Songs about Work

6. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now The Smiths.

The Smiths were pretty much always miserable, but they nail vocational misery with this.

Choice anti-work lyrics:

I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
But heaven knows I’m miserable now
I was looking for a job, and then i found a job
And heaven knows I’m miserable now

I randomly came across this list of 20 work-related songs, all about how much working sucks. I would agree that it does. But at this point, I agree that not working sucks more. The tedium of the application process, the frustration of rejection letters, the irritation when people tell you “get a job”…And maybe it is easy to just “get a job” as in any old one will do. But it’s not as simple as all that.

Getting a job that pays me $200 a week would get me off welfare but wouldn’t keep a roof over my head. Getting a job that required me to work odd hours would make the childcare situation difficult. Getting a job a great distance away would require long commutes or another move.

It’s not that I don’t want to try–I try daily. But settling for anything less than breaking even is ludicrous and settling for breaking even is unproductive.

There’s also the issue of the future to consider–mine and the girls. A job that won’t contribute anything to my resume or curriculum vitae, to the career path I’ve chosen, is a job that could actually prove detrimental in future job applications.

It’s a tough call, a hard road. And I find myself jealous of friends and family who can be excited about landing a poorly paying position at an eatery or a retail establishment.

At some point, all of my hard work looking for work in my field will pay off. Am I living in an alternate reality or are my choices smart and realistic? Is it important to consider the future consequences of current actions, the ultimate payoff of the instant payoff?

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