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"Money" is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. Written by Roger Waters, it opened side two of the original album. Released as a single, it became the band's first hit in the United States, reaching number 10 in Cash Box magazine and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Money" is noted for its unusual 74–44 time signature, and the tape loop of money-related sound effects (such as a ringing cash register and a jingle of coins) that is heard periodically throughout the song, including on its own at the beginning.  

Money, get away
Get a good job with good pay and you're okay
Money, it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

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Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. more »

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Written by: George Roger Waters

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Song Release Information
"Money" was released in 1973 as a part of Pink Floyd's eighth studio album, "The Dark Side of the Moon".
Major Contributor
The song was written by Pink Floyd's then-bassist, Roger Waters.
Unique Composition
The song has a unique, innovative structure. It is set in the 7/4 time signature for the majority of the song, only changing to 4/4 during the guitar solos.
Initial Inspiration
Roger Waters came up with the concept for "Money" after rifling through a group of loops that engineer Alan Parsons had created and finding one that stated '£1 of money', which he morphed into 'Money' for the song.
Song Genre
"Money" is considered a progressive rock song, with elements of blues thrown into the mix.
Chart Performance
"Money" was Pink Floyd's first hit in America, where it became their first Top 20 hit, peaking at No. 13 in July 1973.
Unconventional Sound Effects
The song begins with sound effects of cash registers and coins jingling, which loop throughout the song giving it its distinctive rhythmic pattern.
Significant Contribution to Album
"Money" is one of the standout tracks on "The Dark Side of the Moon", which is one of the best-selling albums in history.
Multiple Covers
"Money" has been covered by various artists across different genres, including rock band Nine Inch Nails and the reggae group Easy Star All-Stars.
Live Performances
During live performances, Roger Waters occasionally changes the lyrics to reflect currency changes in the country he's performing in, such as Euro or Yen.
Cultural Impact
The song is arguably one of Pink Floyd's most recognizable and has been featured in various forms of popular media, including movies and video games.
Use of Saxophone
The song features a tenor saxophone solo by Dick Parry, a recurring collaborator with Pink Floyd.
Music Video
A few different videos for "Money" have been made, including one featuring scenes from the movie "The Wall" and another showing the band performing the song in a studio.
Noted Criticism
Despite the popularity of the song, Roger Waters has often critiqued its success, suggesting it led to more mainstream expectations for the band.
Indelible Mark
"Money" has played an influential role in music history, being noted for its intriguing composition, innovative use of sound, and thought-provoking lyrics.

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