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Since 1959, Seeger has written hundreds of songs. Those who regard Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Laura Nyro as the first generation of singer-songwriters to craft material from women's experiences should think again. Seeger is a missing link between the 1950s American folk-song revival and women's liberation; the guitar-toting chanteuses of the 1970s could not have existed without either of those movements. - Laura Pellegrinellli, The Village Voice

Peggy Quotes 2

Songs of Love and Politics is a wonderful introduction to Peggy Seeger for those of you who are not familiar with her work and a delight to those love her work.
- Don Jacobsen, KVMR Radio

 

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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