9:00 TO 9:00

Pay your dues
Pack the boxes, take the orders
Serve up the food
Or sittin' in some corner
Of some dismal room without air
Slugging from a swivel back chair
Well, you don't really care
Until the supervisor dresses you down.

If you want to succeed as a Temp
You got to learn some simple steps
You got to shape up your act
Or you'll wind up axed
Now you're doin' the dance 9:00 to 9:00.

First be a fly on the wall
You got to give it your all
Now lead with your right
Word processor type!

Install the knob
Crank the column, read the meter
Just deliver the job, elementary school teacher.
You might be a corporate VP
With a Hudson River view
Or the man with the mop and the broom.

In every office and shop
There's someone watching the clock.
You got to slave for the wage
Punch in on time, step ball change 9:00 to 9:00.

Take a break boys, and girls
Let's give the coffee a whirl
Down the hall to your right
Don't your future look bright?

Sip a Coke, crack a joke, you'll survive
Cop to the beat of the drone in the hive.

So, park the cars
Prep the wet bar, mark the copy
But whoever you are
Don't kill the file and trash the floppy.
Cause if you crash
You'll miss that company deadline
It's a rude move, guy --
Shot down on the firing line!

Well, there's a hand you can't bite
Or your boss will filet you alive!
Although you're well underpaid
Down on your knees housemaid
Now you're doin' the dance
Now you're doin' the dance.

So keep your best foot up front
For the shift, grind and grunt
Give 'em that old shuck and jive
You got to cater to with a fine soft shoe
Now you're doin' the dance 9:00 to 9:00.

Now you're back at your desk
Chin up, don't be depressed
Just turn the next page
Gently move through your rage 9:00 to 9:00.

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