Take The Money And Run

Album: Fly Like An Eagle (1976)
Charted: 11
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  • Hoo-hoo
    This is a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue
    Two young lovers with nothin' better to do
    Than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube
    And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose
    They headed down to, ooh, old El Paso
    That's where they ran into a great big hassle
    Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle
    Bobbie Sue took the money and run

    Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
    Go on, take the money and run
    Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
    Go on, take the money and run

    Hoo-hoo-hoo, billy Mack is a detective down in Texas
    You know he knows just exactly what the facts is
    He ain't gonna let those two escape justice
    He makes his livin' off of the people's taxes
    Bobbie Sue, whoa, whoa, she slipped away
    Billy Joe caught up to her the very next day

    They got the money, hey, you know they got away
    They headed down south and they're still running today
    Singin' go on take the money and run

    Go on, take the money and run
    Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
    Oh lord, go on, take the money and run
    Hey, yeah, go on, take the money and run, yeah (yeah)
    Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run
    Oh lord, go on, take the money and run, yeah (yeah)
    Hoo-hoo-hoo, go on, take the money and run, oh lord Writer/s: STEVE MILLER
    Publisher: SAILOR MUSIC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 36

  • John from San AntonioI agree with Curtis from Lubbock, “down to old El Paso” likely denotes New Mexicans. I often imagined a couple from Hobbs or Las Cruces but Alamogordo works just as well. Anyone coming from Texas would head “out not down” to get to El Paso. Both terms can be figurative or literal but despite the disagreement of tense for the sake of rhyme and meter and tone let’s give Miller some credit.
  • Herbert Chew from San FranciscoOn Take the money and run, vinyl versus film.
  • David Wheatley from Prince Edward, Ontario"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" - INCORRECT
    N.W.A. sampled Take the Money and Run on 'Something Like That' from Straight Out of Compton, 1988 [Editor's note: Miller didn't authorize that one - nobody was clearing samples back then.]
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn 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.
  • Mark from Rogers, , ArThere 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.
  • Curtis from Lubbock, TxThis 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.
  • Mike from Albany, NyHow 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.
  • Dave from Houston, TxBuzz, 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.)
  • Valentin from Beijing, Chinatrue Skynyrd song
  • Tj from Boston, Ma"Billy Joel caught up with her the very next day" .. and yes.. I know what exactly what the "fax" is...
  • Buzz from Peru, Ili 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.
  • Tod from Las Vegas, NvMaybe 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?
  • Drew from B'ham, AlOn 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.
  • Ryan from Boston, Maits 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.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI love this song.I like the ooh ooh ooh part. It's also a Woody Allen movie.
  • Bobbilyn from Jacksonville, FlIts 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?
  • Eddie from Acton, MeStevie Guitar Miller...he Rocks 'n Rules!
  • Musicmama from New York, NcWell, 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.
  • Dave from Houston, TxWhat 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.
  • Ramon from Long Beach, CaIn 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.
  • Daniel from Springfield, MaThis 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!!
  • Larry from Quakertown, PaI 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.
  • David from Guelph, Canada"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.
  • Ben from Nyc, Msdid miller play lead or rythum? really don t care that much, but would like to know
  • Jay from Atlanta, GaYou can also sing "Gimme Three Steps" to "Honkey Tonk Women". The guitar solos are even the same.
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaThe characters in the song live a life almost identical to that of Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaGreat drumming
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaGood 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!
  • Megan from Ozark, AlOh my gosh! You really CAN sing "Sweet Home Alabama" to it!!
  • Jared from Westmont, Njdont 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.
  • Tim from Washington, DcPlease don't include "rap" and "music" in the same sentence... unless the word "not" is in there as well.
  • Rick from Humboldt, IaOh 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!!
  • Barry from New York, NcThis 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.
  • John from Calgary, CanadaYeah, 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.
  • Doug from Minneapolis, MnGreat song with perhaps the most insipid lyrics ever. ("Texas" rhymed with "justice, ""facts is," and "Taxes"? - yecch!).
  • Sam from Cleveland, OhYou can sing Sweet Home Alabma to this song, its almost identical.
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