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    The digipack CD package includes the restored album cover, photos (circa 1979), a 16 page booklet that contains every lyric (both sung and spoken), along with the original and reissue credits.

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    The digipack CD package includes the restored album cover, photos (circa 1979), a 16 page booklet that contains every lyric (both sung and spoken), along with the original and reissue credits, personally autographed by Skafish.

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    Black t-shirt with full-color album cover on front. Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL. The shirts are Gildan 5000 Heavy 100% preshrunk cotton. T-shirt comes in a plastic bag.

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Avant-garde organized sound, along with the atonal and noise-based improvisation of the intro lead into a Skafish punk/rock/alternative anthem featuring a complex vocal arrangement, where band members and Skafish alternate singing one syllable at a time an octave apart to create words and a continuous vocal line on the chorus. The lyrics discuss the nobility and futility of the working man while the music veers through a variety of sections, ultimately reaching its climax with the repeated shouts of “Work!”

lyrics

What's the average guy gonna do?
What's the average guy gonna do?
He just has a labor job
He can't find a better job
Work all day in the steel mill
Be a cop or drive a truck
Get a four-year college degree
End up in the factory
Be the man who works all day
You get your pay
Spend it on a Friday night

Life's not great but it's not bad
You don't think much about being sad
You just do what you have to do
Work all day you got a job to do
Muscles work
Your body is as hard as rock
Hit him like a rock tonight

Drive the car through morning traffic
Punch the clock and start the day
The loud machines ring in your ear
The air is grey, your body’s aching
(Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh)
When does it stop so you can relax?
Get up every morning, work for your money

There's a bar right down the street
After work the guys meet
They're dirty and hot, they want a beer
They watch the baseball game here
Chicago Cubs will play today
They're gonna shout, "Hey! Hey!”
Blacks and whites and Mexicans
Ethnic men from Poland
Call your friends
You'll have some fun when you get drunk
Drinking with the guys tonight

Drive the car through morning traffic
Punch the clock and start the day
The loud machines ring in your ear
The air is grey, your body’s aching
(Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh)
When does it stop so you can relax?
Get up every morning, work for your money
No one helps you out
You're stuck like millions, working every day
Just work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work,
Work, work, work, work, work, it won't stop
(Uh, uh) Ah (uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh)
All the men work, they're stuck in the middle
Nowhere near richness but they aren't starving
Taxes, food, car payments, electric bills
Oh, but you're not starving

Now you’re an old man
Do you get to retire?
Or do you die soon from a heart attack?
You worked your whole life and broke your back
Every day just seemed the same, you did your work,
work, work, work, work,
work, work, work, work

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from SKAFISH (2019 Remastered Reissue), released November 29, 2019

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Skafish Chicago, Illinois

Chicago and Indiana's first punk, new wave, alternative, indie and underground rock artist, and a pioneer of these art forms internationally. Skafish made his first record in 1970, has released 7 LP’s, toured/performed with such artists as The Police, Ramones, Iggy Pop, XTC, UB-40, Stranglers, The Cramps, English Beat, Sha Na Na, Scorpions, & U-2, and appeared in the film "Urgh! A Music War! ... more

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