Easy Money
Billy Joel Lyrics


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You don't have to talk all night
I'm a man who can't say no
You don't have to twist my arm
Just point me where you wanna go

Take me to the action, take me to the track
Take me to a party if they're bettin' in the back
I've been working all my life, can't afford to wait
Let me call my wife so I can tell her I'll be late

I want the easy, mm
Easy money
Easy money
I could get lucky
Oh, things could go right
I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
Maybe this one time
Maybe tonight

You don't have to try too hard
I don't need a song and dance
I don't need an invitation
If you got a game of chance

Take me to the tables, take me to the fights
Run me like the numbers, roll me like the dice
When you're counting on a killing, always count me in
Talk me into losin' just as long as I can win

I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
I want the good times
Oh, I never had
I want the easy, mm
Easy money
Oh, oh, I want the good life
I want it bad

Easy money
You say I fool myself
But better me than being a fool for someone else
I got a hot slot machine of a system
Ready to go
(Easy money)
I got a one-track mind
And a good reputation laying on the line
I'll either come back a bum or a king
Baby, I don't know

You don't have to start a fire
I'm a man who can't say no
If you got a little risky business
Just point me where you wanna go

Take me to the power, take me to the heat
Take me to the cleaners if it's open to the streets
Something's got to pay off, something's got to break
Someone's got a fortune that they're begging me to take

I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
I could get lucky
Things could go right
Oh, I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
Maybe just this time
Oh maybe tonight

Easy money
I don't want no hard cash
I just want the easy money
Oh, I could get lucky
(Easy money)
Oh, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta, ah




Oh, I gotta go now, baby
(Easy money)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Billy Joel’s song Easy Money depict a man who is seeking to take a break from his hardworking life and indulge himself in the thrill of making money easily without having to work for it. The man is tempted by the possibility of instant gratification from gambling, racing and other forms of easy money-making activities.


The first verse of the song speaks to the man's willingness to go anywhere that promises him easy money, from the racetracks to gambling dens. The chorus reveals his attraction to the idea of "easy money" and the possibility of getting ahead by sheer luck. He doesn't want to work for his money and instead wishes to have life's pleasures without any effort.


The second verse outlines his desire to participate in risky activities that promise quick money, even if it means losing his hard-earned cash. He is willing to try his hand at any game of chance, convinced that he has a good system to win. The bridge of the song conveys that the man understands the risks of what he is doing, but he's willing to take those chances.


The overall tone of the song is cynical, as the man seeks an easy way out of his problems and refuses to work hard for his money. The lyrics serve as a reminder that there are no shortcuts to success and that life is not always about taking risks for a quick buck.


Line by Line Meaning

You don't have to talk all night
I prefer to keep it short and simple


I'm a man who can't say no
I am easily enticed, so no persuasion needed


You don't have to twist my arm
You don't have to force me to do anything


Just point me where you want to go
Just indicate the direction to take and I'm game


Take me to the action
Take me wherever the excitement is


Take me to the track
Take me where people bet on races


Take me to a party if they're bettin' in the back
Take me to a party where people gamble secretly


I've been working all my life
I've been laboring my whole life


Can't afford to wait
I can't take a break from hustling


Let me call my wife so I can tell her I'll be late
Let me inform my spouse that I'll be delayed


I want the easy
I want things that are effortless to get


Easy money
Money that's quickly made and easily earned


I could get lucky
Good fortune might favor me


Oh, things could go right
Yes, circumstances can favor me


Maybe this one time
Perhaps just for today


Maybe tonight
Perhaps this evening


You don't have to try too hard
You don't have to make a big effort


I don't need a song and dance
I don't need a performance to be convinced


I don't need an invitation
I don't need to be invited to join


If you've got a game of chance
If there's a game of probability to play


Take me to the tables
Take me where the gambling activities occur


Take me to the fights
Take me to where people compete intensely


Run me like the numbers
Treat me like part of a system used to compute results


Roll me like the dice
Throw me like the cubes used for gambling


When you're counting on a killing
When you're hoping to gain a fortune


Always count me in
I'm always willing to participate


Talk me into losin' just as long as I can win
Convince me to lose, but only if I still get to win something


I want the good times
I want to experience pleasurable moments


Oh, I never had
Oh, I've never experienced that before


I want the good life
I want to enjoy an affluent lifestyle


I want it bad
I really crave it


You say I fool myself
You claim that I deceive myself


But better me than being a fool for someone else
But I'd rather be my own fool than someone else's


I got a hot slot machine of a system
I came up with a winning strategy


Ready to go
Prepared and eager to try it out


I got a one-track mind
I'm focused on one objective


And a good reputation laying on the line
My good name is at stake


I'll either come back a bum or a king
I'll either return empty-handed or highly successful


Baby I don't know
I'm not sure which will happen


You don't have to start a fight
You don't have to provoke me


If you've got a little risky business
If there's some high-risk activity to engage in


Take me to the power
Take me where influential people do things


Take me to the heat
Take me where it's happening right now


Take me to the cleaners
Take me where people get taken advantage of


If it's open to the street
If it's accessible to everyone


Something's got to pay off
Something has to result in a profit


Something's got to break
Something has to give, and it’ll benefit me


Someone's got a fortune that they're begging me to take
There's a person who's willing to give me their riches


Oh I don't want no hard cash
I don't want money that's earned through hard work


I just want the easy money
I just want the cash that comes easily




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Billy Joel

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@kiefl6718

If you need the lyrics

You don't have to talk all night
I'm a man who can't say no
You don't have to twist my arm
Just point me where you want me to go
Take me to the action
Take me to the track
Take me to a party if they're bettin' in the back
I've been working all my life
Can't afford to wait
Let me call my wife so I can tell her I'll be late

I want easy money
Easy money
Easy money
I could get lucky
Oh, things could go right

I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
Maybe this one time
Maybe tonight

You don't have to try too hard
I don't need a song and dance
I don't need an invitation
If you've got a game of chance
Take me to the tables
Take me to the fights
Run me like the numbers
Roll me like the dice

When you're counting on a killing
Always count me in
Talk to me into losin' just as long as I can win

I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
I want the good times
Oh, I never had
I want the easy
Easy money
I want the good life
I want it bad

Easy money
You say I fool myself
But better me than someone else
I got a hot slot machine of a system
Ready to go
Easy money
I got a one track mind
And a good reputation laying on the line
I'll either come back a bum or a king
Baby, I don't know

You don't have to start a fight
I'm a man who can't say no
If you've got a little risky business
Just point me where you want to go
Take me to the power
Take me to the heat
Take me to the cleaners
If it's open to the street
Something's got to pay off
Something's got to break
Someone's got a fortune that they're begging
Me to take

I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
I could get lucky
Things could go right
I want the easy
Easy money
Easy money
Maybe just this time
Oh maybe tonight
Easy money
Oh I don't want no hard cash
I just want the easy money
I could get lucky



@paulatreides4274

Easy money
You say I fool myself
But better me than being a fool for someone else
I got a hot slot machine of a system
Ready to go
Easy money
I got a one-track mind
And a good reputation laying on the line
I'll either come back a bum or a king
Baby I don't know



All comments from YouTube:

@brian2478

“You say I fool myself. But better me than being a fool for someone else.”

Another great line amongst many

@groofoot

Yep ... makes me think of my boss .... lol and sigh

@milfordcivic6755

I always loved this album, it's a good listen beginning to end. Nothing like a great horn section and a sax.....you don't hear that in modern music anymore!

@condorsouthernlands4730

He always loved having the funnest songs on the first track of his albums. Very few artists care about the order they’re played.🤘

@glenntarn9937

Madness, Sam Fender

@AydenAyers-dw4kh

Cheerleader

@shkid8821

One of Billy Joel's most underrated songs

@koleberdinoch926

Underrated? What do you base thst assumption on?

@WaltGekko

@@koleberdinoch926 It was never released as a single on an album where SIX other songs from 1983-'85 became hits.

@jka56001

Fuck yeah

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