Work, no work, there’s always a song

Today’s theme is “laziness.”

As some of you know I am furloughed from my part-time — which might as well be my full-time — job. You might guess why if you don’t know and may just come up correct.

A friend just sent me a text saying he received his partial check — he’s full-time — and it hit him that the furlough was real. And not real fun. Well, what do people do when they feel the despair of unemployment? They drink. Well, some do but drinking is for good times so you will wake up feeling bad the next morning. Or else, drinking is for boredom, of which there is plenty of boredom in unemployment. What I was going for was music. Music soothes the savage beast and takes you to, hopefully, a better place.

So I am presenting my top 10 songs for unemployment. Some might make you feel better about unemployment, some may make you psyched about going back to work — if and when that comes — or it will bum the crackers out of your arthritic neck. A note here about the songs. I am not placing which is my favorites from 1 to 10 or 10 to 1 or 5 to 1 and 10 to 5. That would be a lot of work for something which I am not getting paid. I also am not linking the songs to You Tube. I could do that. But all you have to do is copy the song, put it in search along with the words “You Tube,” and you will be likely to find it. Really, I could do all that since I am unemployed temporarily but I think I will just instead sit around and listen to the music. What a putz, huh?

Get A Job – The Silhouettes 1957

Working Man – Rush 1974

Working Man Blues – Merle Haggard 1969

*Carmelita – Warren Zevon 1976

Workin’ For A Livin’ – Huey Lewis and the News 1982

Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte 1956

Maggie’s Farm – Bob Dylan 1965

Bang The Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren 1983

Two More Bottles of Wine – Emmylou Harris 1978

9 To 5 – Dolly Partin 1980

 *Technically, this song is not about working or specifically regarding the state of unemployment. Instead, it’s about the pain and suffering of heroin addiction. It just goes without saying, after listening to the song, that the narrator does not hold steady employment.

To my brothers and sisters who are furloughed, I wish you the best. Here comes the weekend and maybe better things will come soon. So relax. Take the rest of the day off. LOL, as we say online, meaning “laugh out loud.” Or is it lemon or lime?