Song Lyric Sunday — Rich Girl

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams is once again going with a suggestion from Paula of Light Motifs II. The theme is songs that mention Money, Gold, Silver, or Rich. I have selected the song “Rich Girl” from Daryl Hall & John Oates.

“Rich Girl” debuted on the Billboard Top 40 on February 5, 1977, at number 38 and it was the first of Hall & Oates six number-one singles on the Billboard Top 100. The single originally appeared on the 1976 album Bigger Than Both of Us and propelled the duo to superstardom.

The song’s lyrics were about a spoiled girl who could rely on her parents’ money to do whatever she wanted. The song was rumored to have been about the then-scandalous newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. But the character in the song was actually based upon the spoiled heir to a fast food fortune who had dated Sara Allen, Daryl Hall’s longtime girlfriend. Her stories of him inspired Hall to write the song, but he had to change the main character to a girl, since he was the one who would be singing it.

Hall later revealed in an interview that the guy he wrote this song about was Victor Walker. Victor’s father owned The Walker Bros. Original Pancake House chain and also owned 15 KFC franchises. When I lived in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook back in the early 80s, The Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Highland Park was one of my favorite places to go for Sunday breakfast with my family.

Anyway, Hall said Walker came to their apartment acting very strange, and Daryl realized that he could get away with it, since his father would pay to make his problems go away.

Hall was shocked when he found out that the infamous serial killer, David “Son Of Sam” Berkowitz, claimed to have been inspired to murder by this song. But that was unlikely, since the song was released after Berkowitz started his killing spree. Still, it was very disturbing for Hall and Oates to have their song associated with Berkowitz, and they made reference to this in their 1980 song “Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)” from their Voices album in the lyrics: “Charlie liked The Beatles, Sam he liked Rich Girl.”

Here are the lyrics to “Rich Girl.”

You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway
You can rely on the old man's money
You can rely on the old man's money
It's a bitch girl, but it's gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway
Say money, money won't get you too far, get you too far

And don't you know, don't you know
That it's wrong to take what he's giving you
So far gone on your own
But you can get along if you try to be strong
But you'll never be strong cause

You're a rich girl (rich girl), and you've gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway (rich girl)
You can rely on the old man's money
You can rely on the old man's money
It's a bitch girl (rich girl) and it's gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway (rich girl)
Say money, money won't get you too far, get you too far

High and dry, out of the rain
It's so easy to hurt others when you can't feel pain
And don't you know that a love can't grow
Cause there's too much to give
Cause you'd rather live for the thrill of it all, oh

You're a rich girl (rich girl), and you've gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway (rich girl)
You can rely on the old man's money
You can rely on the old man's money
It's a bitch girl (rich girl), and it's gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway (rich girl)
Say money, but it won't get you too far
Say money, but it won't get you too far
Say money, but it won't get you too far, get you too far

And you say you can rely on the old man's money
You can rely on the old man's money
You're a rich girl (rich girl), a rich girl
Oh, you're a rich, bitch girl (rich girl) yeah
Say money, but it won't get you too far
Oh, give it to me baby....

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Rich Girl

  1. Nope, Not Pam May 22, 2022 / 3:54 am

    Love Hall and Oates. Great song writers 😊

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  2. newepicauthor May 22, 2022 / 8:00 am

    Loved the song and all of the details that you dug up on it Fandango.

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  3. Marleen May 22, 2022 / 10:01 am

    Warning, for the headphones it whatever, it’s loud.

    “Jesus Christ Pose”

    And you stare at me In your Jesus Christ pose Arms held out Like you’ve been carrying a load And you swear to me You don’t want to be my slave But you’re staring at me Like I, like I need to be saved, saved Like I need to be saved, saved In your Jesus Christ pose In your Jesus Christ pose

    Arms held out In your Jesus Christ pose Thorns and shroud Like it’s the coming of the Lord And I swear to you That I’d never feed you pain But you’re staring at me Like I’m, like I’m driving the nails, nails Like I’m driving the nails, nails Like I’m driving the nails (Nails) Nails (Nails), nails (Nails) Like I’m driving the nails (nails), nails In your Jesus Christ pose In your Jesus Christ pose Arms held out In your Jesus Christ pose Thorns and shroud It’s the coming of the Lord

    Would it pain you more to walk on water Than to wear a crown of thorns It wouldn’t pain me more to bury you rich Than to bury you poor Poor (in your Jesus Christ pose) Poor (in your Jesus Christ pose)

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    • Marleen May 22, 2022 / 12:47 pm

      Pastor somebody or other and a son listen.
      (This is a quieter way to get a sense of it.)

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  4. Marleen May 22, 2022 / 12:58 pm

    Hall was shocked when he found out that the infamous serial killer, David “Son Of Sam” Berkowitz, claimed to have been inspired to murder by this song. But that was unlikely, since the song was released after Berkowitz started his killing spree.

    That kind of switcharoo is common with abusive personalities. (Not only murderers or serial killers.)

    I had one or two Hall and Oats albums, one of very few records I owned (always albums rather than forty-fives).

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    • Marleen May 23, 2022 / 12:18 pm

      One America News LIARS FINALLY ADMIT
      there was No widespread [2020] voter fraud

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