It's difficult. It's very tough.
I said to the man who'd been sleeping rough
To sit within a fragrant breeze
All among the nodding trees
That hang heavy with the stuff

He threw his arms around my neck
He brushed the tear from my cheek
And held my soft white hand
He was an understanding man
He did not even barely hardly speak

Easy money
Rain it down on the wife and the kids
Rain it down on the house where we live
Rain until you got nothing left to give
And rain that ever-loving stuff down on me

All the things for which my heart yearns
Gives joy in diminishing returns
He kissed me on the mouth
His hands they headed south
And my cheek it burned

Money, man, it is a bitch
The poor, they spoil it for the rich
With my face pressed in the clover
I wondered when this would be over
And at home we are all so guilty-sad

Easy money
Pour it down the open drain
Pour it all through my veins
Pour it down, yeah, let it rain
And pour that ever-loving stuff down on me

Now, I'm sitting pretty down on the bank
Life shuffles past at a low interest rate
In the money-coloured meadows
And all the interesting shadows
They leap up, then dissipate

Easy money
Easy money
Easy money
Rain it down on the wife and the kids
Rain it down on the house where we live
Rain it down until you got nothing left to give
And rain that ever-loving stuff down on me



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    General CommentI think you all have it wrong. The singer is clearly a rich man.

    "It's difficult. It's very tough.
    I said to the man who'd been sleeping rough"

    The rich man's life brings "joy in diminishing returns." And he is cheating on his wife with a poor male prostitute. Who then turns him over and... well... gives it to him.

    Funny thing, all he can think of the whole time is how hard it is to be rich, while the prostitute has to sell his body for money.
    Keljeckon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwicked! and liking it! i think about kid harassed by his father at home, offered with money to shut his mouth, then came a point he couldnt take anymore of it, ran away, stayed in the park, realized you dont pick money off the park, so he ended up hustling, i like how he asks to "rain that ever-loving stuff down on me"
    audiotruckon October 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that this song is about prostitution, most of the song lines are from the point of view of a prostitute and their desperation and the cycle of their addiction and poverty.
    There are a view lines that I believe are from the capitalist point of view: Money, man, it is a bitch
    The poor, they spoil it for the rich.
    lookon December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dunno, about the prostitution thing.. I mean if the man that's doing this to the woman is the same man who'd been sleeping rough, he wouldn't exactly have the money for a prozzy would he.. =/
    __AwwSugaron January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a male prostitute that sells his ass to support his family.
    Apfelstrudelon December 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Apfel. Although the first verse describes the second person as a man "who'd been sleeping rough", that doesn't necessarily mean someone living on the street -it could be a man really down on his luck -the sort of guy most likely to pay for a prostitute.

    In the fourth verse it says:
    "He kissed me on the mouth
    His hands they headed south..."
    And in the following verse:
    "...with my face pressed in the clover
    I wondered when this would be over..."
    It seems clear that the persona singing the song is a male prostitute. (The indication the singer is a male is the chorus line: "...rain it down on the wife and the kids...")

    Such a sad song. Cave is an astounding poet.
    PearlJam#1on December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also agree, and this makes the song so much more brutal. I believe Nick is singing as a desperate man who whores himself out to provide for his family and 'Easy Money' refers to the ostensible simplicity of this action, while showing how it is a terrible state to be in.
    Sorry to be graphic, but to further the male point; I think 'Face pressed in the clover' creates a sense that this person is being penetrated from behind - as a man would be. Nick Cave was never one for being delicate.
    Worryworton September 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think you all have it wrong. The singer is clearly a rich man.

    "It's difficult. It's very tough.
    I said to the man who'd been sleeping rough"

    The rich man's life brings "joy in diminishing returns." And he is cheating on his wife with a poor male prostitute. Who then turns him over and... well... gives it to him.

    Funny thing, all he can think of the whole time is how hard it is to be rich, while the prostitute has to sell his body for money.
    Keljeckon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI reckon it's more about the hollow depression of fame or success
    and the male prostitute imagery is a metaphor in itself for the ass-kissing shit you've got to go through to get there
    BatReleaseron August 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe album is an interpretation of The Lyre of Orpheus, so I think this is actually told from Eurydice's point of view, while she's in the underworld.
    one_irish_roveron January 02, 2011   Link

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