9 to 5 #Musical Monday

One year while I was in college, my parents gave me a singing machine for Christmas. This was an eight-track player with a microphone that could be connected to a stereo system. It came with specialized cartridges containing the accompaniment to popular songs. It was possible to order more cartridges when I ran out of songs to sing. I could also record, on cassette, myself singing the songs with the accompaniment provided.

I had fun with this for a while, making several such recordings and sending them to friends. One of the songs I sang was the one I’m featuring today. I no longer have that recording, and frankly, I don’t do the song justice. So, to commemorate Labor Day, here’s Dolly.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Song Lyric Sunday: 9 to 5

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According to newepicauthor,, this week’s theme is “occupation.” This song was one of my favorites back in the day, even though I never worked as a secretary. I even sang it with a karaoke machine I got for Christmas when I was in college. Enjoy Dolly Parton’s version, and have a great day.

9 to 5Dolly Parton

Lyrics Couretesy of Google

 

Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen

Pour myself a cup of ambition

Yawn and stretch and try to come to life

Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin’

Out on the street the traffic starts jumpin’

With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’

Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’

They just use your mind and they never give you credit

It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it

9 to 5, for service and devotion

You would think that I would deserve a fat promotion

Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me

I swear sometimes that man is out to get me!

They let you dream just to watch ’em shatter

You’re just a step on the boss-man’s ladder

But you got dreams he’ll never take away

You’re in the same boat with a lotta your friends

Waitin’ for the day your ship’ll come in

An’ the tide’s gonna turn and it’s all gonna roll your way

Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’

Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’

They just use your mind and you never get the credit

It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it

9 to 5, yeah they got you where they want you

There’s a better life, and you dream about it, don’t you?

It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it

And you spend your life puttin’ money in his wallet9 to 5, whoa what a way to make a livin’

Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’

They just use your mind and they never give you credit

It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it9 to 5, yeah they got you where they want you

There’s a better life, and you dream about it, don’t you?

It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it

And you spend your life puttin’ money in his wallet9 to 5, working 9 to 5

Songwriters: Dolly Parton

9 to 5 lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

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We Shall Overcome

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