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Fifty-Nine Cents, song lyrics

Song: Fifty-Nine Cents
Lyrics: Fred Small(2)

Music: Fred Small
Year: 1981
Genre: Blues
Country: USA


High school days dreams come easy and free,
When you're a working woman watcha gonna be?
A senator, a surgeon - aim for the heights,
But the guidance office says, lower your sights,

(CHORUS:)
To fifty-nine cents to every man's dollar,
Fifty-nine cents, it's a low down deal,
Fifty-nine cents makes a grown woman hollar,
They give you a diploma, It's the paycheck they steal.

She's off to college, the elite kind,
To polish her manners, sharpen her mind,
Honors in English, letter in Lacrosse,
Teaches her to type for her favorite boss.
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(CHORUS)

Junior executive on her way up,
Special assistant to the man at the top.
She's on in a million and all that she's found,
Was her own secretary now to order around, at...
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(CHORUS)

But the word is being procesed in the typing pool;
A working woman ain't nobody's fool.
She's telling the boss on Secretary's Day,
"You can keep the flowers, buddy, give me a raise more than...

(FINAL CHORUS:)
To fifty-nine cents to every man's dollar,
Fifty-nine cents, it's a low down deal,
Fifty-nine cents makes a grown woman hollar,
"You can keep your flowers, buddy, give us a raise!"


Notes:

1 - Songs for Labor booklet, prepared for the AFL-CIO Department of Education, December 1983, p. 8.

2 - Fred Small information according to Wikipedia.