Welcome to the Working Life

(Live version)

Image and caption: Factory workers’ homes, Camden, New Jersey, 1938, U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs, LC-USF33- 002901-M2

Lyrics:

Welcome to the working life
Where you sleep on your feet and take it on the chin
And the name of the game is being stretched thin
Welcome to the working life my friend
Welcome to the working life
Where come Friday night you’re thinking it’s a red letter day
If the boss might throw some overtime your way
Welcome to the working life my friend
Welcome to the working life
Where getting ahead’s way the hell out of range
But with luck you won’t be late with the rent for a change
Welcome to the working life my friend
Where you learn real young to wear a mask over what you’re feeling
‘Cause the sad fact is that bills can’t be paid by pride
You put on a brave face during all your daily dealings
You do your best and you keep the rest bottled up inside
Welcome to the working life
Where come the end of the month sir you’ve got to choose
Fix the car or get the kids a new pair of shoes
Welcome to the working life my friend
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