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Working for Nothing? "This Is A Blue Collar Boom"

“Since my election, the net worth of the bottom half of wage earners has increased by 47%, three times faster than the increase for the top 1%. After decades of flat and falling incomes, wages are rising fast and wonderfully they are rising fastest for low-income workers who have seen a 16% pay increase since my election. This is a blue-collar boom. Real median household income is now at the highest level ever recorded.”

Once upon a time
Having money was a crime,
And I was in my prime
And working for nothing.

Now that habit’s hard to break,
And what I got you wouldn’t take
The time to steal. Life’s so unreal
When you’re working for nothing.

Working for nothing
–ain’t my act.
Working for nothing
–an un-natural fact,
Working for nothing.

Those cats in the top hats
All know money’s where it’s at,
Say `You want it easy, want it fat?
Quit working for nothing.’

Those dudes hopping on The Line,
Making Fords and doing fine,
Do you think they’d take a shine
To working for nothing?

Working for nothing
–for pie in the sky
Working for nothing
–in the sweet bye and bye
We’ll all be working for nothing.

That man with the handshake,
His love is just a stone fake.
He wants your love for his sake.
He ain’t smiling for nothing.

He’s got profit in his sights.
He’ll come out on top all right.
Still, his wife stays out all night,
Working for nothing.

Working for nothing
–Gotta break on through.
Working for nothing
–Where dreams come true
No more , no more working for nothing.

Gotta get that bacon.
Gotta pay that rent.
Gotta give that loan shark
My last red cent.

Gotta make a final payment
And get my iron outta hock.
Gotta press my three-piece suit.
Gotta darn my sock.

Then there’s alimony, child support,
And last month’s union dues.
And my baby needs a new pair
Of hand-made English shoes.

She’s been broke before
And says she won’t put out no more,
If putting out just means
She’s working for nothing.

Working for nothing
–But there ain’t nothing free.
Working for nothing
–It’s just the fool in me
That’s working for nothing.

I used to be a winner,
A syncopated sinner.
I handed out all my love for free
(Yes, that was really me.)

Now I jump when they push the button,
Trying to get me a piece of something,
Trying to make a deal that beats
Working for nothing.

Gonna pull myself together,
Buy the papers, find a job.
Maybe dress up all in leather
And break legs for the mob.

Maybe wear those real sharp suits,
Be the servant, play the clown,
For those jokers in the penthouse
That own the whole damn town.

Maybe be a jewel thief,
Or rob banks like Frankie Sutton.
Be a local discount hit-man.
It’s better than working for nothing.

If you’re working for something
–don’t take no bets
It only seems like something
–cause you ain’t seen nothing yet
No, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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  • TrangBang68 February 8, 2020, 5:13 AM

    Trump celebrates money in the proles’ pockets
    The albino magpies sit on their hands

  • ghostsniper February 8, 2020, 12:26 PM

    Well yeah, of course silly. As far as the authorities are concerned I’ve been working for nothing for decades. Since my moment of enlightenment back in the 80’s. Before that I was just another hapless sap programmed from birth to believe that half of everything I will ever own is subject to volunteered theft. When you finally understand that you are a criminal living on a criminal planet you start to look at things from a different perspective, and at about the same time you start to grow some steel in your backbone.