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When I got up this morning I walked down to the plant
I wanted to go to work but they said you can't
And when I asked the boss why I got canned
He said somethin' 'bout the laws of supply and demand
Well that's the kind of thing
That gets a man annoyed
When the wolf is knocking
And you're unemployed

And I filled out those forms they had in personnel
There's twenty men applying for every job to fill
Some boys in line are just bums like me
And some of them got sheepskins and PhD's
It's a sorry situation that you can't avoid
When you're over educated and unemployed

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I don't want to be told how long I have to wait
And I don't want to be no number in no jobless rate
Don't want no welfare from no welfare state
I just want to put the groceries on my baby's plate

When I die then I'll get my just reward
When the devil makes me chairman of the board
Whenever they had hard times in this land before
Then they said the way you stop it is to start a war
Well I don't want to hear none of that from no politicians no more
Or next election day they'll be unemployed

Writer(s): Steve Goodman

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