Rich Girl

Album: Love.Angel.Music.Baby (2004)
Charted: 4 7
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  • This is a remake of "If I Were A Rich Man" from the musical Fiddler On The Roof. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Patrick - Conyers, GA
  • This song is about the kids who are dreaming to be rich. It's not so much a warning as a fun song about having plenty of cash.
  • The pop arrangement of the song was originally performed by British musicians Louchie Lou and Michie One in 1993, although Stefani added and modified the lyrics considerably. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Steve - Gaithersburg, MD
  • Stefani put a lot of Japanese girls in the video. When she was traveling in Japan, she liked the place "Harajuku" which is considered very fashionable. The "Harajuku Girls" are mentioned in the lyrics.
  • Love.Angel.Music.Baby was Stefani's first solo album. This was released as the second single and was a worldwide success, reaching #2 in Australia, #4 in both Canada and the United Kingdom, and peaking at #7 in the United States. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sum Sum - New Delhi, for above 3
  • Stefani and Eve performed this on an episode of Saturday Night Live.
  • Stefani contemplates what life would be like "If I was a rich girl." This is grammatically incorrect. It should be "If I were a rich girl," because subjunctive verbs (in this case, "I were" is the subjunctive mood of the verb "to be") are used to express hypothetical or imaginary situations. Notice the original tune, "If I Were A Rich Man," gets it right.
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Comments: 4

  • Alyssia from Spring, Txi saw fiddler on the roof, and i took me like, two days of singing that song before i was like, wait, why is this tune farmiliar? then i was like, oh!! gwen stefani did a remake of it!! oh, i feel in the loop now!! yup. those are my normal days.
  • Sum Sum from New Delhi, -The video is cool! na na na na na na!
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaShe was in the group No Doubt. She sang lead on most (if not all) of their songs including "Don't Speak" and "Just A Girl."
  • Izzy from Buffalo, Nywait, what group was stefani in?
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