Put Your Money On Me

Album: Everything Now (2017)
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  • This heart-tugging ballad finds Win Butler singing about a troubled relationship, which he's desperate to maintain.

    Put your money on me
    If you think I'm losing you, you must be crazy
    All your money on me
    I'm never gonna let you go, even when it's easy
    Put your money on me


    Butler is urging his love interest not to leave him.
  • Speaking in a Song Exploder podcast, Butler said that he wrote "all the lyrics very, very fast". The influences for the song that the Arcade Fire frontman cited include Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," Vangelis's Blade Runner soundtrack and the vocal harmonies of ABBA.
  • U2 and Bob Dylan producer Daniel Lanois contributed pedal steel guitar to the track.
  • Arcade Fire released a "double music video" featuring "Put Your Money On Me" and another Everything Now track "We Don't Deserve Love". The joint visual was directed by David Wilson, who has worked with the band since he shot the music clip for "We Exist."

    The 13-minute short film was co-written by the band themselves and stars Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine) as an Everything Now corporate executive making a deal with Arcade Fire for just "98% of future earnings."

    "The concept of a double video really appealed to us", said Win Butler. "We'd always loved songs being put together as A and B sides... and these songs seemed perfect together. David has been a great collaborator for us since Reflektor and we were finally able to work with Toni whom we'd been wanting to work with for some time."

    Wilson added: "The ambition and scale of the piece was huge from the outset. I adore working with Arcade Fire - reacting to their vision and scale is a beautiful thing to creatively respond to. The belief and trust in me from the band made this one of the best experiences of my career. It's an as-close-to-perfect collaboration that I can think of with me and Win hitting e-mails backwards and forwards continually over the formation of the script. The connection, communication and enthusiasm from the band on the multiple shoot days led to an extremely tight bond. I'm super excited for this to be out in the world."
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