"For The Money" as written by Thomas Michael Smith, Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz, Russell Leetch and Edward Owen Lay....
Here's where the wind leaves its mark across your face
And the ocean knows more than we'll ever know
Wake from our sleep, we are crippled but unique
A cat in a bag meets the undertow

Make to the fields that are neighbouring your town
Take all that you can carry
Play with the fire and let the money burn
It only bought a lack of sincerity

Who's gonna make us better
If we won't believe there are things left to say?
And who's gonna take away the slaughter
And put us to bed at the end of the day?

Here's where the wind leaves its mark across your face
A perfect place to fall on your sword
Keep your hands to yourself, overestimate your wealth
Don't touch what you can't afford

Who's gonna make us better
If we won't believe there are things left to say?
We watch as the dust settles around us
Now put us to bed at the end of the day

And everyone says:
"One for the money!
Two for the money!
Three for the money!
Four for the money!
Five for the money!
Six for the money!
Seven for the money!
Eight for the money!"


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    General CommentThese are in my opinion some of the best lyrics Tom Smith has ever written. The main meaning is pretty obvious: about how greed is one of humankind's greatest failures and how people can do horrible things for money. But the best thing is all the images he pictures to represent it.

    "A cat in a bag meets the undertow"
    You need to get rid of the cat, there's nobody you can give it to, so you put the animal in a plastic bag and throw it to the river or sea until it drowns. Really cruel, but happens often. Maybe it represents the feeling of helplessness and desperation while drowning. The topic of cruelty towards animals has started to appear on Editors lyrics lately, probably because they're becoming more environmental aware.


    "Who's gonna make us better
    If we won't believe there are things left to say?"
    Maybe about how most people think there is nothing we can do to solve the problems in this world so they just accept it and don't try to make things better.

    "Put us to bed at the end of the day"
    About places and people that make us feel safe. Maybe also about how we go about our daily life completely unaware of what's going on in the world, and at the end of the day you just fall asleep without feeling any guilt or remorse.

    "Here's where the wind leaves its mark across your face"
    I have no idea of what this means. But it's one of those verses that get stuck in your head and haunt you forever.
    elevenoclockticktockon April 01, 2010   Link

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