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Honest Work

This song is by Graham Parker and appears on the album 12 Haunted Episodes (1995).

As long as you give me my pay You'll get your moneys worth
I'll be there 8 hours a day I won't hide and I won't shirk
I got a way with a hammer and a nail A dovetail and a tongue and groove
Put up a wall in half a day Guarantee it'll never move

Shouda li li li dum dum a day Honest work

I'm gonna build a strong foundation Marble walls like Grand Central Station
Not gonna feel any more frustration Do enough work for an entire nation
Gonna get a chisel and an awl and a saw Carve my name out on your door
A block and tackle and a spirit level Take your heart of glass and put on a bevel

CHORUS repeat

Got to build a strong foundation Strong enough to hold up a nation
Strong enough to put your faith in The roof won't leak and the floor won't cave in
Gonna get a lathe and a capstan press Take an old claw hammer to this mess
Gonna knock down the walls of denial Wear 'em down with a pick and a file

CHORUS repeat

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