Production engineer Don Gooch explained the meaning of this song in Johnny Rogan's Complete Guide To The Music of CSN&Y
: "Basically enjoy the music for what it is and if you can relate to it from your own personal experiences, do so. As for 'Take the Money,' it is basically about managers in general and people who don't give a damn about anything but the money. Those people think that money is the 'end,' when it should be a 'means to an end.' If you knew the horror stories behind that [CSNY 1974] tour you would have a complete understanding of the song but I am sure if you use your imagination in your own life experiences, it will apply and become clear to you also. Most songs are based on personal experiences (good or bad) and while the exact experiences is personal it also will apply in some form to each individuals experiences in the same areas."
DeeTheWriter - Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation