Money (That’s What I Want) Lyrics

Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Money (That’s What I Want) Lyrics

The best things in life are free
But you can give them to the birds and bees
I need money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)

Your love give me such a thrill
But your love don’t pay my bills
I need money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)

Solo

Money don’t get everything it’s true
But what it don’t get, I can’t use
I need money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)

Money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Lots of money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Whole lot of money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Ha ha (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Aha ha ha ha ha (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Whoa yeah (that’s what I want… ah ha ha)

Give me money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Ah lots of money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
All of these greens (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Yeah, I’m not saying, that’s what I mean (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Ah ah ah… (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Whoa yeah (that’s what I want… ah ha ha)

Give me money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)
Ah lots of money (that’s what I want, ah ha ha)


Guitar Lessons


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 1

Today we start learning Money (That’s What I Want). Written by Barry Gordy and performed by Barrett Strong.

This is an early Motown hit with an easy to recognize guitar riff that has been covered by many artists and bands since.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 1.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 2 (Free Preview)

Before we get into all the different ways we can play Money (That’s What I Want), we need to clear something up.

We need to talk about and understand, Blues melody language. We will do that by looking to the king of scales, the Minor Pentatonic.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 2.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 3

Today we learn the remaining two shapes of the Minor Pentatonic before we connect all five shapes.

By doing all this hard work now, when it comes to playing the solo, you won’t trip over on not knowing your shapes well enough.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 3.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 4

In this step, you’ll learn ten ways to play the main riff. The aim is that you learn these in order to develop your own version(s) of the riff.

Should that not happen, pick your favorite version(s) from the ten.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 4.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 5

In this step, we have lots to go through. So far, all you’ve got is a bunch of variations of the main riff, the minor pentatonic shapes, and that initial melody.

By the time you finish today, you’ll be ready to play the complete song.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 5.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 6

To notate in TAB what I play in the video is largely counterproductive, Blues is not a style that uses notation.

The goal is not to repeat but to constantly vary the licks, to improvise, to follow the song, to be in the moment.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 6.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 7

In the video lesson, I play the entire song in an improvised way.

I’ll give you the TAB, but please only use this as a starting point as you too should be improvising.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 7.


Money (That’s What I Want) – Step 8

In this final step, we finish our study of Motown’s Record Executive (Berry Gordy) who has told us about his motivation and what he really wants: Money.

We do this as you play the entire song with a recorded live band.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Money (That’s What I Want) is a song written by Motown Record Executive Berry Gordy. First performed by Barrett Strong, it has since been covered by many.

As you learn this, I’ll reveal several ways you could play this song, including how to improvise a solo.

Go to Money (That’s What I Want) chords and guitar lesson.


Barrett Strong

Barrett Strong was the first artist on the Motown label to have a hit. The song was Money (That’s What I Want). Performed by Barrett, it was written by the president of the label and a sign of what was to come.

As well as having his own solo career, Barrett also wrote the lyrics to many of Motown’s biggest hits.

Go to Barrett Strong biography.


Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy is the man behind the hit factory that was Motown. The idea behind the label came from working in a car factory.

Housing the label, the studio, and a house band all in the same building proved to be a masterstroke as Berry set out to discover the greatest superstars of our time.

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