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Graham Parker — Honest Work
Album: 12 Haunted Episodes
Avg rating:
6.1

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Total ratings: 93









Released: 1995
Length: 3:52
Plays (last 30 days): 0
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

CHORUS
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

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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

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1995?
Didn't realize he was still recording in '95.
Loved him back in the "Discovering Japan" days (79-ish?).
This song ain't bad.
 Cynaera wrote:
I'd never heard this before, but I love what little I've heard of his other work.  This gets a 7, with probability of going higher. Toes tapping, head bobbing, and a silly grin on my face.  Think I'll go accomplish something now - maybe some "honest work." {#Mrgreen}

 
You spoke my mind!
I'd never heard this before, but I love what little I've heard of his other work.  This gets a 7, with probability of going higher. Toes tapping, head bobbing, and a silly grin on my face.  Think I'll go accomplish something now - maybe some "honest work." {#Mrgreen}
Forgot how much I liked Graham Parker - thanks Bill !!
 culchie wrote:
Graham Parker.....

Nobody Loves him and nobody hates him.................. 
 
Oh, I beg to differ. I LOVE him!

Parker is soooo much better than this song!

I am a fan - but his song is just "lala" - bad even!


Earth Wind and Fire, then "new" David Lindley and rarely played Graham Parker. Bill, you are *seriously* rocking my Friday!!!

Graham Parker.....

Nobody Loves him and nobody hates him.................. 
Yeah, we definitely need more honesty and Graham Parker!
Like how it's about honesty
russteaches wrote:
Is that a didgeridoo in the background?
Too twangy and monotone. I think it's a Jew's harp.
Graham Parker is one of the great "unsung" singer song writers of the last thirty years. Not the most prolific of artists but one of the most poignant. Another great song from a great artist. Hadn't heard him in years, thanks for reminding how good he is.
Fab!
Is that a didgeridoo in the background?
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