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"The Big Money" is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, originally released on their 1985 album Power Windows. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and has been included on several compilation albums, such as Retrospective II and The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987. The title of the song comes from John Dos Passos's novel The Big Money, part of his U. S. A. trilogy. Rush had previous referenced Dos Passos with the song "The Camera Eye," from the album Moving Pictures. The lyrics, written by drummer Neil Peart, reflect on the power of "big money" and the sheer magnitude of trade in the modern global economy, particularly during the 1980s. Regarding the idea that the song's lyrics were inspired by a John Dos Passos book of the same name, Peart replied, "I am a big fan of Dos Passos' stylistic ability, his poetic approach to prose, but the ideas presented in the songs are quite different from those which he exemplified." 


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Big money goes around the world
Big money underground
Big money got a mighty voice
Big money make no sound
Big money pull a million strings
Big money hold the prize
Big money weave a mighty web
Big money draw the flies 

Sometimes pushing people around 
Sometimes pulling out the rug 
Sometimes pushing all the buttons 
Sometimes pulling out the plug 
It's the power and the glory 
It's a war in paradise 
A Cinderella story 
On a tumble of the dice 

Big money goes around the world
Big money take a cruise
Big money leave a mighty wake
Big money leave a bruise
Big money make a million dreams
Big money spin big deals
Big money make a mighty head
Big money spin big wheels 

Sometimes building ivory towers 
Sometimes knocking castles down 
Sometimes building you a stairway
Lock you underground 
It's that old-time religion 
It's the kingdom they would rule 
It's the fool on television 
Getting paid to play the fool 

It's the power and the glory 
It's a war in paradise 
A Cinderella story 
On a tumble of the dice 

Big money goes around the world
Big money give and take
Big money done a power of good
Big money make mistakes
Big money got a heavy hand
Big money take control
Big money got a mean streak
Big money got no soul

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Rush

Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their iconic lineup when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first United States tour. Rutsey's departure stemmed primarily from health concerns regarding his diabetes. In 2015 the band played their final show due to Peart's declining health. more »

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Written by: Neil Elwood Peart, Gary Lee Weinrib, Alex Zivojinovich

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