I got the idea for this song from Glenn Watts' Nation thread "Abject (well maybe not that bad) Failure and the Lessons Learned".
It is ironic that in a couple of months I will have to give up my own day job as circumstances have caught up with me at home, so it's the grey army of retirement probably, but I won't give up CBG's!
Guitars; Batman, Slowpawcaster (rhythm)
Drums;Roland TD 12
Bass; Hofner violin copy
Harp; Hohner Marine Band Db
I'M TIRED OF CLOCKING IN AND OUT THE OLD NINE TO FIVE
I NEED A BETTER REASON JUST TO KEEP ME ALIVE
MY LIFE IS SO BORING, HELP ME OUT OF THIS RUT
I NEED A BREAK TO STOP ME TURNING INTO A NUT!
CHORUS - HAVE FUN....BUT DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB, OH NO
HAVE FUN....BUT DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB, OH NO
I FOUND A PLACE WHERE THEY COULD DO THIS WONDERFUL TRICK
THEY MADE A COOL GUITAR WITH JUST A BOX AND A STICK
I GOT A FEW TOGETHER AND I WROTE A FEW SONGS
I PUT TOGETHER LYRICS TRIED TO RIGHT A FEW WRONGS
I PLAYED A FEW LIVE SETS AND HAD A REALLY GOOD BASH
AND MAYBE ONE DAY I COULD EARN SOME WONDERFUL CASH
BUT SOMEONE WHISPERED SOMETHING IN MY CRUSTY OLD EAR
KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING BUT IT WON'T MAKE A CAREER
I MADE SOME CD ALBUMS AND SOLD THEM ON EBAY
THE LONELY WINTER NIGHTS THEY ALL JUST WITHERED AWAY
I BUILT A LOT OF BOX GUITARS GOT COVERED IN DUST
BUT IT TAKES A LOT OF HOURS JUST TO EARN A SMALL CRUST
YOU GOT NO MONEY HONEY GOT NO MONEY HONEY....
BUT NOW I'LL HAVE A LOT MORE TIME TO FURTHER MY QUEST
I MAY NOT BE THE FASTEST AND MAY NOT BE THE BEST
I'LL KEEP IT TO THE GRINDSTONE HOPE IT DON'T GO AWAY
JUST DOING WHAT I'M DOING AND I'LL LIVE FOR TODAY.
Words and music copyright Steve Trowbridge May 2014.
From forthcoming album "Don't Give Up the Day Job" due out in 2015.