A few of the comments on my Poor Mommy, Rich Daddy post really hit home on the financial imbalance that can result from divorce. I don’t think it’s possible or maybe even equitable to create a system where both partners in a marriage have the same financial/earning position after divorce. And I think when that imbalance is an issue, it’s often because there are unresolved emotional issues and one party is still trying to control the other. That happens even inside marriage. It’s not money itself that’s the issue, it’s our individual philosophies about money.
So all that got me thinking about songs related to money and I thought it would be fun to post them so here goes:
You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones
This is my all-time favorite band and this song ranks high on my favorites list:
You can’t always get what you want
And if you try sometimes
You just might find
You get what need
I’ve been trying to teach my children the difference between “want” and “need.” I think it’s hard for kids these days when they are bombarded with cool technology and they are so curious. This song also has another meaning for me – you might not even realize what need until it’s staring you in the face and then you might be realize you’ve been wanting the wrong thing all this time.
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles.
Everyone knows these lyrics, don’t they? “Money can’t buy me love, Everybody tells me so” – I hear my kids talking about how much money they’re going to earn when they grow up and what they’re going to buy with it. I even overheard them talking about the private island they were going to buy together. Do they know it won’t necessarily make them happy?
Money, Money, Money – ABBA
I work all night, I work all day
to pay the bills I have to pay
and still there never seems to be
a single penny left of me.
I can honestly and thankfully say I’m not in this situation, but there are many who are. I do feel guilty spending money on me. Probably some issue buried deep inside there … I have lots of issues around money 🙁
Material Girl – Madonna
The boy with the cold hard cash is always right,
Cos we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
I think this song speaks to what we’re afraid will happen if our children are showered with gifts, toys, expensive outings etc. And that line about the boy with the cash – I think we all hope our children will choose dating partners based on affection rather than cash.
Money’s Too Tight To Mention – Simply Red
While the Beatles might not care too much for money, I know that I need to have a certain amount of income to feel comfortable, to know that I can provide for my kids and myself. It’s really difficult for me to be happy when the money’s tight .
Do you have some favorite songs that speak to you about money?