Her Heart Devil in Her Heart
Not a Second Time Not a Second Time
Money (That's What I Want) Money (That's What I Want)

Ook op On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2:

ChordsNotes On
And Here We Are Again (speech) 
Words of Love Words of Love
How About It, Gorgeus? (speech) 
Do You Want to Know a Secret Do You Want to Know a Secret
Hey, Paul... (speech) 
Anna (Go to Him) Anna (Go to Him)
Hello! (speech) 
Please Please Me Please Please Me
Misery Misery
I'm Talking About You 
A Real Treat (speech) 
Boys Boys
Absolutely Fab (speech) 
Chains Chains
Ask Me Why Ask Me Why
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Lend Me Your Comb 
Lower 5e (speech) 
The Hippy Hippy Shake 
Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
There's a Place There's a Place
Bumper Bundle (speech) 
P.S. I Love You P.S. I Love You
Please Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman
Beautiful Dreamer 
Devil in Her Heart Devil in Her Heart
The 49 Weeks (speech) 
Sure To Fall 
Never Mind, Eh? (speech) 
Twist and Shout Twist and Shout
Bye, Bye (speech) 
John Pop Profile (speech) 
George Pop Profile (speech) 
I Saw Her Standing There I Saw Her Standing There
Glad All Over 
Lift Lid Again (speech) 
I'll Get You I'll Get You
She Loves You She Loves You
Memphis, Tennessee 
Happy Birthday, Dear Saturday Club 
Now Hush, Hush (speech) 
From Me to You From Me to You
Money (That's What I Want) Money (That's What I Want)
I Want to Hold Your Hand I Want to Hold Your Hand
Brian Bathtubes 
This Boy This Boy
If I Wasn't In America 
I Got A Woman 
Long Tall Sally Long Tall Sally
If I Fell If I Fell
A Hard Job Writing Them (speech) 
And I Love Her And I Love Her
Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can (speech) 
You Can't Do That You Can't Do That
Honey Don't Honey Don't
I'll Follow the Sun I'll Follow the Sun
Green With Black Shutters (speech) 
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
That's What We're Here For (speech) 
I Feel Fine (Studio Outtake)
Paul Pop Profile (speech) 
Ringo Pop Profile (speech) 

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