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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Six Best Songs About Work For May Day

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3. Talking Heads - "Don't Worry About The Government" Don't Worry About the Government by Talking Heads on Grooveshark David Byrne's character does not complain about his job in "Don't Worry About The Government." He loves his job, which is what makes the song so discomforting. Byrne's repetitious device - ending a line with a noun, starting the next line with the same one - comes off as compulsive, as does his unending love for his building. "Government" perfectly portrays the workaholic, all the way down to the generic sentiment of "I'll be working, working, but if you come visit / I'll put down what I'm doing / My friends are important."

2. Bob Dylan - "Maggie's Farm" Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

To some, "Maggie's Farm" is about having a crappy job. To others, it's about slavery. To Bob Dylan, the two are practically the same.

1. Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend" Working For The Weekend by Lover Boy on Grooveshark

Forget the following things: the decade, the laughable hair and clothes, the lack of other hits in Loverboy's catalog. With those ideas banished, "Working For The Weekend" is downright incredible, particularly the way the moody verses and joyous choruses echo the track's weekday/weekend dynamic. "The Weekend" is a metaphor for the reasons we work, for our families and friends and passions. So in addition to having a hook sharp enough to snag a marlin, "Working For The Weekend" is the best song about work because it puts the necessary evils of employment into perspective.

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