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    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Lyrics

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    "Money Becomes King" Lyrics

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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    "If you reach back in your memory
    A little bell might ring
    'Bout a time that once existed
    When money wasn't king
    If you stretch your imagination
    I'll tell you all a tale
    About a time when everything
    Wasn't up for sale

    There was this cat named Johnny
    Who loved to play and sing
    When money wasn't king

    We'd all get so excited when
    John would give a show
    We'd raise the cash between us
    And down the road we'd go
    To hear him play that music
    It spoke right to my soul
    Every verse a diamond
    Every chorus gold
    The sound was my salvation
    It was only everything
    Before money became king

    Well I ain't sure how it happened
    And I don't know exactly when
    But everything got bigger
    And the rules began to bend
    And the TV taught the people
    How to get their hair to shine
    And how sweet life can be
    If you keep a tight behind
    And they raised the cost of living
    And how could we have known
    They'd double the price of tickets
    To go see Johnny's show

    So we hocked all our possessions
    And we sold a little dope
    And went off to rock and roll

    We arrived there early
    In time to see rehearsal
    And John came out and lip-synched
    His new lite beer commercial
    And as the crowd arrived
    As far as I could see
    The faces were all different
    There was no one there like me

    They sat in golden circles
    And waiters served them wine
    And talked through all the music
    And paid to John paid little mind
    And way up in the nosebleeds
    We watched him on the screen
    They'd hung between the billboards
    So cheaper seats could see

    Johnny rock that golden circle
    An all those VIP's
    And that music that had freed us
    Became a tired routine
    And I saw his face in close-up
    Trying to give it all he had
    And sometimes his eyes betrayed him
    You could see that he was sad
    And I tried to rock on with him
    But I slowly became bored
    Could that man on stage
    With everything
    Somehow need some more?

    There was no use in pretending
    No magic left to hear
    All the music gave me
    Was a craving for lite beer
    As I walked out of the arena
    My ears began to ring
    And money became king"
    This song was last modified on November 23rd, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Warner/chappell Music, Inc..
    Written by Tom Petty.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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