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Love & Greed
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Chan Kinchla

I want to tell you about something special
I want to tell you what makes men need
I think I'm talking 'bout what we all get into
I think I'm talking 'bout love & greed

You can take it anyway but take it at your own speed
'Cause you wouldn't be the first to fall to love & greed

A man in love gonna take to wanting
A greedy man gonna do the same
One is a man before congratulations
One gonna make you feel the need to blame

You say there's a difference but look once again
When you're living on the tastes of a different man
Love and greed are one and the same

A man in love willing to walk through fire
A greedy man like a moth to a flame
A man in love willing to go half crazy
A greedy man likely to go insane

You can take it anyway but take it at your own speed
'Cause you wouldn't be the first to fall to love & greed

So the trap's been set and you've took the bait
You saw it all go down just a little too late
But now you're hooked and to your surprise
You saw how some of it was real and some was lies
But you're in too deep 'cause you care too much
And there's never been a cure for that as such
You could see prison bars or call it home sweet home
But like it or not you're no longer alone

A man in love don't know what he's doing
A greedy man always says he does
A man in love sold his soul up the river
That's where a greedy man's soul always was

You can take it anyway but take it at your own speed
'Cause you wouldn't be the first to fall to love & greed

1993 Blues Traveler Pub. Corp.

First release: Save His Soul
Released: 04/06/1993
Earliest time played: 09/22/1989
Last time played: 07/04/2013
Playing frequency:
  700 plays (see all shows)
  37.67% of shows in the database
  38.21% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  Formerly known as "One and The Same"

Other recordings of "Love & Greed":
  Blues for the Mitten State, 1993
  Love and Greed, 1993
  HORDE Sampler '93, 1993
  When the Lights Go Down, 1994
  Jones for the Blues, 1994
  Run-Around, 1994
  HORDE Sampler '94, 1994
  Hook/Love & Greed, 1995
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Nascar 2000 [Sony PlayStation], 1999
  Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics, 2002
  Live: Thinnest Of Air, 2003


like a moth to a flame
Moths will often circle around lighted objects - light bulbs and open flames - because they typically guide themselves by the moon, keeping it at a constant angle for navigation.
sold his soul up the river
The expression "sold down the river" (not up, as written here) is a reference to the days of slavery in the United States, when slaves who were less desirable were sold to the sugar plantations - backbreaking work by any standard - further down the Mississippi River. Nowadays, to be "sold down the river" means to be exploited or betrayed.