Soundtracking: Music to Quit Your Job By


Soundtracking is a weekly column featuring indie and alternative music, published every Tuesday by Laura Cushing on  As an official Gather Music Correspondent, I’m pleased to bring my knowledge of indie and alternative music to the community. Soundtracking will feature some of the best up-and-coming bands in indie music today. Soundtracking will feature interviews, CD reviews, music playlists and mp3 downloads, and music discussions.



This Week on Soundtracking - Music to Quit Your Job By

This mix of songs to stick it to the man is dedicated to my husband, Austin Cushing, who just parted ways with his place of employment after nearly seven years of wage slavery. Hopefully, he’ll soon be on his way to bigger and better things.


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fileId:3096224744147127;size:full; 1. Dolly Parton – 9 to 5

Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen;
pour myself a cup of ambition,
and yawn, and stretch, and try to come to life.
Jump in the shower, and the blood starts pumping;
out on the street, the traffic starts jumping,
with folks like me on the job from nine to five.

Remember the Nine to Five movie and television series? I was only ten when the movie came out, but I thought it was the funniest thing ever. I didn’t have a boss back then naturally, but every boss I’ve had since then has made me remember why I never wanted one! Fortunately, I now work from home so I don’t have to worry about the 9-to-5 lifestyle. But if you do, this song’s for you. It’s inspiration and gets you motivated – and reminds you that there might be something better for you out there than where it’s at now.


fileId:3096224744147131;size:full; 2. Harry Connick Jr. – Working in the Coal Mine (Lee Dorsey cover)

Five o’clock in the morning
I’m already up and gone
Lord I’m so tired
How long can this go on

Chances are you aren’t working in the coal mine, but I’m sure some days it feels like you are. I like this jazzy updated version by Harry Connick – it’s off his Oh, My Nola CD, which I reviewed here.


fileId:3096224744147132;size:full; 3. Harry Belafonte- Day-O

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan’ go home
Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan’ go home

Also known as The Banana Boat, this traditional Trinidadian calypso folk song was featured in the movie Beetlejuice. This song is about dock workers on the night shift loading the bananas on board. They want their work to be tallied up so they can get on home.


fileId:3096224744147135;size:full; 4. Rush – Working Man

I get up at seven, yeah,
And I go to work at nine.
I got no time for livin’,
Yes, I’m workin’ all the time.

When I was younger, I asked my older brother why all songs from the seventies seem to have these long trippy instrumentals. He told me that this was because everyone was stoned back then. I don’t think it was everyone, but what do I know? I was just a little kid. This ode to the working man features about four minutes of instrumental. Consider it your break time from the music playlist. Get a soda, chill out, meditate a little. Don’t do drugs, kids! It’ll be the seventies all over again.


fileId:3096224744147139;size:full; 5. Todd Rundgren – Bang the Drum All Day

I dont want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I dont want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

Wouldn’t you rather bang on the drums than work? I know I would! Of course, I have no musical talent whatsoever, which is why I’m writing articles about music instead of making it myself.


fileId:3096224744147143;size:full; 6. Dead Kennedys – Take This Job and Shove It (Johnny Paycheck cover)

Take this job and shove it
I ain’t working here no more
My woman left and took all the reasons I was working for
You better not try to stand in my way
When I’m walking out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain’t working here no more

When you’re just about fed up, and it’s time to quit – let the Dead Kennedeys be your guide. Punk rockers take no crap, and neither should you! Blast this one full volume on your way out of the office (or quietly at home with some creative visualization instead).


fileId:3096224744147149;size:full; 7. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – On the Road Again (Willie Nelson cover)

Woah, all i want is the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again

And what better way to celebrate your new found freedom from the working world than by going on a road trip with all your friends? You can make a living with your music- no really, you can.


fileId:3096224744147153;size:full; 8. Green Day – Working Class Hero (John Lennon cover)

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
Till you’re so f–ing crazy you can’t follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be.

This caustic ode to the working class was originally written by John Lennon and appeared on his first solo album. Working class heroes Green Day have covered this song on the new album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, a charity compilation of Lennon covers that benifits Amnesty International’s efforts to alieviate the crisis in Darfur. This album will be released on June 12th.

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Last time’s trivia questions – how many did you know?

1. Who recorded the 1962 million seller “I Can’t Stop Loving You”?
Ray Charles

2. Who recorded the 1984 hit single “99 Red Balloons”?

3. The group ‘Rick Dee and his Cast of Idiots’ had a number one hit in October of 1976 with what song?
Disco Duck

4. Who is the godfather of John Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon?
Elton John

5. Who wanted to save time in a bottle?
Jim Croche

This week’s trivia:

1. When Keith Moon collapsed during a concert in San Francisco, how did The Who finish their set?

2. Who sang the hit song “Runaway” in 1961?

3. In the Beatles song “She’s Leaving Home” what time does her day begin?

4. His first two names were Wladziu Valentino. What singular name is he better known by?

5. When 175,000 people gathered in Rio de Janerio in 1980, what legendary singer had they come to listen to?


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