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​Taking Care Of Business

This song is by Lindisfarne and appears on the album Roll On, Ruby (1973).

Long time ago, 1965 or so
I met a man with a face that was a real disgrace
Pictures he took and put them in a little book
So ambitious was he, he even took a picture of me

Then one day he opened up a studio (Start recording now)
Tried to make it pay, making hit records or no
And he asked me along write him a little song
I got the studio free, sign this paper for me

You've got to take good care of business, my friend
Take good care of yourself
You've got to take good care of business, my friend
Otherwise you'll end up on the shelf

Later on after I wrote the song
Even heard it played up on Radio One (Radio One)
Manager said "Money all gone away
You spent it you see, up and down the country"

You've got to take good care of business, my friend
Take good care of yourself
You've got to take good care of business, my friend
Otherwise you'll end up on the shelf

Well I started to say, I mean we've got to play
What else can we do? We're not clever like you
Then said he "You know how I'm fair
You can sign to the company for another ten years"

You've got to take, take good care of business, my boys
Take good care of yourself
You've got to take, take good care of business, my boys
Otherwise you're gonna end up on the shelf

Written by:

Alan Hull