Year Two, Week Sixteen: “Quit your Job Today”

Lyrics:

This is the hammer that killed John Henry
But it won’t kill me

Quit your job today, quit your job today
Slap your boss in his big ole face
Show your ass to the whole damn place
Quit your job today

I was working in the factory late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
It was the ghost of myself at 23
They year I started at the factory
He shoved a finger in my face
and said, “I ain’t the ghost–you are!

“I been watching you here for ten long years
You gave them your blood and sweat and tears
And what’d they ever give you back, my son
They docked your pay about a metric ton
When you missed work for seven days
After getting hit by that car!”

I said yeah, that’s true
but what do I do?
And the ghost said

Quit your job today, quit your job today
Slap your boss in his big ole face
Show your ass to the whole damn place
Quit your job today

Well that’s easy for you to say
You’re just a ghost, you don’t need no pay
But I got a wife and two dumb kids
What would happen to them if I hit the skids
I said begone, ghost! and then he vanished
But inside I was troubled

I took the long way home to clear my head
And my wife was crying in the bed
She said, “The boy’s got pinkeye in his ear
And the girl is scared a monster lives here
And the landlord yelled at me in Spanish
And said our rent’s been doubled.”

I said hmmmmmm.
And the ghost said

Quit your job today, quit your job today
Slap your boss in his big ole face
Show your ass to the whole damn place
Quit your job today

I woke the next morning from endless dreams
Hoping things weren’t as bad as they seemed
I could sacrifice to make life better
I love gouda but I’ll take cheddar
I drove all the way to work
But something was wrong, I knew it

My boss caught me with his one good eye
And said, “There’s bad news from On High
Shifts’ll be longer but the pay’ll be less
That’s the key to global economic success
I don’t mean to sound like a jerk
But sometimes you gotta do it to it.”

You gotta do it to it
So I did it tid it!

I quit my job today, I quit my job today
Slapped my boss in his big ole face
Showed my ass to the whole damn place
Quit my job today

quit my job today, I quit my job today
Slapped my boss in his big ole face
Showed my ass to the whole damn place
Quit my job today

Quit your job today!

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