"Money on My Mind" as written by Benjamin Ross Ash and Sam Smith....
When I signed my deal
I felt pressure
Don't want to see the numbers
I want to see heaven
You say could you write a song for me
I said I’m sorry I won’t do that happily

When I go home
I tend to close the door
I never wanted more
So sing with me
Can't you see

I don't have
Money on my mind
Money on my mind
I do it for
I do it for the love

I don't have
Money on my mind
Money on my mind
I do it for
I do it for the love

I do it for the love

I do it for the love

Please don't get me wrong
I wanna keep it moving
I know what that requires
I'm not foolish
Please can you make this work for me
'Cause I'm not a puppet I will work against your strings

When I go home
I tend to close the door
I never wanted more
So sing with me
Can't you see

I don't have
Money on my mind
Money on my mind
I do it for
I do it for the love

I don't have
Money on my mind
Money on my mind
I do it for
I do it for the love

I do it for the love
I do it for the love

When the sun will set
Don't you fret
No I have no money on my mind
No money on my mind
No money on my mind
No I have have money on my mind

When the sun will set
Don't you fret
No I have no money on my mind
No money on my mind
No money on my mind
No I have have money on my mind

Just love

Money on my mind
Money on my mind
I do it for
I do it for the love

I don't have
Money on my mind
Money on my mind
I do it for
I do it for the love

I do it for the love
I do it for the love


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"Money On My Mind" as written by Sam Smith Benjamin Ross Ash

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    My InterpretationIt's about how he wants to be in the music business because he loves music, not because of the money he may make.
    seeingon September 25, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAgree with the interpretation by Seeing above.

    Sam Smith's mournful tone speaks to a certain social commentary about the state of music production today, indeed any kind of creative production, the self-expression of a person's deepest joy and craft, which has become digitized and commoditized.

    He says he "I don't have money on my mind," but there are no negatives in the brain. If you tell a person, "I'm not thinking of a pink elephant," you know they can't help but be thinking of a pink elephant, because they had to have it in their brain to even speak those words.

    So, I think this song elegantly addresses the struggle artists face.. of course they need to think about money. Money is survival, is compensation for their time and hard work, and they need to think about it, but it is a struggle to keep their joy in the craft authentic when faced with survival concerns.

    "Don't want to see the numbers
    I want to see heaven"

    Such a beautiful lyric. Sam Smith is a bird with a beautiful voice who recognizes he is in a gilded cage now, as so many of us human beings are, because of the commodification of human beings. But he still sings softly of heaven and brings heaven to me. Thank you for your love of your art.
    Snailfishon August 23, 2015   Link

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