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Art Inspires Art: Money Matters Tonight

Money Matters
By Big Sexy

Inspiration can come from many different places. Usually the thought originates from one idea but gets fleshed out by another. The initial spark for this piece was the minuscule size of my last pay check and a book, Automatic Millionaire by David Bach that I was reading. The body came from listening to Prince’s Money Don’t Matter.

“MONEY MATTERS TONIGHT”

IF YOU DON’T LOVE MONEY

BUT NEED IT

IS IT STILL THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

IF THE LACK OF IT CAUSES UPHEAVAL

IN DAILY LIFE SO YOU ADD STRESS AND STRIVE

WITH THE OLD HEAVE-HO

THE DAILY GRIND AND LEAVE YOUR

HOME BEHIND TO PUNCH THE CLOCK

TRYING TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF INCOME YOU’VE GOT

SO IS THAT MONEY EVIL OR NOT

I NEED TO KNOW

BECAUSE I AM SO

BROKE

NO JOKE

IF BEING POOR MEANT LACKING AIR

I WOULD CHOKE

WHEN I HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT IT WITH MY SIGNIFICANT

WHO, LET ME TELL YOU, IS HEAVEN SENT

THEY MADE ME SEE THE RELEVANCE AND IMPORTANCE

OF THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR BILL

AWARE OF HOW MUCH A DOLLAR WILL

ASSIST IN PAYING ALL THESE DAMN BILLS

SO, EVEN THOUGH IT ABSOLUTELY KILLS ME

TO GIVE UP MY TIME

I GIVE IT UP IN EFFORT TO FIND

THAT FINANCIAL STABILITY

SOUL SEARCHING MY PERSONAL LIST OF ABILITIES

SEEKING THE ONE THAT COVERS BOTH ASPECTS

SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO

SOMETHING THAT WILL GET ME PAID TOO

ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DECISIONS MADE

WHAT DO I DO FOR WORK

WHERE WILL I SPEND MY DAYS

IN WHAT WAY WILL I GET THAT CHECK

IN TRUTH THIS WHOLE DEAL IS A PAIN IN THE NECK

I JUST WANT TO EXPERIENCE LIFE

LIVE OPEN AND FREE

LOVE THE WORLD AND HAVE THE WORLD

LOVE ME

JUST BREATHE

WATCH THE SUNRISE ACROSS THE SEA

FEEL THE EARTH BETWEEN THE TOES ON MY FEET

WATCH THE BIRTH OF A NEW TREE

CLIMB THAT TREE AND PLAY IN THE LEAVES

STILL BE ABLE TO EAT HEALTHY

EVEN THOUGH I’M NOT WEALTHY

OH TO BE WEALTHY THOUGH

TO NOT HAVE TO WORRY SO MUCH

TO NOT FEEL SO OUT OF TOUCH

WITH THOSE AROUND ME WHO HAVE MONEY

TO KNOW THAT IF I NEED SOMETHING I CAN GET IT

BUT RIGHT NOW IF I NEED IT I HAVE TO FORGET IT

TOO MUCH STRESS TO ACHIEVE IT

WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION DO I REALLY NEED IT

I WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED IT

HOW MUCH WE DON’T ACTUALLY

NEED

WE NEED TO DRINK

NEED TO FEED

HAVE THINGS TO HELP IN CASE WE BLEED

A PLACE TO LAY OUR HEAD TO SLEEP

SO WE FACE A QUESTION HARD AND DEEP

WHAT STUFF GOES AND WHAT STUFF TO KEEP

THAT HILL WE CLIMB IS ROUGH AND STEEP

YET WHEN THAT CLIMB IS AIDED

IT’S TOUGH TO NOT FEEL DEGRADED

BROKEN AND HATED

THEY TALK OF THE LOVE OF MONEY

WELL I FUCKING HATE IT

I THINK THE OPPOSITE SHOULD BE

THE HATE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL GOOD

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT ACTUALLY COULD BE

IF HAVING A FREE SPIRIT MEANT YOU COULD LIVE FOR FREE

THE HAPPINESS WE ALL WOULD SEE

UNCLASPED FROM THE SHACKLES OF POVERTY

HOW THAT SOULLESS PRISON BOTHERS ME

ONE DAY SOON I WILL HOPEFULLY

BE FREE FROM THOSE CONSTRAINTS

THOSE BONDS I WILL SHATTER

AND MONEY WON’T MATTER  THAT NIGHT

THE SAME WAY IT MATTERED YESTERDAY

CAUSE THEN I WILL HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH

TO SPREAD MY WINGS AND FLY AWAY

THAT’S WHEN I’LL FIND OUT WE ARE BETTER OFF

WHEN OUR SOULS ARE RIGHT

CAUSE MONEY WON’T MATTER THAT DAY

THE SAME WAY IT MATTERS TONIGHT

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