Songs about Working
Whistle while you work - or hum, or even sing along if you know the words. These are songs about work, not that work is something you usually want to sing about. But it's a necessary fact of life, so you might as well have a song to go along with it anyway. Now where are those songs about getting paid?
Working songs actually have a long history. The earliest slaves who built the pyramids and the rowers who piloted ships across the Mediterranean from ancient Rome had longs they would sing while working - it helped them all work together to a beat. More modern times bring us the songs first forged by slaves working in the fields of the Southern Plantations. Now, hopefully, your job doesn't make you feel like a slave. But you can still have solidarity with all your working peers.
"Workin' 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by
It's all takin'
And no givin'
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it"
Sonny and Cher
"It's been a hard day's night
and I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night
I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get close to you
you do the things that you do
to make me feel all right"
"For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved
So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke
And chromium steel
And we're waiting here in Allentown"
"But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep"
Ben Folds Five
"Grew a moustache and a mullet
Got a job at chick-fil-a
Citing artistic differences
The band broke up in may
And in june reformed without me
And they’d got a different name
I nuked another grandma’s apple pie
And hung my head in shame"
"How can I just avoid a conversation?
So I wait, come in late. It'd be great
If you transferred out of state"
"But there's nothing wrong with a hard hat and a hammer
Kind of glue that sticks this world together
Hands of steel and cradle of the Promised Land
God bless the working man"
"The sun is hot and that old clock is movin' slow,
An' so am I.
Work day passes like molasses in wintertime,
But it's July.
I'm gettin' paid by the hour, an' older by the minute.
My boss just pushed me over the limit.
I'd like to call him somethin',
I think I'll just call it a day."
Ben Folds Five
"Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine
And if I had an airoplane
I still couldn't make it on time
'Cause it takes me so long
Just to figure out what I'm gonna wear
Blame it on the train
But the boss is already there"
"We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's"
"I never spent a single day in retail
telling people what they want to hear
telling people anything to make a sale
Eating in the food court
with the old and the bored"
"His son is working for the Daily Mail,
It's a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer,
"Shift work, tough work for the busy convenience store clerk
Two feet that hurt, going insane
She's mad at some lad
Drove off and didn't pay for his gas and he won't be the last"
"Callous hands told the story
For this small town Southern man
He gave it all to keep it all together
And keep his family on his land
Like his daddy, years wore out his body
Made it hard just to walk and stand
You can break the back
But you can't break the spirit
Of a small town Southern man"
They Might Be Giants
"Money's all broke, and food's going hungry
If it wasn't for disappointment
I wouldn't have any appointments
Have a nice day, you want it when?
Have a nice day, have a nice day"
David Allan Coe
"Take this job and shove it I ain't workin' here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason I was working for
Ya, better not try and stand in my way
Cause I'm walkin', out the door
Take this job and shove it I ain't working here no more"
Bachman Turner Overdrive
Statler Brothers, The
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