No chance of leaving Pink Floyd out of the music and money conversation.
Released in March of 1973 on the “Dark Side of the Moon” album, Money is a bit of a criticism of conspicuous consumption.
Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you're O.K.
Money, it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four-star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team
Conspicuous consumption or keeping up with the Joneses is a danger no matter how much income we have. Money can be confused with success and we chase the baubles that signify status in our society. We can fritter away fortunes and end up both broke and unhappy.
A healthier view of money is that it is a tool to help us live happier more fulfilling lives. It won’t make us better people by itself, but it can give us opportunities and open doors that can make us better people. Money at its best allows us to pursue an education, care for our families, and give back to our community.