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You might say Peggy is an artist who needs no introduction. Yet, here she revisits many traditional songs from her vast repertoire with finer voice and deeper appreciation than any of her previous recordings. She can make a traditional song sound timeless, yet as current as if written yesterday. She also includes one moving, bittersweet original song about growing old. This is the recording you want to play for a younger singer and say: "This is the way traditional music remains alive." - Rich Warren, WFMT

Peggy Quotes 2

On Almost Commerically Viable, both Peggy and Irene's voices are really fresh, despite their combined ages of over a century. Peggy sounds clear and sharp in the hard-hitting song 'Guilty' and seductive in the jazzy 'Sweet Heroine'. Irene has a soft voice, high and light, which complements Peggy's voice well.
- Andy Malkin

 

For a Job

FOR  A  JOB             
(1992)    

tune: Peggy Seeger
words: Peggy Seeger and Irene Scott
disc 26
© 1992 Peggy Seeger  (1)


He’d give the world for a job ’cause the job’s his world.                                                                  
The earth’s his oyster, he’s the pearl -
Gives him something to do, money in hand,
Without a job a man’s not a man.
         A man needs a job.
   
∆   Man on a mountain, tearing that mountain down.
Man in a forest, building another town -
The world is his wherever he goes,
To do what he wants with, ’cause the world owes
          Every man a job.

What would he give for a job? His heart and his lungs,
Mutilate his body, father mutant sons -
Silicon and lint, asbestos and coal,
The world wants life, man wants control,
        But he’d give up life for a job.

∆   Ivory hunter, nuclear engineer,
Rainforest logger, arms trader, financier -
Creators of junk food, acid rain, CFC’s
And all those things that bring death and disease;
†   Made to waste, made without heed,
All those things that nobody needs.
        So is a job just a job?


He’d give the world for a job, he’s running wild;
Blindfold, brainwashed, self-centered, Pavlov’s child -
Turn forest to desert, turn heaven to hell,
Turn home into nothing,will we live to tell
        How we gave the world for a job?
              «    The whole world for a job.
            We gave the world for a job.


Music note:  This is best sung almost casually, with lots of melodic variations.

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