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When a Worker is out of a Job, song lyrics

Song: When a Worker is out of a Job
Lyrics: (2)

Music:
Year: c.1930(1)
Genre:
Country: USA


All nature is sick, from her heels to her hair,
When a worker's out of a job,
She's all out of kilter, beyond all repair,
When a worker is out of a job.

There's no juice in the earth, no salt in the sea,
no ginger in life, in this land of the free;
and the universe ain't what it's cracked up to be,
when a worker's out of a job.
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What's the good of blue skies and blossoming trees,
When a worker's out of a job?
And your kids have big patches all over your knees,
And a worker is out of a job.

Those patches you see are as big as the sky.
They blot out the landscape, they cover your eye.
And the sun can't shine through, the best it may try.
When a worker is out of a job.

Every human that works wants to help move the world,
but can't when they're out of a job.
They're left out behind, on the shelf they are curled,
When a worker is out of a job.

His life has not laughter, her life has no mirth,
They wonder just why they were placed on this Earth.
And they start into cussin' the day of their birth.
When a worker is out of a job.


Notes:

1 - Songs for Labour, prepared by tht AFL-CIO Department of Education, AFL-CIO Publication No. 56, December 1983, p.54-55.

2 - Joe Glazer claimed this song was written by Sam Walter Foss. in his book Labor's Troubadour, University of Illinois Press, 2002, ISBN 025207095X