When Jack Antonoff sat down to write Bleachers’ latest single, he had only one phrase in mind, “Don’t Take the Money.” And, no, he does not mean actual money at all.
According to the singer’s Instagram, “Don’t Take the Money” is “about following a light. A gut feeling. Not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you.”
hi. today i'm releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i'm dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album – some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i'll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don't take the money is the front door to this house. it's a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it's not about actual money. it's about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it's become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don't take the money i'm taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? when you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that's when it's all clear. as much as i say don't take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that's what i'm doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i'm working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers. ok. i'm in bed and just woke so i'm very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i've missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i'm ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here's the first – and here's tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much. jack x dttm x
If you are confused now, wait until you see the music video.
The video, directed by Antonoff’s partner Lena Dunham, is visually like a surrealist Dahlí painting. The colors are bright and vivid and compliment the song well. It also features Antonoff in a sailor’s outfit getting married to a girl he barely knows. In the end, Antonoff ends up getting beat up by a girl who looks like his potential wife’s twin.
The song itself has powerful lyrics, and one can easily tell it was written about the ups and downs of a relationship. According to Antonoff, a lot went into this song’s creation, and it was a struggle to come up with a sound that was pretty with lyrics that were meaningful and real.
The BleachersVEVO video “Bleachers – Making of Don’t Take the Money” highlights this hardship as Antonoff takes the viewer through his thought and creative process while producing this song, which features the pop singer Lorde. It is truly amazing to see how with the twist of a few knobs and plucks of a few guitar and bass strings Antonoff makes something fantastic.
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