Tunes Tuesday: 9 to 5

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Frequent readers of this blog know that I have dedicated Tunes Tuesdays posts between now and the election to songs about politics and social issues. The past month’s Tunes Tuesday’s have been dedicated to this, with songs including, That’s Just the Way It Is, What It’s Like, and Christmastime in Washington.This week, I am reviving a golden oldy that feels as relevant today as when it first came out.

There is no question that the Presidential election is going to hinge on people’s perception of which candidate will be able to improve the economy.

With that in mind, I bring you this week’s Tunes Tuesday pick, 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton. While this may not seem like a political song, it explores the most fundamental issue in the current political discourse.

9 to 5
Dolly Parton

Tumble outta bed
And stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawnin’, stretchin’, try to come to life
Jump in the shower
And the blood starts pumpin’
Out on the streets
The traffic starts jumpin’
And folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Chorus:
Workin’ 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin’
Barely getting’ by
Its 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 fair promotion
Want to move ahead
But the boss won’t seem to let me in
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me
Mmmmm…

They let your dream
Just a watch ‘em shatter
You’re just a step
On the boss mans a ladder
But you got dream he’ll never take away

On the same boat
With a lot of your friends
Waitin’ for the day
Your ship’ll come in
And the tides gonna turn
An it’s all gonna roll you away

Workin’ 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin’
Barely getting’ by
Its 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 think that I would daunt you
Its a rich mans game
No matter what they call it
And you spend your life
Puttin’ money in his wallet

Workin 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin
Barely gettin by
Its all takin
And no givin
They just use you mind
And they never give you credit
Its 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 that I would daunt you
It’s a rich man’s game
No matter what they call it
And you spend your life
Puttin’ money in his wallet

What do you think? Do you think the economy is the primary issue in this election? What steps would you take to improve the economy? How do we avoid an economic crisis like we have just gone through in the future?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading.

And for a giggle:

18 Comments

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18 responses to “Tunes Tuesday: 9 to 5

  1. You make me feel old when you call this a ‘golden oldie’, as I remember watching the movie and singing along to the music when it first came out! I was barely out of my teens. Well, I guess I can’t really complain – I listen to ‘the oldies’ radio stations all the time because they really do play the best music! Hope your other readers will appreciate the song. 🙂

  2. Great song! Seinfeld used it on occasion to depict the word-a-day world. Thanks, Jen.

  3. I think it’s tricky to pick a ‘primary’ issue, because so many issues are interrelated–jobs, the economy, health care–even contraception and abortion, because unplanned pregnancies may increase the need for entitlement programs like Medicaid and food stamps. I get annoyed when people refer to these as ‘women’s issues.’ They are everybody’s issues because the outcomes affect everyone.

  4. 9 to 5 … is one of my absolute favorite tracks – and I love Dolly. This song makes so happy … and I sing a long so soon I hear it. Thanks for this .. have to find it for a post of mine. This song will never be old.

  5. I love this song and sing a long whenever it’s on but never considered the lyrics before. Thanks for the new perspective.

  6. We learned an 8 to 3 version in school. 8) thanks for the memory. .
    Great pic!

  7. Great analogy. People just want to have a comfortable living and do their job. They do not need to be as rich as Romney. We need to give them that chance and not take it away.

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