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Strike Songs for a Manager

Barbara Shaw 29 Aug 98 - 12:07 PM
Ralph Butts 29 Aug 98 - 01:25 PM
Joe Offer 29 Aug 98 - 01:54 PM
Barry Finn 29 Aug 98 - 07:15 PM
Dave T 30 Aug 98 - 07:39 AM
gargoyle 30 Aug 98 - 11:53 AM
gargoyle 30 Aug 98 - 12:15 PM
Barbara 30 Aug 98 - 02:46 PM
Earl 30 Aug 98 - 03:17 PM
BSeed 30 Aug 98 - 05:41 PM
kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org 30 Aug 98 - 09:46 PM
O'Boyle 31 Aug 98 - 01:17 AM
BSeed 31 Aug 98 - 01:19 AM
Joe Offer 31 Aug 98 - 03:58 AM
Barbara Shaw 31 Aug 98 - 07:36 AM
Barry Finn 31 Aug 98 - 09:15 AM
Barbara Shaw 31 Aug 98 - 10:24 AM
mafreeh 31 Aug 98 - 10:50 AM
Dani 31 Aug 98 - 01:07 PM
Barbara 31 Aug 98 - 01:40 PM
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BSeed 31 Aug 98 - 03:03 PM
Kiwi 31 Aug 98 - 09:50 PM
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O'Boyle 01 Sep 98 - 04:23 AM
dick greenhaus 01 Sep 98 - 12:28 PM
O'Boyle 01 Sep 98 - 08:58 PM
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Subject: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 29 Aug 98 - 12:07 PM

Most strike songs relate to the struggles of the laborer (I assume; I don't know any strike songs). But I'm sort of a management hostage, required to work a minimum of 10 hours a day, 6 days a week until the strike is over. My company's union is picketing and I'm a "management" employee with no choice. I have to work or lose my job. Maybe this is a different perspective for some of you to think about.

How about some songs or thoughts that I can share with my co-workers?


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 29 Aug 98 - 01:25 PM

Barbara....

You must be with SNET. I'm sure it's not pleasant.

I wonder if Walter Mitty wrote any songs?

.....Tiger


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Aug 98 - 01:54 PM

That gets tricky, doesn't it, Barbara. Sometimes, it seems that people in middle management get dumped on from both sides. My boss and I have been friends since we started work together 25 years ago. I'm allowed to say what I think, but he has to keep his mouth shut. I get time-and-a-half when I work overtime, and he works a lot more than I do and gets nothing. Doesn't seem quite fair to me.
A few of us got gently bumped from membership in the Sacramento Labor Chorus recently. A couple were sympathetic middle managers, and I'm a privatized former Fed without a union. The state employees' union decided the chorus should represent only state workers. I do hope union workers take time to think of us who are left out.
Good luck, Barbara.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Aug 98 - 07:15 PM

The other flip side of the coin, true story. My cousin & I were members in a Boston construction union (no names) for many years as were our uncles. At meetings we spoke against corruption, extortion & embbezzlement by the union officials, I found that pickets lines had been set up only to be used to suck money out of non union contractors, we were beaten & blackballed then found out that there were dicussions on putting out contracts on us, (how insulting we were seen as not worth the trouble). We sued & won (no money) officials went to prison under the Rico Act (orginized crime tool), all this because someone wanted to make an extra buck off the back of someon eonly trying to make ends meat. None spoke in our favor, there were few who helped behind the scenes, we were saw as scum, some secretly said thanks but couldn't do more than that & 15 yrs later the only ones who are better off are my cousin & me. Today there is something terribly wrong with the relationship between boss & worker. Who protects the laborer from his rep. now that most don't need the protection against vicious employers. I don't sing union songs anymore, after almost 2 decades around them I don't see them improving only becoming more of a social disease that needs curing. Lepke Baluker (sp?) took hold of the garement unions in the late 30's & then Muder Inc. took over (Lepke being head official) docks, since then a wound has been festering that no one wants to exam. Barry


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Dave T
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 07:39 AM

Barry, it's pretty clear that we need an alternative to the tired old labour vs. management setup to protect workers and to settle disputes in a way that's fair to all. As far as strike songs (or hardship songs) for managers, Barbara, I haven't heard any. I run my own business now and end up working longer than when I was in middle management so I'm not sure it gets any easier. Maybe we'll just have to write our own songs???


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: gargoyle
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 11:53 AM

Labor's Rap for Middle Managers"

Stop ya moanin' - stop ya bitchin'
Don't like da heat - git outta da kitchen

Take off da tie - take off da skirt
Join brothers and sisters down in da dirt

Ya think yur them - and ya sold out us
Remember, blood gone bad - leaves only pus

Scab Song

No doubt... BSeed has some appropriate songs to contribute


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: gargoyle
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 12:15 PM

The "-" between !!-song was left out.

Unemployment is at an all time low,
get another job.

AFTER THE STRIKE


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barbara
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 02:46 PM

Easy, Gargoyle. When we talk about diversity we're talking about the ability to see someone in a different position than ours and not judge them. IMHO that even includes middle managers.
Seems to me there's a big difference politically in condemning an action, and a person.
Of course this is the central dilemna of political action. How can we fight for a cause that is just without becoming as closed minded as those on the other side?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Earl
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 03:17 PM

As a consultant I've come to view both labor and management as completely insane. I was working at the phone company during one of their regularly scheduled strikes (I think there's one on now.) There the distinction between labor and management is very strange. Sales people making six figure salaries are in the union, and some data entry people are considered management. When the strike comes, management is assigned union jobs. They work long hours but make big bucks, some people plan their budgets around strike years. They complain but not to loudly because upper management takes names.

When I was there someone did write a song about it, unfortunately I didn't save it.


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: BSeed
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 05:41 PM

Sorry, Gargoyle, my songs were anti-administration--but I certainly sympathize with Barbara's plight. And I know many working people who hate unions, even ones of which they are members. I think my union, American Federation of Teachers, has been generally good for its members, if at times a bit resistant to changes in educational structures. My local hasn't accomplished much since our failed strike, memorialized in my thread Movement songs--I guess they've helped protect a few jobs, kept our benefits package from too much damage, but we've gone from one of the highest paid to one of the lowest paid school districts in the Bay Area in the period since the strike.

Some bay area garbage collectors just ended their strike with a pay raise, but without winning what they thought was their most important issue: forced overtime--they were, and I guess still are, working 10, 12, even 14 hour days six days a week, I guess because their company would rather pay them overtime than hire additional workers and have to pay their benefits. --seed


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org
Date: 30 Aug 98 - 09:46 PM

Well, there's a song that's almost on topic, called the "Pound a Week Rise". Iffen you like, Email me, I'll send you the lyrics.

Slán,

Kiwi


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: O'Boyle
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 01:17 AM

I'm not sure, but the Tim Robbins movie, "Bob Roberts" about a right wing folk singer who runs for office, had some songs from the management point of view. They did not release a soundtrack to the film for fear people would use the songs to advance their political cause. So to hear the songs, you will have to watch the film.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: BSeed
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 01:19 AM

Kiwi, why not post it? By the way, I like your address: unagi(fresh water eel).cybernothing? Is there a story behind that? --seed


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 03:58 AM

I've done the same job for 25 years, and I think I've done it very well. I used to be idealistic about work, and thought it would be nice if everybody worked together and had a good time, and strove for excellence. I didn't want a union because I worked for Uncle Sam and thought I enjoyed protections that made unions unnecessary.
Besides, I was able to talk to the head of my (small) agency on a first-name basis, and didn't have to go through a union to express a gripe or an opinion. I didn't see why there was so much animosity in so many workplaces, and I certainly didn't want it in MY workplace.
Well, I guess the Clinton Administration found out about me, and decided my work situation was just a bit too good. They "privatized" us two years ago - fired us all and set up a so-called "employee-owned" corporation, and then gave our jobs to the corporation on a three-year contract. Now there's another level level of management between me and the people I serve, since now we have to have managers to administer the contract. And, since we have to adhere exactly to the terms of the contract, everything is regulated and common sense counts for nothing any more. We workers have no say-so about anything in this corporation that we supposedly own, because our managers say it's all controlled by the contract now. I can see why the United Auto Workers went on strike against General Motors, mostly to protest contracting out of work that had previously been done by GM employees. "Contracting out" (now euphemistically called "privatization" in the government) is a ruse used to deprive workers of the rights and power they won earlier in this century.
I suppose I can't complain too loud because I do make a good living and I can retire in just a couple of years, but I did have to work five hours today (Sunday) to catch up with what I'm expected to do. I think I got shafted by the Clinton Administration. I certainly didn't expect Democrats to be so blatantly anti-labor. Grrrr.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 07:36 AM

Interesting comments, and I appreciate the kind words. The strike goes on, and its tone reflects the general nastiness in this age of road rage. People are grasping for more, tolerating less, lashing out more with anger and understanding less. Including me.

I should explain that I'm a management employee, but I'm not a boss, supervise no one, am not asked for my opinion when the negotiations are held, and have no voice in this strike. I show up for work every day just like any other worker. Been doing it for almost 25 years, so comments like "unemployment is at an all time low, get out of the kitchen, etc." are inappropriate. A scab is a temporary worker who takes the place of strikers or one who refuses to join a union, or a union worker who refuses to strike. I'm none of those things. I'm an information technology specialist like several hundred other people in my department who are classified as "management." When the union strikes, we get assigned strike duty and show up or get fired. This is not a "regularly scheduled strike," although contract talks come up every 3 years. In 25 years, I've had to work through 3 strikes.

This is not a bid for sympathy, but I was hoping for some inspiration. Mudcat is a place where I can get away from the strike for a few minutes and think about music, the thing that puts much quality into my life. Since some of the other threads brought up some interesting ideas and reflections of life in today's world, I thought I'd bring up another aspect. Especially as it relates to a Mudcatter, a bluegrasser, musician of sorts, and also a management employee attempting to get through this strike. I get home at night too tired to pick up my guitar, and too cranky to speak to the family. People I work with have had to miss bringing their kid to college for the first time, a special birthday party, and so on. My family and I will have to miss the Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival in Maine over Labor Day weekend (which we all look forward to every year) unless a miracle happens.

Yeah, the big bucks sound good, but they could never pay me enough for the time I can't get back.

My suggestions for strike songs for a manager:

Relax Your Mind (Mississippi John Hurt) Keep on the Sunnyside (Blenkhorn & Entwisle)


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barry Finn
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 09:15 AM

Barbara & Joe, something stinks & it's not the boss or managment, or the scab or the union laborer, it's how big business & big goverment sleep in the same bed. There's a hell of aot of room for song writting here. If they can keep the little fellas at each other's throats they have nothing to fear & they could care less. If the little guy could even just get free health & education. What do most people ask for at the workplace, not a dime, only what they've been lead to believe was due them if they worked hard & were loyal, less & less are they getting paid back, this is not the fault of some boss or manager or even some small business, this is a problem that was generated by the two (maybe three, big crime) who have the same interests at heart & walk the same thorny path together, talk the same meaningless talk & drink from the same filthy dish & sleep in the same rotten bed. I'm getting out of here for now. Good luck Barbara, let me know if you'll be at Thomas Point, we'll be there for the weekend. Barry


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 10:24 AM

Ralph, you're great! Instead of smiling, I'm sitting here like a jerk crying. Thanks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BRING BACK THE EIGHT HOUR DAY (C King) ^^
From: mafreeh
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 10:50 AM

Here's a song that doesn't cover strikes, just the general woes of being white collar.

BRING BACK THE EIGHT HOUR DAY
(Charlie King)

Say you work at a white collar job
You're paid at a fixed monthly rate
But you come in for meetings a half hour early
You're working a full hour late
Then you sit for an hour in traffic
With the rest of the overtime drones
There's a latchkey kid you must chase off to bed
For you eat a cold supper alone

CHORUS: So, bring back the eight hour day
When did we give it away?
There's so much to do
When the work day is through
Oh, bring back the eight hour day.

They've got cellular phones for your car
They've got notebook PC's for your lap
When you crawl off to sleep you stay close to your beeper
Now why do we stand for that crap?
They tell us we have to compete
No, we're tired of footing the bill
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest
Eight hours for what we will.

CHORUS ^^


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Dani
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 01:07 PM

Hear, hear.

I've been saying (out my window, to nobody in particular) that here, HERE is a group ripe for a good, old fashioned union. Not one of those huge monsters that takes money everyday and looks the other way while people are ground to nubbins, but a group of people with the great courage necessary to band together to fight for themselves. And for their families. Barbara, you are absolutely right. Nothing can repay a person for the time. Nothing.

It sometimes seems to me that a complicating factor here is that there are great numbers of people (sometimes two in a family) who are willing to DO this, in order to maintain some mythical level of consumer comfort. It makes it all the more difficult for those people who have seen the light.

I'll get down off my soapbox now. But since this is a music forum, I will suggest that we revisit some of those old coal-miner songs. Is spending all day in traffic/cubicle/traffic all that different? The emotional and mental hazards are there, if not the apparent physical danger.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHITE COLLAR HOLLER (Nigel Russell) ^^^
From: Barbara
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 01:40 PM

I copied this out of the database. The tune is there.
Blessings,
Barbara
WHITE COLLAR HOLLER
(Nigel Russell)

Well, I rise up every morning at a quarter to eight
Some woman who's my wife tells me not to be late
I kiss the kids goodbye, I can't remember their names
And week after week, it's always the same

CHORUS:
And it's Ho, boys, can't you code it, and program it right
Nothing ever happens in the life of mine
I'm hauling up the data on the Xerox line

Then it's code in the data, give the keyboard a punch
Then cross-correlate and break for some lunch
Correlate, tabulate, process and screen
Program, printout, regress to the mean

Home again, eat again, watch some TV,
Make love to my woman at ten-fifty-three
I dream the same dream when I'm sleeping at night
I'm soaring over hills like an eagle in flight

Someday I'm gonna give up all the buttons and things
I'll punch that time clock till it can't ring
Burn up my necktie and set myself free
Cause no one's gonna fold, bend or mutilate me.
^^^


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barbara
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 02:14 PM

Oh, and in regards to the discussion of fault; Thomas Pyncheon said:"If you can get people asking the wrong questions, it doesn't matter if they find the right answers."
B*
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: BSeed
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 03:03 PM

Actually, as someone mentioned above, unionization seems like the best answer, and a great song for that is "Talking Union"--I couldn't find it on the DT. It's a standard "talking blues" like "Talking Dustbowl" or "Talking Fishing," both by Woody Guthrie:
If you want higher wages, let me tell you what to do,
You got to talk to the workers in the shop with you,
You got to build you a union, got to make it strong,
And if you all stick together, folks, it won't be long:

You'll get higher pay,

Better working conditions,

shorter hours,

Take your kids to the seashore.

There are several more verses, but I don't have them at hand. Maybe someone else can add them. --seed (I guess you were right, Zorro. I did have something.)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE POUND A WEEK RISE^^
From: Kiwi
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 09:50 PM

BSeed - I'll go dig out the lyrics if I still have them.. hang a moment. [goes to look for the CD liner notes]

Woo! I have the right CD. Alright, folks, here it is as sung by clan na gael / Seven Nations. There may be some slight lyrics variations in other versions.


Slán,

Kiwi

THE POUND A WEEK RISE
(as sung by clan na gael / Seven Nations)

Come all you colliers
Who work down the mines
From Scotland to south Wales
From Teesdale to Tyne
I'll sing you a song about the pound a week rise
And the men who were fooled by the government's lies

(Chorus)
And it's down you go, down below, Jack
Where you'll never see the skies
And you're working in a dungeon for a pound a week rise

In 19 and 10 a few years ago
The mine workers' leaders to Lord Robbins did go
Sayin' "we work very hard, every day we risk our lives
And we ask you here and now for a pound a week rise."

Chorus

Well up spoke Lord Robbins and he made this decree
he said "When the output rises, with you I will agree -
I'll raise up all your wages, I'll give to you fair pay
For I was once a miner and I worked hard in my day."

Chorus

The miners they went home, they worked hard and well
Their lungs filled with coal dust in the bosom of hell
The output rose by fifteen, eighteen percent and more
And when two years had passed and gone, it rose above a score.

Chorus

The miners they went to get their hard-earned prize
They asked Lord Robbins for their pound a week rise
Robbins wouldn't give a pound
he wouldn't give ten bob
He gave 'em seven and six and said "now get back to your jobs!"

Chorus

So come all you colliers, take heed what I say
Don't believe Lord Robbins when he says he'll give fair pay
He'll tell you to work hard and make the output rise
But you'll get pie in the sky instead of a pound a week rise

Chorus
^^


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: northfolk
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 10:38 PM

We have been talking about strikes and labor issues together in a number of threads, maybe I should have said social justice issues. Are any of you involved with any of the organizations that combine the interest in progressive political work with your cultural work? I am thinking about groups like the LaMP Labor artMural Project, or CWAC the Cultural Workers Action Caucus, of the Labor Party, also a group called sawsge,I think called sausage, singers and writers....don't know the rest. Just curious.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY PADDY'S NOT AT WORK TODAY...^^^
From: O'Boyle
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 04:23 AM

It's not a strike management song but it is a good work song. Can you imagine the worker's comp suit.....

Why Paddy's Not At Work (Excuse Note) (Pat Cooksey)

Dear Sir I write this note to inform you of my plight
And at the time of writing I am not a pretty sight
My body is all black and blue, my face a deathly gray
I write this note to tell why Paddy's not at work today

While working on the fourteenth floor, some bricks I had to clear
And to throw them down from off the top seemed quite a good idea
But the gaffer wasn't very pleased, he was an awful sod
He said I had to cart them down the ladder in me hod.

Well clearing all those bricks by hand, it seemed so very slow
So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below
But in my haste to do the job, I was too blind to see
That a barrel full of building bricks is heavier than me.

So when I had untied the rope, the barrel fell like lead
And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead
I took off like a rocket and to my dismay I found
That half way up I met the bloody barrel coming down.

Well the barrel broke my shoulder as on to the ground it sped
And when I reached the top I banged the pulley with me head
I held on tight, though numb with shock from this almighty blow
And the barrel spilled out half its load fourteen floors below

Now when those building bricks fell from the barrel to the floor
I then outweighed the barrel so I started down once more
I held on tightly to the rope as I flew to the ground
And I landed on those building bricks that were scattered all around.

Now as I lay there on the deck I thought I'd passed the worst
But when the barrel reached the top, that's when the bottom burst
A shower of bricks came down on me, I knew I had no hope
In all of this confusion, I let go the bloody rope.

The barrel being heavier, it started down once more
And landed right on top of me as I lay on the floor
It broke three ribs and my left arm, and I can only say
That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today.

Slainte

Rick ^^^


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 12:28 PM

Hey folks-- Dunno about you, but I wade through all this correspondence. It would simplify my life if people would check on whether or not we have a song in the DT before posting the lyrics here. Thanx mu


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: O'Boyle
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 08:58 PM

That was my fault, I checked last night but obviously did something wrong, because it popped right up today.

My apologies

Rick


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: BSeed
Date: 02 Sep 98 - 01:18 AM

Hey, guys. Lighten up. I enjoyed reading it here: I probably wouldn't have seen it in the DT. (I read this tale as a prose piece somewhere within the last decade or so). It kind of reminds me of the Darwin awards (given to those people who have done the most to improve the human gene pool by taking themselves out of it). This year's winners, as I recall, were a couple of guys trying to sneak into a Metallica concert the back way. They backed their pickup truck up to a chain link fence, and when the first guy got to the top of the fence, he dropped down to the other side, not realizing that the ground on the other side of the fence was forty feet lower. He fell twenty feet into a tree, breaking an arm, and getting caught in the tree by a branch that caught him by his underpants. He got a knife out of his pocket (using his good arm, of course) and cut the underpants--and dropped the remaining twenty feet into a holly bush, the thorny leaves of which scratched him all over his body. After a bit of communication with his friend below, the other other guy hooked one end of a rope to the truck, and tossed the other end to his friend, got in the truck, started it up, and popped the clutch--forgetting it was still in reverse. The truck went through the fence and landed in the holly bush, on top of the first guy, killing him. The driver was thrown from the truck and landed fifteen feet away, his head striking a rock. He too was killed. Police, who determined the sequence of events from the physical evidence, noted that the sliced pair of underpants were still in the tree. --seed


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Subject: Lyr Add: MINER'S REFRAIN (G Welch & D Rawlings)^^
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 03 Sep 98 - 12:47 PM

Thanks everyone, for all the comments and songs. I passed a few around with office e-mail, and the funny ones got a few laughs, which are few and far between lately.

Speaking of coal-miner songs brought this to mind. A grandfather I never met died of black lung from the mines of Arizona, so I particularly relate to them, and do see the connection with the cubicle I spend my time in. Gillian Welch is incredible. This is from her new album "Hell among the Yearlings."

MINER'S REFRAIN
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
In the black dust towns of East Tennessee
All the work's about the same
You may not go to a job in the ground
But you'll learn the miner's refrain.

(Chorus)
I'm down in a hole; I'm down in a hole
Down in a deep, dark hole.

Well, you search the rain for the silver cloud
And you wait on days of gold
When you're pitched to the bottom and the dirt comes down
You'll cry, "So cold, so cold."

There's something good in a worried song
For the trouble in your soul
'Cause a worried man's been a long way down
Down in a deep dark hole.
^^


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: gargoyle
Date: 04 Sep 98 - 07:01 PM

The digital has many songs directed towards the wonderful relationships between "Managers" and "Workers."

The one most easily parodied with any manager's name - and applicable to most every "working" relationship with managment is the one by our own "dick greenhaus" WHAT A FRIEND WE HAS IN RHODA!

One the expresses the displaced worker's view very well is: I DON"T WANT YOUR MILLIONS, MISTER

However, the one I truly enjoy is CASEY JONES - UNION SCAB


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Subject: RE: Strike Songs for a Manager
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 17 Sep 98 - 03:46 PM

For those who might be interested, the union voted today and decided to accept the latest contract offer. It's over! I hope they got enough to make up for 4 weeks without pay. It will take awhile to repair the broken relations from such a nasty experience, so here are my offerings for music therapy.

For the union: LONG, LONG AGO when this strike started, this LONG LONESOME ROAD looked ROUGH AND ROCKY, but we got through it all with A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS. We had to call in a few BOSTON BOYs, and the RANK STRANGERS caused a bit of trouble in this DIRTY OLD TOWN, but these THINGS IN LIFE are never easy. Time to HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING CANE and think about HARD TIMES no more. We had to stick together and HOLD FAST TO THE RIGHT for JUST A FEW MORE DAYS, and now we can KEEP ON THE SUNNYSIDE. No more walking the picket line in OUR TOWN, I'll just PUT MY LITTLE SHOES AWAY. We got an OCEAN OF DIAMONDS, and can start to rebuild that HOUSE OF GOLD SOMEDAY SOON. Maybe a little WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST to celebrate, WAIT 'TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, and then we'll be HOLDING UP THE LADDER and WORKING ON A BUILDING. The strike is over and THERE IS A GOD. For now we're going BACK HOME AGAIN. The whole thing was like a DEVIL'S DREAM, just AMAZING, GRACE. We're grateful it was over before THE FIELDS HAVE TURNED BROWN.

For management: We'll find out all the contract provisions FARTHER ALONG. As for this SLEEPY-TIME GAL, just SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME to my LITTLE CABIN HOME ON THE HILL where there's a LIGHT IN THE WINDOW. A vacation would be nice, so maybe I'LL FLY AWAY to PARADISE SOMEDAY SOON. For now, all I want is FIFTY MILES OF ELBOW ROOM and a new GOLD WATCH AND CHAIN from my SUMMER WAGES. I'D RATHER BE ALONE, and IF THAT'S THE WAY YOU FEEL, you can MEET ME SOMEWHERE IN MY DREAMS as I ROLL IN MY SWEET BABY'S ARMS. (No offense meant. You know that was THE LAST THING ON MY MIND). The weekend's coming, and we're going to the ROSEVILLE FAIR on SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING I'll dress up in QUEEN ANNE'S LACE and we'll go to the OAK GROVE CHURCH.

GOODNIGHT, IRENE, UNCLE PEN, SONNY, MAGGIE, JOHN HARDY, JOHN HENRY, JACK HAGGERTY, LORENA, SALLY GOODIN and OLD JOE CLARK. YOU'LL GET NO MORE OF ME.

P.S. For more details, TURN YOUR RADIO ON, SONNY, or buy a paper from JIMMY BROWN THE NEWSBOY.


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