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Song Released: 2014

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Boys workin on empty
Is that the kinda way to face the burning heat?
I just think about my baby
I'm so full of love I could barely eat
There's nothing sweeter than my baby
I never want once from the cherry tree
Cause my baby's sweet as can...


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    Aug 17th, 8:17pm report

    This is a sad little love song. I think the song purely is about love and he loves her so much that even if he passed away he would crawl home to her. I think it's a song about unconditional love really.


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    Dec 4th, 2018 12:00pm report

    This is a love song about a man who works a physically hard job but knows that someone loves him and waits for him. After his death, he visualizes himself still returning to her.


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    Nov 6th, 2018 11:04pm report

    He killed the baby


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    Oct 31st, 2018 10:31pm report

    This song is 100% about heroin if u have ever done it. U would understand. It makes u sick with a fever & feel like death if u don’t have it. U will wish u were dead that’s how bad it makes u feel. BUT NO MATTER HOW CLOSE TO DEATH YOU FEEL u will get up & go get it as soon as u find it. Hence the name “work song” bc he is working to find his one true love his everything at that moment & unfortunately it is a drug. Boys working on empty meaning he has no heroin to put the lighter to the spoon. I swear it’s a double meaning song u could think it’s truly ab real love but it’s about loving the drug.


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    Jul 30th, 2018 7:21am report

    He is a hard labourer who just thinking about his wife back home.


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    Jan 14th, 2018 1:28am report

    A man made a "drunken sin" and woke up to a broken woman "with her walls all around" and "nothing in her room but an empty crib" and despite "what (his) hands and (his) body done" to her, she "...fret none".

    Despite inflicting pain to her (perhaps sexual abuse, physical harm, or the sort), she remains faithful and loving. The man recognizes this and begins to see her as a symbol of redemption and hope. Death won't stop him and he doesn't need religion to save him. She is all he needs.

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