A Girl's Work Is Never Done
The Chordettes Lyrics


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A girl's work is never done
You boys think we are having fun
Mopping and sweeping up the floor
Uh oh, the sales man's at the door

Never done, never done
A girl's work is never done
Wash up the windows and the blinds
Aw, heck, the rain, a waste of time
And now the kids are home from school
They're tracking mud from room to room

You think it's fun, it's never done
A girl's work is never done

And now my father's home from work
With fifteen hundred dirty shirts
You think he'd help me clean the house
He says he's tired and knocked out
(Yeah, man, I'm beat)

While I cook, he reads a book
A girl's work is never done

My baby brother's now in bed
Lullaby and goodnight
I need an aspirin for my head
There in the living room, Pop sleeps
That means the dog I've got to feed

Never done, never done
A girl's work is never done
A girl's work is never done
A girl's work is never done




A girl's work is never done
A girl's work is never done

Overall Meaning

The Chordettes song "A Girl's Work Is Never Done" is a catchy tune that encapsulates the monotonous daily routine of a housewife, which involves never-ending chores, without a break. The lyrics begin with the idea that boys think it's easy being a girl, but really it is a challenging, perpetual occupation. The first verse tells the story of someone who is mopping and sweeping the floor when the salesperson suddenly arrives at their door, creating an interruption in their daily routine. The second verse illustrates the never-ending cycle of chores, for example, washing the windows and blinds, only to have them get muddy again once the kids return home from school. It emphasizes that a girl's work is tedious and often unrewarding.


The third verse is particularly interesting as it discusses the girl's father, who does not offer any help with the chores but instead informs her he is exhausted. While she is busy cooking, he reads a book. The last verse depicts the girl's intense and stressful day, where she finally gets her baby brother to bed but finds her father napping in the living room, and realizes that she still has to feed the dog. The repetition of the chorus ("a girl's work is never done") underscores the idea that the work is never-ending, and the girl is always busy.


Line by Line Meaning

A girl's work is never done
Being a girl means a lifetime of responsibility and work without any rest


You boys think we are having fun
Boys have no idea of the endless chores girls are burdened with


Mopping and sweeping up the floor
Girls have to do dirty work like cleaning the floor


Uh oh, the sales man's at the door
Girls don't even get to rest because salesmen come unannounced


Wash up the windows and the blinds
Girls have to do meticulous work like washing windows and blinds


Aw, heck, the rain, a waste of time
Girls feel frustrated when their work, like cleaning windows, is undone by outside factors


And now the kids are home from school
Girls have to deal with the mess kids bring back from school


They're tracking mud from room to room
Girls have to clean up after the kids who dirty the house by spreading mud around


You think it's fun, it's never done
Boys may think cleaning is a fun activity, but for girls, it's an endless task


With fifteen hundred dirty shirts
Girls have to do the laundry of an entire family


He says he's tired and knocked out
Men do not help in household work and often make excuses


While I cook, he reads a book
Girls have to multi-task and cook while the men relax


My baby brother's now in bed
Girls have to take care of younger siblings


Lullaby and goodnight
Girls have to sing lullabies to make their siblings sleep


I need an aspirin for my head
The workload is so much that girls get headaches


There in the living room, Pop sleeps
Men often relax while girls have to do the hard work


That means the dog I've got to feed
Girls have to take care of even the pets in the house


Never done, never done
Girls' work is never-ending


A girl's work is never done
Being a girl means a lifetime of responsibility and work without any rest


A girl's work is never done
Being a girl means a lifetime of responsibility and work without any rest


A girl's work is never done
Being a girl means a lifetime of responsibility and work without any rest


A girl's work is never done
Being a girl means a lifetime of responsibility and work without any rest


A girl's work is never done
Being a girl means a lifetime of responsibility and work without any rest




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DONALD RAYSOR, RICHARD BARRETT

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Comments from YouTube:

Darlene Dumas

My twin sister very first 45 record with the record player!!!! Loved it😂

Isabela Gatewood

this song sounds like a cry for help i dont know why though

R.M.S.

I listen to this while cleaning

Myriam Merabtene

master piece

Peter Emmert

If that's King Curtis on sax (and it sure sounds like it is), it sounds like the group was at the same studio as The Coasters when they did their song, "Yakety Yak"

Don Wargowsky

Good call ! It does sound like the same back-up band .

Tim Wenburg

Have the Picture Sleeve for this single, this is the first time I've ever heard this song. Just showed Jackie Ertel hugging a mop in old shirt and jeans.

Janette Wilkins

Nice

israel lobo rufino

best song

Kerry Howard

Yesssss

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