I’m washing these dishes at the Greasy Spoon.
I’ve got places to go tonight and hope to be off soon.
The next shift guy said something about going on a date,
And I suspect he’ll be a no call/no show or be late.
Man, I have to wash a lot of these dirty plates.
Then the boss will ask me if I want to stay,
But won’t I ‘cause I want time to play.
These pots and pans will never get clean enough,
And the baked on grease makes scrubbing tough.
Friends say this job is a good start for now,
But I’d like to have a real career, too.
The wages they pay are too low and,
I really don’t know what else I can do.
The more I work, my clothes get soaking wet,
and it seems to get hotter, mixing with sweat.
I hope the job and lead to better things, but
Howard Hughes didn’t start this way, I bet.
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