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Rent to the landlord baby, that's his business, that's his business, that's his business
Rent to the landlord baby, that's his business, that's his business, that's his business
Papa used to tell me it was the electric, the electric, the electric
Mama used to tell me it was so expensive, It's expensive just to live

I, and the money's always gone
I, papa working so hard just to get paid
We make money, make money, to spend,
People want, people need cause it never ends, now baby
It takes money, takes money my friend
People need, people want cause it never ends

Slip to the bottom of my empty pocket, empty pocket, empty pocket
Slip to the bottom of my empty pocket, empty pocket, empty pocket
Overdrawn again, feeling insufficent, insufficent, insufficent
How many more times must I sing this song
I, and the money's always gone
I, papa working so hard just to get paid

We make money, make money, to spend,
People want, people need cause it never ends, now baby
It takes money, takes money my friend
People need, people want because it never ends
Mama used to tell me it was, the electric, the electric boy, the electric
Rent to the landlord baby, that's his business, that's his business, that's his business

How can I ever thank you my girl
I, when the money's always gone
I, now I'm working so hard just to get paid

We make money, make money, to spend,
People want, people need cause it never ends now baby
It takes money, takes money to spend
People need, people want because it never ends yah
It takes money, everyone knows
Here it comes, there it goes, Here it comes, there it goes oh baby
It takes money, everyone knows
Cost is high pay is low, cost is high pay is low
My mama working so hard just to get me by
How could I ever thank you, my girl


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    General Commentgonna see them live on the water hopefully theyll play this
    JamzXIVon August 05, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti love this song... i can't believe nobodys commented on it!
    i think the lyrics are pretty straightforward- he's very thankful, either to his mama who he calls "his girl" but maybe to someone else... but either way, he's very thankful for the financial and possibly some other support that his parents and whoever else may have given him...
    rafiabramov24on June 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first song I heard by Pepper ever. Its so true. Cost is high, pay is low. I love Pepper.
    JBlilbrowns17on July 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcan anyone tell me what does "Mama used to tell me it was, the electric, the electric boy, the electric" mean?, pepper is the best!
    renzom87on July 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAWESOME SONG!
    So true what he says in the song though
    Naddy08on December 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is actually kind of touching..very true. and cute.
    thisisrealon August 05, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song is actually kind of touching..very true. and cute.
    thisisrealon August 05, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is the first song that I heard from Pepper, and at first I didn't really care for it as much as I do now. The previous song that was my number one was "Bring Me Along." Then one night when I was on the path of never waking up the next morning, this song care on.
    When I heard it, for what I thought was going to be my last, the song became clear to me. My interpretation of this song was visualizing Kaleo as a little child, who's adolescent parents "unfortunately" had a child who were unprepared both mentally and financially. Which brings me to the point of the first verse which states, " Rent to the Landlord baby, that's his business..." Which would mean that there was a question that generated this answer. Which would mean that Kaleo would have asked his parents " where is the money going?"
    Of course his parents did not want to hell him that the truth of why they were alway short on money, but the truth of the matter is that the baby was where all the money was going. So his parents would come up with these excuses to turn him away from the truth like it was the electric, or rent that cost so much money.
    Which with all the frustration that the parents were going through they all would argue and fight including the now grown teen child.
    Now that Kaleo is all grown up saying, " slip to the bottom of my empty pockets.." realizing that living in this world is hard, having to work hard like his parents. So this song is set out to let his parents know that he understands that whatever fighting or lying that happen was to protect him in the long run. "How could I ever thank you, My girl" meaning you will always be my mom no matter what happened andi could never do what you did.
    Of course his ma is telling him to be electric, setting goals, and achieving greatness, Music and singing.
    This is what I thought the song was trying to get out to the public, as right now my mom and I do not have a great relationship. Growing up poor with a lot of brothers with parents that could barely scrap by. I do understand like Kaleo does
    SpiritStaron December 09, 2016   Link

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