Vampire Weekend - Rich Man Lyrics




When I was young, I was told I'd find
One rich man in ten has a satisfied mind
And I'm the one

100 to one says I wouldn't react
But I'm the 1 in 100 who will swing right back
Yes I'm the one

Thousands of steps and staircases to climb
Thousands of men you'd most likely decline
And yet I'm the one

10,000 to 1, could I possibly bet?
I'm compelled by your love and I haven't lost yet
Clearly you're the one

One in a million don't mean what it meant
And these millions of gold coins won't gleam when they're spent
And you're left with none

Ten million dollars
Could win the whole lot
But if ten million dollars is all that you got
You won't be the one

Hundreds of millions of papers to sign
Hundreds of millions of souls left behind
And yet we're the ones

A billion to one
Don't the odds make you sick?
To be one in a billion's a terrible trick
You're the wretched one





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Vampire Weekend Rich Man Comments
  1. Daniel Suárez Biermann

    Excelent Song! Its amazing to find bands that stay creative and loyal to their style! Great Job! was waiting for your album for years. Please dont try to make mainstream music, a big mistake many bands do, because they dont understand that being different makes you unique! Sorry my bad English =D

  2. Gabriel LC

    This album has helped me get through my heartbreak more than I could've thought hahaha, honestly, THANK YOU VAMPIRE WEEKEND! ❤, you guys helped heal me!

  3. jean pelletier

    Yedna pivot prosim -jeanjean

  4. Alex Willard

    se rogie
    wants his royalty

  5. D Hrishik

    Atleast there still some singers who makes old school music.

  6. Matthew Shafer

    This album is the background music to every commercial that i wonder what the name of the song was in it ....spooky .

  7. Wilo Polis

    I still love this song, even if a certain melon trashed it

    Supuhfuzz

    Ooh what melon

    Wilo Polis

    @Supuhfuzz What do you mean what melon, what other melon is there

    The one with the best teeth in the game

    Beany_weanerson

    Who the fuck?

  8. bacchante1

    This sounds to me like a kid's song for learning multiples of 10 -- it's simple, and catchy. And I mean that in a GOOD way.

  9. bruno silva

    Muito daora

  10. redskeletonart2

    This song is beautiful. I think I got the meaning down but I’m not fully sure. Is he talking about how being rich would be so great and it’s easy to be a kind rich man, and then the more money you have it gets harder to be a good person?

    Wilo Polis

    Or maybe about how rich people have completely ridiculous and pretentious expectations for their spouses? Idk, I guess there's a few interpretations

  11. alatasam

    super duper cool

  12. Renz Galiza

    0:54 BEST PART AND U KNOW IT

  13. Ryan Smith

    Incredible little tune. Everything is perfect.

  14. Pineapple_Oasis

    Why do I feel like this should be in Spongebob? Just me?

  15. Kodchakorn Thammakeerati

    like feat.rostam. some part of song sound like "Wood, Rostam"

  16. Wilo Polis

    This album just gets better and better the more times I listen to it

  17. elmaestruli96

    The start of the song reminded me to some song. After a few weeks I figured it out :)


    Beach boys- Wouldn´t it be nice -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD4sxxoJGkA

  18. Ardenne

    Reminds me of the song Papa Hobo by Paul Simon

  19. Louis

    Awww yes this is the sound we want from Vampire Weekend! A timeless tune that makes you nostalgic.

  20. efcdom1878

    This sounds like it was made for a Wes Anderson film

  21. rAVi D

    Great tune 👍... I’m taking my 9 year old son to red rocks in October for his first official “show”... please play richman on Wednesday... 😍

  22. iAmWheelss

    Reminds me of Snow White

  23. Raleigh Joyner

    Those strings are giving me so much Merchant-Ivory Indian cinema from the late 1960s

  24. elias karago

    I love you vampire weekend! Hope Rostam comes back.

  25. Luke Summers

    2:15 great humming Ezra

  26. Sergio Marcos Santiago

    A no ma, me recuerda a los hermosos huapangos, buena canción, contiene mucha alegría.

  27. SuperTwilightZoned

    Wow incredible song. I could have sworn they sampled S.E. Rogie on the guitar or something like that. Absolutely beautiful

  28. Lydia Su

    Fave track! Honestly reminds me a lot of Gentleman Jack

  29. Theodore Astor

    This one reminds me of those old black and white cartoons

  30. 0=Axel=0

    This reminds me of the opening song from Disney's Robin Hood, the one the rooster sings.

  31. BluesClueless

    Reminds me of Andrew bird

  32. BluesClueless

    This guitar melody is so sweet. It sounds like a Spanish love song you found on an old record

    James Walton Ingham

    S.E.Rogie...'Please Go Easy With Me'...

  33. Pat Reilly

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7FXFzpAwpA

    Pat Reilly

    the sampled song. I fucking love S.E. Rogie

  34. John Charlton

    Wonderful!

  35. Jesús Morales

    I feel almost every song of this album can perfectly fit into a movie soundtrack

  36. Oddly Woddly

    I only now realized that as the song goes on the numbers keep increasing.

    Wilo Polis

    Holy crap you're right

  37. Chris Stephens

    I hear a Penguin Cafe Orchestra influence in the music and there's nothing wrong with that.

  38. Vanshika Rathore

    It takes my breath away, THE VIOLIN!! SENDING LOVE FROM INDIA

  39. Michelle Steinkraus

    Their music needs to be in a Wes Anderson film already.

  40. Brian Langle

    Damn those strings though...

  41. dt3sh

    I cannot properly put in to words how much I love this band

  42. Jose Alberto Martinez

    I don´t now why but this song reminds me the Pinochio movie.

  43. Júlia Marsellés

    I learned to multiply x10 with this song. thanks Ezra!

  44. davidsotoproductions

    This song sounds like it fits in perfectly in VW’s debut album

    Jose Rodriguez

    Not their debut but definitely Contra in my opinion.

    Penguin Fellow

    Jose Rodriguez Can’t be Contra, it isn’t boring

    Davy Roger

    @Penguin Fellow Is White Sky boring to you

  45. taylz1200

    Wow. Guarantee this all grows in popularity. This is so beautiful, and so are their other songs. Glad I've discovered them!

  46. emmieXbear

    Does that violin give anyone else Wizard of Oz vibes?

  47. 11Dubs30

    The sound on that guitar is perfect. Old and new all in one.

  48. Stephen Izzo

    A lot of these songs feel like they come straight from the bands lives

  49. AlbyTheMovieCreator

    it fucking got stuck in my mind. best band ever on earth

  50. Catherine Limbada

    Sounds like something you'd hear in a Wes Anderson film 😍😍😍

    Kingken16

    Catherine Limbada the violin definitely reminds me of one of the tracks off Darjeeling Limited!

  51. Jesh GC

    ♥️♥️♥️♥️🇵🇪🚀

  52. Ed Mazurek

    sampled from s.e. rogie's please go easy with me

  53. thewhatness

    Anyone else notice how the lyrics cleverly increase by a base power of 10?

    Qazwsxedc Plmoknijb

    thewhatness Perhaps he couldn’t come up with a ‘hundreds of thousands’ verse :)

  54. César Sarmiento

    ¿Paul Simon vibes?

    Joe Lennon

    Not just vibes - the lyrics in the refrains are almost identical to the lyrics in the refrains of Simon's song "You're The One." I think Koenig is heavily winking at the Simon comparisons here...

    Pat Reilly

    I mean its a direct sample of S.E. Rogie

    danny moulton

    Yep, aping Paul Simon's Africanisms

  55. Walternate

    Favorite track on the album. Reminds me of my childhood somehow—feels nostalgic and out of our time. Hard to categorize it.

    Tim Heckerd

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way. A lot of this album makes me feel nostalgic about the 90's even though I was only 6 by the end of them. This album takes me back to a place I hardly knew yet feels so familiar.

    Letícia Cristina

    It reminds me of Spongebob Squarepants

    Wilo Polis

    @Letícia Cristina Lol I was thinking that

  56. Sophie Reed

    Bob dylan feels on this one. LOVE IT.

    Pat Reilly

    S.E. Rogie

    Sophie Reed

    I just mean that it gave me the feel of 60's folk songs/ bob dylan type vocals.

  57. Adam Lalik

    Ezra Koenigs Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Dwight Kurt Schrute III

    Sgt. Ezra

  58. Sophia Anderson

    sweet sweet sweet sweet

  59. F. Toscano

    a Paul Simon le gusta esto

  60. Just Bank

    That background reminds me of Fleetwood Mac's "Never Going Back Again". Pure bliss. 😁

    Kim Baker

    One of my favorite songs and you are spot on.

    James Walton Ingham

    S.E.Rogie...''Please Go Easy With Me'...

  61. TheAndrewj96

    Those violins, though, especially mixed with the synth bass... _ugh._ So good.

    taylz1200

    When you get a chance, check out Black Dialogue by The Perceptionists. Nice violin there too...

    Bob Lofblad

    I'm obsessed with them!

  62. Pearl De Guzman

    I feel like Rostam was involved in this song... the classical sound of Vampire Weekend is him.

    Magic Sorcerer

    eh ezra too

    Nope he was not. He only co-wrote and produced we belong together and additional production on harmony hall. We been robbed.

    Philip Price

    My thoughts exactly, i like ezras new side of things but I hope we ger more Rostam and Ezra collabs

    Rust T

    Considering his solo career isn't exactly setting the world on fire, he should rejoin VW.

    Sophie Reed

    @Rust T agreed

  63. Sébastien Hirel

    Palm wine music sample from S.E. Rogie

  64. Heno

    tasty jam

  65. Peepeepoopoo’s Peepeepoopoo

    Happiness and pain in one beautifully constructed album.

  66. Everytime I hear this sample I have kool AD's "I don't wana do nuthin at all" spinning in my head since he used that sample as well. Check it out: https://youtu.be/p8AWlJlUTSc

  67. Pepper eater Live Stream

    Wish this one didnt have so much of that noisy guitar in the background!

  68. Rodrigo Vega de Llergo

    Violins part would totally fit in a movie

  69. Michael McDonough

    Best song on the album by fucking far

  70. Olivia Hardgrove

    So warm and lovely ahhh what a gift !!!!

  71. Alec Perrotto

    IM SO GLAD THIS ALBUM IS OUT!!!

  72. Cesar Alba Valverde

    Thanks for the great music Vampire Weekend! See you in another 10 years till the next album 😂😂

    DeadButterfly

    prolly 2021

    Sophie Reed

    @DeadButterfly we can hope. Make it happen Ez.

  73. guzik74

    Ironically, even with this title, serious Beatles vibes on this one

    Joseph Elijah Sydney Gil

    guzik74 A White Album, experimental, longer than usual, several short songs

    Pat Reilly

    S.E. Rogie

  74. Kyleigh Caicedo

    These lyrics are so sweet :')

  75. Anukriti Bahuguna

    In love!

  76. 4ltd3l

    Hello my fellow late night VW fans.

  77. Sergej Lovrekovic

    <333333333333333

  78. Sierra Smith

    y e s, f i n a l l y

  79. Kim D

    this whole album feels like a happy and sad love letter. it's beautiful.

    Elinor Boese

    Lovin the violin in this

    Joe Lennon

    I think this one is a love letter to Donald Trump ;)

    Jarryd Linwood

    Best description!!

  80. ricardo alvarez

    México es la verga like si tengo razón

  81. The Gaming Hammy

    First ever comments I love You VAMPIRE WEEKEND!!

  82. Isaac Díaz

    LYRICS
    When I was young, I was told I'd find
    One rich man in ten has a satisfied mind
    And I’m the one

    100 to one says I wouldn't react
    But I'm the 1 in 100 who would swing right back
    Yes, I’m the one

    Thousands of steps and staircases to climb
    Thousands of men you'd most likely decline
    And yet I'm the one

    10,000 to 1, could I possibly bet?
    I'm compelled by your love and I haven't lost yet
    Clearly, you're the one

    One in a million don't mean what it meant
    And these millions of gold coins don't gleam when they’re spent
    You’re left with none

    Ten million dollars could win the whole lot
    But if ten million dollars is all that you got
    You won't be the one

    Hundreds of millions of papers to sign
    Hundreds of millions of souls left behind
    And yet, we’re the ones

    A billion to one, don't the odds make you sick?
    To be one in a billion's a terrible trick
    You're the wretched one

    When I was young, I was told I’d find
    One rich man in ten has a satisfied mind
    And I'm the one

    jpkillmeyer

    Thank you!!

  83. Steven Azzopardi

    BEST TRACK ON THE ALBUM!!

    bookoosandbookoos

    Anthony Fantano would like to have a word with you.

    wuzzix

    True dat !

    Ziggity zoop bop bop Equase

    kalphablue well he’s a big d u m b and is w r o n g

    Jubawub

    I agree

    garfreeek

    @Popcorn Sutton Since nobody's mentioned it yet: I love 2021, totally fits the cheery melancholy of the rest of the album too!

  84. Beep Veep

    OH FRICK YES

  85. rolando josé

    aaaaaaahhhhh

  86. Charlotte Grandon

    AHHHHHHH