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(Boots Cassetta)

I've got those unemployment compensation
"What was your last occupation?" blues.
I've got those "How much money did you earn?
Stand in line and wait your turn" blues.
They make me feel I'm committing a sin,
To get back part of what I paid in.
I've got those "Have you had an interview?
Come back in a week or two" blues.

I've got those unemployment compensation
"Please fill out an application" blues.
I've got those "State your weekly minimum.
You don't wanna work, you bum" blues.
And when I'm through with my weekly routine,
I spend my money on Thorazine.
I've got those "By the time I get my check,
I become a nervous wreck" blues.

I've got those unemployment compensation
"It ain't worth the aggravation" blues.
I've got those "Won't you wait? Just have a chair.
Nothin' in my Frigidaire" blues.
I'm tired of feelin' like a jerk.
All I want is a chance to work,
And lose those out-of-work humiliation
Unemployment compensation blues.

(Sung by Boots (Casetta, Mario) on "Songs for Political Action"
(a 10-CD set), Various Artists, Bear Family 15720, 1996.)
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