Get A Job

This song was written by Richard Lewis before he became a member of the Silhouettes, when he was in the US army in the early 1950s and after he came home and didn’t go to work right away, his mother told him to “Get a job”.  The song was released on their 1958 album Get A Job and the single reached #1 in the US, but it was the only single by the Silhouettes to make the national charts.  Sha-Na-Na took their name from the “Sha na na na, sha na na na na” refrain in this song and they performed it at Woodstock in 1969.

The doo wop group consisted of William Horton, Richard Lewis, Earl T. Beal, and Raymond Edwards, but this song also had Rollee McGill on saxophone, Orlando “Slim” Howard on piano and James “Coatesville” Harris on drums.  The lyrics discuss unemployment and domestic relationships, with the woman of the house nagging the man to find work, implying that he is both lazy and dishonest.

Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Dip dip dip dip dip dip dip dip
Mum mum mum mum mum mum
Get a job
Sha na na na – sha na na na na

Every morning about this time
She gets me out of my bed a-crying
Get a job

After breakfast every day
She throws the want ads right my way
And never fails to say
Get a job

Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Dip dip dip dip dip dip dip dip
Mum mum mum mum mum mum
Get a job
Sha na na na – sha na na na na

And when I get the paper
I read it through and through
And my girl never fails to say
If there is any work for me

And when I go back to the house
I hear the woman’s mouth
Preaching and a-crying
Tell me that I’m lying
About a job
That I never could find

Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Sha na na na – sha na na na na
Dip dip dip dip dip dip dip dip
Mum mum mum mum mum mum
Get a job
Sha na na na – sha na na na na

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver – #251 hosted by Michael – November 28 – Job.

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