Work Song (Single Version)

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(Single Version) (Recorded July/August 1978 - Previously released November 1979.) With an introduction that foreshadowed the industrial movement, multiple sections make this complex musical / vocal piece a social commentary for the working man, featuring an intricate group vocal performance.

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Work Song (Single Version)

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
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 the 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
When does it stop so you can relax?
Get up in the morning work for your money
No one help you out
You’re stuck like millions working everyday
Just work work work work
Work work work work
Work work work work work
It won’t stop
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 seems the same you did your work
Work work work work
Work work work work

Written in 1977 by Skafish
© 1978 Skafish (Skafish Music/BMI)

credits

from What's This? 1976​-​1979, track released April 1, 2008
Personnel:
Skafish – Lead Vocals, Piano, Lead Guitar
Larry Mazalan - Guitar, Slide Whistle, Vocals
Karen Winner - Guitar, Adapted Slide Guitar, Vibraslap,
Vocals, Chorus and End Section Co-Lead Vocal
Mark Winner - Electric Piano, Organ, Vocals
Greg Sarchet – Bass Guitar, Bugle, Vocals
Larry Mysliwiec - Drums

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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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