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Take This Job and Shove It
Johnny Paycheck Lyrics


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Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason
I was working for
You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more

I've been workin' in this factory
For now on fifteen years
All this time I watched my woman
Drownin' in a pool of tears
And I've seen a lot of good folk die
That had a lot of bills to pay
I'd give the shirt right offa' my back
If I had the guts to say

Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason
I was workin' for
You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin' here no more

Well that foreman, he's a regular dog
The line boss, he's a fool
Got a brand new flattop haircut
Lord, he thinks he's cool

One of these days I'm gonna' blow my top
And that sucker, he's gonna' pay
Lord, I can't wait to see their faces
When I get the nerve to say

Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason
I was workin' for
You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin' here no more

Take this job and shove it

Overall Meaning

is a song by Johnny Paycheck about a blue-collar worker who has had enough of his job and decides to quit. The lyrics describe the character's frustration with his monotonous job and his boss, the foreman, and the line boss. He has been working in the factory for fifteen years, during which time he has watched his woman suffer, and now she has left him. He has lost all motivation for working as he had been doing it for the sake of his woman. He decides to quit the job without any plans of what he will do next. The song represents a symbol of the working class's disillusionment with their jobs.


The lyrics of the song have been interpreted as an assertion of working-class identity and a call for greater respect from employers. The character is seeking to assert his dignity by walking away from a job that he feels has undermined his self-respect. The song has become an anthem for disgruntled employees seeking to leave their jobs on their terms. The song has also been adopted by various working-class movements as a symbol of their struggle.


Johnny Paycheck's song Take This Job and Shove It was a commercial success in 1977 when it was released. The song spent 18 weeks at the top of the country music charts and crossed over to the pop charts. The song was also adapted into a film in 1981, which starred Robert Hays and Barbara Hershey. The film was a box office success but received mixed reviews.


Line by Line Meaning

Take this job and shove it
I'm fed up and quitting this job


I ain't working here no more
I won't tolerate this job anymore


My woman done left and took all the reason I was working for
My loved one left me, and this job no longer serves a purpose for me


You better not try to stand in my way As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Don't try to stop me from leaving


I've been workin' in this factory For now on fifteen years
I've dedicated a considerable amount of time in this factory


All this time I watched my woman Drownin' in a pool of tears
My partner has been struggling, and I'm unable to help


And I've seen a lot of good folk die That had a lot of bills to pay
Many people who worked here lost their lives while still struggling to make ends meet


I'd give the shirt right offa' my back If I had the guts to say
I'm willing to make sacrifices to speak my mind


Well that foreman he's a regular dog The line boss he's a fool
My superiors are disrespectful and incompetent


Got a brand new flattop haircut Lord he thinks he's cool
My boss is arrogant and thinks he's above everyone else


One of these days I'm gonna' blow my top And that sucker he's gonna' pay
I'm going to lose control, and my boss will face the consequences


Lord I can't wait to see their faces When I get the nerve to say
I'm eager to confront them for their actions




Lyrics Β© Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: David Allan Coe

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Amber Force

A well written song with a touch of tragedy. Interesting the way the singer only imagines saying the words, but is wistful he/she had the courage to actually follow through. Lyrics below:

Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason
I was working for
You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more

I've been workin' in this factory
For now on fifteen years
All this time I watched my woman
Drownin' in a pool of tears

And I've seen a lot of good folk die
That had a lot of bills to pay
I'd give the shirt right offa' my back
If I had the guts to say

Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason
I was workin' for
You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin' here no more

Well that foreman, he's a regular dog
The line boss, he's a fool
Got a brand new flattop haircut
Lord, he thinks he's cool

One of these days I'm gonna' blow my top
And that sucker, he's gonna' pay
Lord, I can't wait to see their faces
When I get the nerve to say

Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason
I was workin' for
You better not try to stand in my way
As I'm a-walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin' here no more
Take this job and shove it



All comments from YouTube:

Nancy Skilton

I retired yesterday after 45 years as a nurse. Been playing this song nonstop!

Bjorn Maxson

Hello Nancy, how're you doing today...

Rome Cottrell

Nancy Skilton good luck to you and I thank you for your service πŸ˜ƒπŸ’β›ͺ.

Ken Dufresne

Happy retirement and thank you for your many years of being a nurse.

Edward Writt

Thank you for your service. Being a nurse is one of the hardest jobs. 45 years , wow , all of the people you took care of will remember you forever. Love and respect. Enjoy your retirement

Hugh2Hoob

Nurses do all the work Doctors today are lazy

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Kimberly Haugan

This is real country music telling a story we all can relate to.

Jeffery McCormick

Yep texas red dirt country is the closest thing we got to the good old days. The modern pop crap sucks

Freshify Clips

@Jeffery McCormick im 19 and agree with this statement.

Bryce Althoff

This is a song for everyone using their lunch break to browse career sites. I’m right there with you!

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