Sam Smith launched his solo career with this song as he felt it was the perfect stepping stone between his hit collaborations with Disclosure and Naughty Boy and his more soulful In the Lonely Hour
sound. "We all knew that it wasn't a song that was going to sell albums as such," he told Digital Spy
. "It felt like a link."
"I was very aware that I wanted to bring the audience that I had captured with 'La La La' and 'Latch' and bring them with me into my record," Smith added. "To do that, I think it was right not to jump straight into 'Stay With Me
.' People would have thought, 'What the hell are you doing?' 'Money On My Mind', I feel, lyrically, set my audience up for the rest of the record. It's honest and brutal."