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Little Village — Do You Want My Job
Album: Little Village
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Released: 1992
Length: 5:31
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Cool breezes from the mountains blow
As I wake up and dress to go
On the island dawn is breaking
In the harbour tanker's waiting
From the land of the rising sun
They bring their old plutonium
And we unload it in the bay
For two dollars forty cents a day

Chorus:
Do you want my
Do you want my
Do you want my
Do you want my job

I hump the stuff I take the cash
So my kids can wear Adidas
And if you live here home you know
We ain't got no place else to go

I remember when the air was sweet
And I brought home the fish to eat
Now we buy Spam from the grocery store
Cause you can eat the fish no more

Chorus
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Now the land of the rising sun is just going to release their old plutonium into the sea and the currents take it to us for free.
My fav on this album is Nick Lowes track "Fools Who Knows"  There is a stellar version of it live on youtube from Letterman
Ohhh BIll, so smooth of you to segue from Easy Star All-Stars w/ Toots and the Maytals cover of Radiohead's Let Down to this! Sweet! Just the same the song lyrics belie the harshness of the actual musical track: "Now we buy Spam from the grocery store
Cause you can eat the fish no more"
It'd be really cool to segue from this to some Hawaiian Slack Key.
Awesome!
I heard this a few weeks ago in a club . . . Love the song and the lyrics!
I can so hear John Hiatt's voice.  What a dream group:  Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner in addition to Hiatt.  Too bad they only made one album.
Sunday night, what a song. 
Do-wop, do-wop, mahjong.
 
mmmmm outstanding  : )
 grahamdillabough wrote:
I always liked this album.  Too bad these guys didn't do more.

 

 
The irony here is that, although the album—both self-admittedly and critically—was less than successful, a number of the songs, including this one, have worn rather well.
I always liked this album.  Too bad these guys didn't do more.

 
 DBCinCA wrote:
I've enjoyed the work of all these guys separately and together (this same line up -Hiatt, Cooder, Lowe and Keltner - played together on Hiatt's "Bring the Family" album). But nothing on this disc ever grabbed me.
 
yep,
i kept waiting for the bus and either i missed it
or they never got it started 
Nick Lowe later said, "Little Village was really good fun. Unfortunately, the record we did was no good."
Great album. Had the pleasure of seeing this supergroup at George Mason U in northern VA back in the 90s. And I still have my LV t-shirt.

But wondering why this song? It's nice but not among the best on the disc IMO.
swell sounds of the big island in a way, mahalo
The song "Big Love" on this album has more of Ry Cooder's wonderful slide guitar and is one of my all time fave's.

"I need love as big as an ocean
I need love that can't be crossed
A love in perpetual motion
I need a love that won't get lost
Do you know where this love can be found? 
Do you know where this love can be found?
Open up your eyes; take a look around
Do you know where this love can be found?
'Cause I'm a full-grown man
And I'm lookin' for a big love
I need a love gonna move this mountain
I need a love that I can't hide away
I need a love gonna lift me up to that drinking fountain
Just like my Daddy did in my younger days......."

 

This sounds like something out of The Lion King soundtrack
Move over Sufjan, this is the worst song on RP's playlist.
Again, no. Please stop bugging me about it - this is like aural spam.
No. No, I do not. Thanks for asking, though.
MrSpaz wrote:
Is he singing about being irradiated 'cause he unloads Plutonium from Japanese ships for $2.40/day? What a terrible sentiment! Nice song though. :)
Hey Mister Tally-man, tally me plutonium; Daylight come but I can't tell 'cause I already glow!
Is he singing about being irradiated 'cause he unloads Plutonium from Japanese ships for $2.40/day? What a terrible sentiment! Nice song though. :)
shevek wrote:
Ry Cooder is my favorite white guitar player. I love people like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Jimmy page, for sure, but Ry's technique embraces more styles, and his influences appeal more to me than those of any other guitar player I have heard. And I don't know why, but I get the feeling that he must be a great guy to hang around with and chat , maybe while having a couple of cold beers by some sunny beach...
Gotta agree on Ry (Although David Lindley is also pretty versatile). Saw him open for Clapton years ago. I like his acoustic stuff but one of my favorites with him is Jammin' With Edward. It's Nicky Hpokins and Mick Bill and Charlie from the stones. 'Edward' is Nicky Hopkins and the whole CD sounds like it's just rehearsal jamming. Very Cool!
Can we hear David Lindley's version from Twango Bango Deluxe? Nice live track.
I love the Hawaiian twinky-twinkys. They make the song. Makes we want May to rush into July so I can sit on my porch and get slowly blasted under the cavana!!
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
The vinyl lp of this sounds very very good.
Yeah, the musicians are playing a lot more focused on that version... :P
Ry Cooder is my favorite white guitar player. I love people like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Jimmy page, for sure, but Ry's technique embraces more styles, and his influences appeal more to me than those of any other guitar player I have heard. And I don't know why, but I get the feeling that he must be a great guy to hang around with and chat , maybe while having a couple of cold beers by some sunny beach...
camworld wrote:
I thought this was an Israel Kamakiwiwo'ole song I hadn't heard yet, but not quite.
I thought the same. :-) This doesn't have the depth of his voice, though. Of course, there's a big difference in bodies between John Prine and Izzy, RIP.
If I ever get this loose I'll need surgery.
The vinyl lp of this sounds very very good.
DBCinCA wrote:
I've enjoyed the work of all these guys separately and together (this same line up -Hiatt, Cooder, Lowe and Keltner - played together on Hiatt's "Bring the Family" album). But nothing on this disc ever grabbed me.
Not even "Solar Sex Panel"? Gotta like a tribute to baldness! As for this tune, it's pretty "eh", but I do like the Ry Cooder guitar sound in it.
jimmy buffet and marc ribout?
Nice combination of talents... an 8.
DBCinCA wrote:
I've enjoyed the work of all these guys separately and together (this same line up -Hiatt, Cooder, Lowe and Keltner - played together on Hiatt's "Bring the Family" album). But nothing on this disc ever grabbed me.
Yes, I know what you mean. This disc was a big disappointment to me, too.
I've enjoyed the work of all these guys separately and together (this same line up -Hiatt, Cooder, Lowe and Keltner - played together on Hiatt's "Bring the Family" album). But nothing on this disc ever grabbed me.
jeremyleo wrote:
I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a Little Village II.
I forgot how much I like this CD. Thanks for playing it. My fingers are crossed as well.
I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a Little Village II.
Nice, but I like David Lindley & Wally Ingram\'s version from Twango Bango Deluxe much better. (p.s. - my upload was accepted but I haven\'t heard it played here yet. hint, hint!)
I feel like I want to cry or something :cry: . I know :eek: it reminds me of CSN&Y \"this old house\" from the American Dream back in 88.
Tue Mar 05, 2002 - 03:33 By:  Johray63 Location: Meppel Got the feeling there were too many chiefs in command in this little village. Unfocused, therefore.
If different styles and different vocals within an album = unfocused, then I guess you could say for example that The Beatles Revolver was "unfocused". I thought Little Village was a very good album and wish they had done more.
Blech! Made me change the station!
Originally Posted by lyn: This CD is out of print :cry:
It comes up from the CDNow link and is on sale!
I also saw these guys live, and for the first third of the concert they seemed like they hadn\'t found their groove. And then they got it, and the audience tuned up their receptors, and they made *sublime* music for the rest of the night. More please. This CD is out of print :cry:
Saw this supergroup live, and I got the feeling that they were awkwardly anxious about making sure Hiatt didn\'t appear to be the leader. Protesting too much, methinks. He clearly ended up as the front man - like it or lump it. Didn\'t Lowe learn from Rockpile? And I LOVE this song.
Got the feeling there were too many chiefs in command in this little village. Unfocused, therefore.
First heard this a few years back on KCRW, when Ry Cooder was a guest on Chris Douridas\' morning show. An excellent song, nice to hear it here. :)
Boring - love the little hawiian-like twinky-twinks in the background - not. Muzak!
I thought this was an Israel Kamakiwiwo\'ole song I hadn\'t heard yet, but not quite.
More from the one and probably only Little Village collection other than Hiatt\'s Bring the Family.
Great choice Bill, this song has been on my personal playlist since the album came out.