Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Deal Songs

What’s the deal with The Deal? We value good deals so much that we revere those who claim to be masters of The Deal. Getting something for nothing borders on obsession for some folks.

But nothing’s free, people. Those who love The Deal often forget (or don’t care) that everybody walks away from a good deal a little better off. You got most of what you wanted, I got most of what I wanted, everybody wins. We’re each able to go make more mutually beneficent deals.

But if The Deal means that you get everything and I get nothing, bad things happen. On a personal scale that might mean that I pay twice for one trampoline, but scale the problem up and we’re talking about all kinds of ugliness: bankruptcies, child labor, environmental and safety concerns, trade wars, damaged international relations, on and on.

So be fair when you’re dealing with people, please. Make sure there’s a little meat on the bone for everybody.

Anyway, deal songs:

“Deal Goin’ Down,” ZZ Top.

“Hey Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal,” They Might Be Giants.

“Dirty Deal,” Iggy & The Stooges.

“Monty Got A Raw Deal,” R.E.M.

“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush.

“No Deal,” Townes Van Zandt.

“Mr. Golden Deal,” Tonic.

“Deal With the Preacher,” Bad Company.

There you have it: Eight songs about The Deal. Do you want to throw so more into the negotiation? I’m listening.

5 replies »

  1. “Another Deal Goes Down” – Steve Winwood
    “Real Deal” – George Jones
    “No Money in this Deal” – George Jones
    “Deal With the Ladies” – John Denver
    “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” – Eric Clapton
    “Deal With the Devil” – Judas Priest


  2. “Make sure there‚Äôs a little meat on the bone for everybody.” – Thank you for summing up in one great line my daily rants about the unnecessary rampant greed spreading through the country (the world?) like a virus.

    Songs about The Deal -I cant think of anything right now, but you’ve got three of my faves up there: R.E.M., Kate Bush, and Iggy.
    I know I’ve got one, but it is just out of reach.


  3. Aaaaand, I remember what was at the back of my brain. It is not fully a song about “The Deal” but… may be one of the greatest songs ever written about making a deal when there are no more deals left to make:

    The line is at 4:22 in.


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