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Take The Money And Run by Steve Miller Band

Album: Fly Like An EagleReleased: 1976Charted:
11
  • This was the first song Miller let a rap group sample. He let Run-D.M.C. use it in 2001 with Everlast also on vocals. Miller agreed only after hearing the song and liking what they did with it.
  • In 2006, the band released a 30th Anniversary Edition of the Fly Like An Eagle album. Included as a bonus track was "Take The Joker And Run," which is an acoustic version of "Take the Money and Run" sung over an early version of "The Joker." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • The title is also the name of an unrelated 1969 Woody Allen film. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
  • The song was also done in a Country style by Canadian Julian Austin in 2000. It's on his Back in Your Life CD. The song always had a Country feel to it, so it works well with fiddles. Austin was born in St. John, New Brunswick. (thanks, Peter - Hamilton, Canada)
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Comments: 33

On May 2nd 1976, "Take The Money and Run" by the Steve Miller Band entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #85; and on July 18th it peaked at #11 (for 1 week) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #8 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
By peaking at #11 on the Top 100 it just missed making the Top 10 but the band's next three releases did; "Rock'n Me" (#1 for one week), "Fly Like A Eagle" (#2 for two weeks), and "Jet Airliner" (#8 for two weeks)...
Mr. Miller will celebrate his 71st birthday this coming October 5th, 2014.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
There is nothing mentioned that Billy Joe killed the man, he just shot him. When the lyrics say castle, that pictures the man as being rich & I don't have much compassion for them. The 70s still had a number of low budget movies made, this would have been a good one, similar like the Steve McQueen flick "The Getaway" from 1972.Mark - Rogers, , Ar
This song was released when I was a junior in high school (Alamogordo, NM). We always thought it was about a couple of kids from our hometown, because they had "...nothing better to do," so they "Headed down to Old El Paso" (80 miles south of Alamogordo). Other than the robbery and murder part, sounds pretty much like what we did.Curtis - Lubbock, Tx
How in any way is this glorifying robbery and murder? Like the very first line suggests, it's a story. Just because it doesn't end with them being caught, it doesn't mean he condones it. Get a clue, don't diss a great song because you can't comprehend its intentions.Mike - Albany, Ny
Buzz, the song has nothing to do with police brutality. Rather it makes role models of sociopaths who would rather steal and kill than be productive members of society. Apparently you are on board with that yourself, and so heap scorn on anyone who believes in accountability for one's actions. Perhaps one day you will be the victim of violent crime; then you'll no doubt be screaming for the apprehension of the culprits. It's not myself I dislike, it's people who have no sense of right and wrong. (Like Steve Miller, judging from the lyrics of this song.)Dave - Houston, Tx
true Skynyrd songValentin - Beijing, China
"Billy Joel caught up with her the very next day" .. and yes.. I know what exactly what the "fax" is...Tj - Boston, Ma
i love how some people in this thread think they are better than a multi-millionair, multi platnum, world reknown, cassic ARTIST, who was against people who (tod, las vegas, NV) use fancy words to euthanize other people, or use nunchucks (Dave, Houston, TX)to twist your arm untill it shatters (police of 1989 L.A.) Steve Miller has earned more credit than any of you, Try not look down your nose at other people because you don't like yourself.Buzz - Peru, Il
Maybe it's just me, but I cannot stand the line "Bobbie Sue took the money and run." This is an amazingly retarded mixing of tenses that wrecks an otherwise catchy song. I mean really Steve, couldn't you have chosen a line that doesn't make my mind explode with grammatical bile?Tod - Las Vegas, Nv
On the Suite Life of Zack and Cody the Hispanic Estebán pronounces Texas and taxes the same way. Doug from Minneapolis, have u seen that Suite Life episode?
Anyone could put the lyrics of "The House of the Rising Sun" to the tablature of "Piano Man" (& vice-versa). Coincidence is not rare.
Dave from Houston, I'm not sure Miller is, well, praising the Bonnie & Clyde lifestyle. After all, the 2nd line is "2 young lovers w/ nothing better to do". To me that sounds like at least a little contempt.
The difference between the duos is that Bill Joe & Bobbie Sue were still running last time Miller checked, & years earlier Bonnie & Clyde were fatally ambushed by the law.
Drew - B'ham, Al
its funny, someone said the lyrics dont have to be shakespearian. not that the two are even close but, miller did exactly what shakespeare did all the time in his rhyming. its called poetic license. its close so you give them the benefit of the doubt. it works.Ryan - Boston, Ma
I love this song.I like the ooh ooh ooh part. It's also a Woody Allen movie.Jennifer Harris - Grand Blanc, Mi
Its catchy, I love it. It was recorded before I was born, but who cares. I mess with my mother-in-law telling her that I'm gonna name my children Billy Joe and Bobby Sue. No one ever gets it. I love this song, it's catchy who cares if its singing about a Bonnie and Clyde type couple, have you listened to music lately?Bobbilyn - Jacksonville, Fl
Stevie Guitar Miller...he Rocks 'n Rules!Eddie - Acton, Me
Well, I agree with Ramon about the lame rhymes. But when you're listening to a song like this, the lyrics don't have to be of Shakespearean (or even Slick Rick) quality. I think that they actually work well with the guitars and drums. Not a great song, but a good one.

As far as its playability with "Sweet Home Alabama": If you listen to enough music, you hear a lot of the same chords and rhythms. After all, there are only so many musical notes and combinations thereof. By the same token, there are only a few basic subjects and storylines, and nearly all films, novels, paintings or other creative works use one or more of them.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now. Peace.
Musicmama - New York, Nc
What does the fact that this was a hit song say about our society? It glorifies two murderous thieves and vilifies the lawman whose job it is to protect society from such scum. Why anyone would consider this a great song is beyond me. I am amazed that I am the first person to even point this out on this website.Dave - Houston, Tx
In my opinion, it ain't good, it's okay. Maybe I'd enjoy this song more than I already do were it not for the lousy rhyming in the fourth stanza (does the chorus count as a stanza?). They commited a crime, they're on the run, we get it. The song would be better if they got rid of that part altogether (hey cool, I just rhymed). Shorter? Yes, but better.Ramon - Long Beach, Ca
This song is BRILLIANT! The melody, vocals(especially the GREAT harmonies), and to some extent the lyrics. Stevie Miller is a genius!! "Sweet Home Alabama" my butt!!Daniel - Springfield, Ma
I don't know what you guys are talking about. You can't sing Sweet Home Alabama with this song, sure, maybe the chorus...but that's it.Larry - Quakertown, Pa
"Miller won a lawsuit in 1990 after The Geto Boys used "The Joker" without permission" May I ask what does that have to do with Take the Money and Run.David - Guelph, Canada
did miller play lead or rythum? really don t care that much, but would like to knowBen - Nyc, Ms
You can also sing "Gimme Three Steps" to "Honkey Tonk Women". The guitar solos are even the same.Jay - Atlanta, Ga
The characters in the song live a life almost identical to that of Bonnie and Clyde.Patrick - Tallapoosa, Ga
Great drummingRob - Vancouver, Canada
Good luck with that, John. Not Steve Millers Best song, but it's good. Good job Steve Miller, you can win any lawsuit w/ the pompatus of love!Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
Oh my gosh! You really CAN sing "Sweet Home Alabama" to it!!Megan - Ozark, Al
dont get me wrong, rap is not my favorite or even something I isten to often at all but it isn't all bad, but I do agree with the sampling songs bit.Jared - Westmont, Nj
Please don't include "rap" and "music" in the same sentence... unless the word "not" is in there as well.Tim - Washington, Dc
Oh i hate it soooo much when rappers sample songs. If rap is so good then why can't they make their own music. I hate rap so much!!Rick - Humboldt, Ia
This song was performed at Steve Miller's open air gig at Giants Stadium in June 1978 (a double bill with the Beach Boys). Steve Miller Band was the first rock act to play Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A few months later the Grateful Dead did a show there.Barry - New York, Nc
Yeah, first time I heard this, I thought... what the h*ll? It's Sweet Home Alabama! My band is trying to put together a medley of the two.John - Calgary, Canada
Great song with perhaps the most insipid lyrics ever. ("Texas" rhymed with "justice, ""facts is," and "Taxes"? - yecch!).Doug - Minneapolis, Mn
You can sing Sweet Home Alabma to this song, its almost identical.Sam - Cleveland, Oh