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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To All the Petty People in My Life

1.

In fifth grade, I was too much against being told what to do. You had me write twenty-five times, “I will not complain when Mrs. S. tells me to do something.” I could have tossed a stink bomb in the teachers’ lounge, but that didn’t occur to me so get a life.

2.

At the YMCA, I’ve been slamming locker doors since I was in junior high. We were both adults, but you told me not to be so noisy. I could have lit a cigarette, but nobody wants lung cancer so get a life.

3.

At the nursing home, as my boss, you almost fired me for asking a lady if she had diabetes, knowing that with my limited vision, I couldn’t read her chart. I could have given her chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Her blood sugar would have skyrocketed. She might have ended up in the hospital or died. So get a life.

4.

I thought you were my friend so sent you a postcard promoting my new book. You accused me of unethical behavior for using a corporate mailing list for private gain. I could have sold your contact information to a telemarketer, but that’s where I draw the line so get a life.

5.

Now, I’m Secretary of our Corporation. For years, I’ve been using the same email signature with my Website and blog addresses in an attempt to promote my work. When submitting minutes from a previous meeting to our list serve, pasted into a message body, I included my signature as usual. You called it “graffiti,” said it was inappropriate. I could have gone to your house, spray painted every expletive my daddy taught me on your front wall, but that wouldn’t have made it right so get a life.

6.

After reading this, you’ll say I exposed you by writing such drivel. I could have used your real names, but then you would have sued me so get a life.

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Are there petty people in your life? Feel free to vent in the comment field as I did above, but please don’t use people’s real names. In the coming year, let’s all resolve to get a life. Happy New Year. Click here for another song from yours truly.

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