"Joe" as written by and Tom Petty....
My name's Joe, I'm the CEO
Yeah I'm the man makes the big wheels roll
I'm the hand on the green-light switch
You get to be famous, I get to be rich

Go get me a kid with a good lookin' face
Bring me a kid can remember his place
Some hungry poet son-of-a-bitch
He gets to be famous, I get to be rich

Or bring me a girl
They're always the best
You put 'em on stage and you have 'em undress
Some angel whore who can learn a guitar lick
Hey! Now that's what I call music!

Well they'll come lookin' for money when the public gets bored
But we'll fight 'em with lawyers they could never afford
Yeah I'll make her look like a spoiled little bitch
She gets to be famous, I get to be rich

Or bring me a girl
They're always the best
You put 'em on stage and you have 'em undress
Some angel whore who can learn a guitar lick
Hey! Now that's what I call music!

So burned out Johnny thinks the books are shifty
What good's that alchy to me when he's fifty?
Well we could move catalog if he'd only die quicker
Send my regards to the gig and a case of good liquor

He gets to be famous, I get to be rich
He gets to be famous, I get to be rich

My name's Joe, I'm the CEO
I'm the man makes the big wheels roll




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"Joe" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentAnother obvious jab at the music business. Joe is a record producer who cares more about making a quick couple of bucks than about making good songs. I like the line where he says, "Hey, now that's what I call music." Isn't that the name of a compilation series of the popular songs of the moment?
    Nick the Bastardon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this song is about Tom being pissed at music industry heads trying to make a fast buck anything that people will pay for.
    GrtOne41on July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hate what pop music is becoming.
    kyleziegler!on January 31, 2008   Link

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