Daily Archives: December 29, 2012

Radio XIII, side B, track 3: “Workin’ For A Livin'” by Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and the News Workin For A Livin'

Oh, Huey Lewis and The News, ain’t it the truth?  This song felt exactly like a song about how much having a job sucks should.  It’s a whirlwind of rock, just like every working shmo’s weekend feels like, a quick burst of freedom and then it’s back to the grind.  You get Friday, maybe Saturday, to head to the bar, complain about your job, and then it’s Sunday night and you’ve got to get ready for another long damn week.  What struck me when I first heard this song, Huey Lewis and The News, was in your list of dead-end jobs, you included “ladies of the night”.  I kinda knew what that meant, but it really hadn’t occurred to me that it was a job, at least a job that someone might treat like any factory work, but of course I was naive and wrong, and now I appreciate that those ladies get a little recognition along with the busboys and bartenders.  Also, I misheard “ex-junky” and thought you were singing “axe junky” which I thought was just a hip way of saying “lumberjack”.  Cut me some slack, Huey Lewis and The News, I grew up in Minnesota, the land of Paul Bunyan, and admit it, calling a lumberjack an axe junky actually sounds pretty bad-ass, doesn’t it?

“Workin’ For A Livin'”

Ooo, woah!

Some days won’t end ever
And some days pass on by, I’ll be workin’ here forever
At least until I die

Dammed if ya do
Dammed if ya don’t
I’m s’posed ta get a raise next week, ya know damn well I won’t

Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)

Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)

Workin’ for a livin’
Livin’ and a’workin’
I’m takin’ what they givin’ ’cause I’m workin’ for a livin’

Hey, I’m not complainin’ ’cause I really need the work
But hittin’ up my buddy’s got me feelin’ like a jerk
Hundred dollar car note, two hundred rent
I get a check on Friday
But it’s already spent

Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)

Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)

Workin’ for a livin’
Livin’ and a’workin’
I’m takin’ what they givin’ ’cause I’m workin’ for a livin’

(Woah woah, workin’ for a livin’)
(Woah woah, takin’ what they givin’)
(Woah woah, workin’ for a livin’)
(Woah woah-ohhhh!)

<awesome Huey Lewis and The News jam>

Busboy, bartender, ladies of the night
Grease monkey, ex-junky, winner of the fight
Walkin’ on the streets
It’s really all the same
Sellin’ souls, rock n’ roll, any other game

Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)

Workin’ for a livin’ (workin’)

Workin’ for a livin’
Livin’ and a’workin’
I’m takin’ what they givin’ ’cause I’m workin’ for a livin’
Workin’ for a livin’
Livin’ and a’workin’
I’m takin’ what they givin’ ’cause I’m workin’ for a livin’
Workin’ for a livin’
Livin’ and a’workin’

Woo!

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