Song of the Day, February 27: Rich Girl by Daryl Hall + John Oates

HallOatesRichGirlToday’s song is Rich Girl by Hall and Oates. Daryl Hall wrote the song about a man who had dated his girlfriend (and frequent songwriting partner) Sara Allen. The man was a fast food heir and abused his monetary power to get away with misbehaviors of all sorts. Hall changed the phrase “rich boy” to “rich girl.”

The single had some apocryphal notoriety. Many listeners thought it was written about heiress-kidnapee-terrorist Patty Hearst. Some sources claimed that the Son of Sam killer was inspired to begin his murder spree by the song. Both stories have been debunked, but they added to the song’s mystique.

It’s a wonderful kiss-off song. Simple but potent music backs one of Hall’s best early vocals as he spits out his disdain with ironic musicality. The delightful package was compelling enough to become the duo’s first (of six) number one hits.

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

Enjoy this great 70s hit today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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