I've Got Money

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"I've Got Money"
Single by James Brown
from the album Tour the U.S.A.
A-side"Three Hearts in a Tangle"
ReleasedNovember 1962 (1962-11)
RecordedMay 21, 1962, King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Three Hearts in a Tangle"
"I've Got Money"
"Like a Baby"

"I've Got Money" is a song written and recorded by James Brown. It was released as the B-side of Brown's 1962 R&B hit "Three Hearts in a Tangle". It charted on its own, reaching #93 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Both songs appeared on the album Tour the U.S.A..

Biographer R.J. Smith describes "I've Got Money" as "one of the less-known great records of Brown's career":

It's a song whose time has yet to arrive, and it's barely a song. It's like a blueprint of some uncanny object. It's an assemblage of parts: a scimitar guitar chord coming down on the One, a show band horn chorus quoting Judy Garland's "The Trolley Song," and [Clayton Fillyau's] stampeding drums. The parts are arranged in a line, one beside the next - an incomprehensible rebus.[2]

Both Smith and Allmusic's Richie Unterberger point to the song as a stylistic precursor to Brown's later funk recordings.[3]

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown covered "I Got Money" on their 1968 self-titled debut album.


  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Smith, R.J. (2012). The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, 119. New York: Gotham Books.
  3. ^ Richie Unterberger. "I've Got Money - James Brown | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.

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