Take the Money and Run

Steve Miller Band

About Take the Money and Run

"Take the Money and Run" is a song recorded in 1976 by the Steve Miller Band. A song about two young (possibly teenage) bandits and the police officer pursuing them, it was one of the many hit singles produced by the Steve Miller Band in the 1970s and featured on Fly Like an Eagle. The song peaked at #11 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 in July 1976 and also charted well in Australia.


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Hoo-hoo
This is a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue
Two young lovers with nothin' better to do
Than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube
And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose
They headed down to, ooh, old El Paso
That's where they ran into a great big hassle
Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle
Bobbie Sue took the money and run

Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
Go on, take the money and run
Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
Go on, take the money and run

Hoo-hoo-hoo, billy Mack is a detective down in Texas
You know he knows just exactly what the facts is
He ain't gonna let those two escape justice
He makes his livin' off of the people's taxes
Bobbie Sue, whoa, whoa, she slipped away
Billy Joe caught up to her the very next day

They got the money, hey, you know they got away
They headed down south and they're still running today
Singin' go on take the money and run

Go on, take the money and run
Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
Oh lord, go on, take the money and run
Hoo-hoo-hoo
Hey, yeah, go on, take the money and run, yeah (yeah)
Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
Oh lord, go on, take the money and run, yeah (yeah)
Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run, oh lord

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Steve Miller Band

The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1967 in San Francisco, California. The band is managed by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is known for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of the classic rock radio format. more »

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Written by: STEVE MILLER

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Artist Profile
"Take the Money and Run" is a song by American rock group the Steve Miller Band that was led by Steve Miller. He is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Release information
The song was released as a single in April 1976 from the band's ninth studio album, “Fly Like an Eagle”.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, the song reached No. 10 on the RPM chart.
Song Duration
The song has a running time of approximately 2 minutes and 50 seconds.
Genre
"Take the Money and Run" falls in the genre of classic rock, with elements of blues, pop, and rock.
Composition
The song is written and composed by Steve Miller, showing his skills as both a songwriter and a musician.
Lyrics
The song tells a story in its lyrics of two young (possibly teenage) bandits and their crime-spree.
Style
"Take the Money and Run" is celebrated for its catchy, upbeat music and memorable chorus, making it a classic rock radio staple.
Pop Culture Reference
The song has been featured in numerous television shows and movies over the years, cementing its place in popular culture. This includes the 2016 Netflix series "The Ranch" and the 1994 movie "Little Big League."
Cover Versions
The band "Foo Fighters" have covered the song, showcasing its enduring popularity among musicians.
Sales
By August 1976, the single "Take the Money and Run" had sold more than one million copies.
Critical Reception
Over the years, the song has received positive reviews for its catchy rhythm, lyrical storytelling, and guitar tableau.
Live Performances
Steve Miller Band often performs "Take the Money and Run" during their live shows, and it remains one of their most popular songs.
Accolades
Despite not winning any particular awards, the song is often highlighted as one of the high points of Steve Miller Band's career.
Influence
"Take the Money and Run" has inspired many musicians over the years, and its storytelling approach to lyrics is something that many artists have tried to emulate in their own work.

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