It’s My Job – Jimmy Buffett/Mac McAnally

This was my anthem yesterday. A 14-hour work day, with a break for breakfast and a shower. Which left no brain cells for blogging. Maybe this weekend I’ll find time to write something creative.

In the meantime, this is one of my favorite Mac McAnally songs. The only YouTube video I could find was shaky and the crowd was singing louder than Jimmy, so here’s a studio version – with pictures of the Man himself.

Mac wrote this when he was 22. I wonder how he got so wise, so young…

It’s My Job

In the middle of late last night I was sittin’ on a curb
I didn’t know what about, but I was feelin’ quite disturbed
A street sweeper came whistlin’ by, he was bouncin’ every step
It seemed strange how good he felt, so I asked him while he swept

He said, “It’s my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that’s enough reason to go for me
It’s my job to be better than the rest
And that makes a day for me.”

I got an uncle who owns a bank, he’s a self-made millionaire
He never had anyone to love, never had no one to care
He always seemed kinda sad to me and I asked him why that was
And he told me it’s because in my contract there’s this clause

That says, “It’s my job to be worried half to death
And that’s the thing people respect in me
It’s my job but without it I’d be less
Than what I expect from me.”

Now I’ve been lazy most all my life writin’ songs and sleepin’ late
And any manual labor I’ve done was purely by mistake
If street sweepers can smile then I’ve got no right to feel upset
But sometimes I still forget
‘Til the lights go on and the stage is set
And the song hits home and you feel that sweat

It’s my job to be different than the rest
And that’s enough reason to go for me
It’s my job to be better than the rest
And that’s a rough break for me

It’s my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that’s enough reason to go for me
It’s my job to be better than the rest
And that makes the day for me

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