Money Talks

Ray Davies, released on Preservation: Act 2, © Davray Music Ltd. 1974

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[Scene: In Flash's den, a night club partly converted into an office. Sung by Flash, Floosies and Spivs:]

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Show me a man who says he can live without bread

And I'll show you a man who's a liar and in debt.

There's no one alive who can't be purchased or enticed

There's no man alive who wouldn't sell for a price,

Money talks and we're the living proof,

There ain't no limit to what money can do

Money talks, money talks.

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Money can't breathe and money can't see,

But when I pull out a fiver people listen to me.

Money can't run and money can't walk,

But when I write out a cheque I swear to God I hear money talk.

Money talks and, baby, when you've been bought

You pay attention everytime money talks.

Money talks, money talks.

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Money talks and there's no doubt about it

Money talks and we can't live without it,

What's the point of living unless you've got money?

I just couldn't function without money.

Money talks, money talks,

Money talks, money talks.

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Show me an upright respected man

And I'll have him licking my boots when I put money in his hand.

It rots your heart, it gets to your soul,

Before you know where you are you're a slave to the green gold.

Money talks and we're the living proof

There ain't no limit to what money can do.

Money talks you out of your self-respect,

The more you crave it the cheaper you get.

Money talks, money talks.

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Money buys you time and people listen,

Money can buy a smile and make life worth living.

If you're ugly money can improve you.

I just couldn't face the world without mazuma.

Money talks, money talks.

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