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10 Songs About Stealing Something Other Than a Heart

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These songs won't steal your heart!

These songs won't steal your heart!

Stealing Songs

To have your heart stolen has served as a basis for myriads of popular songs, a metaphorical theft that has grown stale because of overuse. Decades ago, Van Morrison used it in the hit “Steal My Heart Away,” and even One Direction cashed in on the metaphor with “Stole My Heart.”

Rarely have artists ever actually written songs about a literal theft, even though that crime happens much more frequently than someone falling in love. Here are ten of the instances when songs actually feature stealing, be it a car or a musical instrument or a sum of money.

Songs About Stealing

  1. "Grand Larceny" by John Gorka
  2. "Alice Childress" by
  3. "Take the Money and Run" by the Steve Miller Band
  4. "Look Sharp" by Joe Jackson
  5. "Did You Steal My Money" by the Who
  6. "Magneto and Titanium Man" by Paul McCartney and Wings
  7. "Lil Cal's Big Mistake" by the Knack
  8. "Dreadlock Holiday" by 10cc
  9. "Last Night" by Traveling Wilburys
  10. "One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash

1. "Grand Larceny" by John Gorka

  • Album: Temporary Road
  • Year released: 1992

When the folk singer's van gets robbed after a show near what used to be Three Rivers Stadium, he quips, “Pittsburgh has the Steelers, the Pirates, and the thieves.”

2. "Alice Childress" by Ben Folds Five

  • Album: Bens Fold Five
  • Year released: 1995

The title character is being made fun of for her naivete on this track from the self-titled debut, so getting beaten up and robbed makes for an appropriate final verse.

3. "Take the Money and Run" by the Steve Miller Band

  • Album: Fly Like an Eagle
  • Year released: 1976

According to the first single from Fly Like an Eagle, Billy Joe and Bobby Sue had nothing better to do than shoot a man and loot his home.

4. "Look Sharp" by Joe Jackson

  • Album: Look Sharp!
  • Year released: 1979

“They rob you blind on every street,” says a man to the singer, who right then was helping himself to the former's watch and wallet during this title track.

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5. "Did You Steal My Money" by the Who

  • Album: Face Dances
  • Year released: 1981

Vocalist Roger Daltrey asks this question in every verse of this Face Dances track, covering several different instances of theft and even battery.

6. "Magneto and Titanium Man" by Paul McCartney and Wings

  • Album: Venus and Mars
  • Year released: 1975

Banks is on the hit list of these two characters from the Venus and Mars album, whose single “Listen What the Man Said” overshadowed this delight as well as “Medicine Jar.”

7. "Lil Cal's Big Mistake" by the Knack

  • Album: Round Trip
  • Year released: 1981

The quartet's third and best album, Round Trip, offered this catchy tale of a criminal's patsy.

8. "Dreadlock Holiday" by 10cc

  • Album: Bloody Tourists
  • Year released: 1978

Vacationing in Jamaica cost 10cc to lose his silver chain, but his fortunes changed when he met the babe drinking pina colada in the next verse.

9. "Last Night" by Traveling Wilburys

  • Album: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
  • Year released: 1988

Tom Petty and Roy Orbison share lead vocals on this lament of a one-night stand that ended with a robbery immediately after an impromptu marriage proposal. Talk about stealing!

10. "One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash

  • Album: One Piece at a Time
  • Year released: 1976

This song tells the story of an autoworker who steals a part each day until he has enough to build his own car over the span of many months.

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