Work
Thelonious Monk Lyrics


The man who only lives for making money
Lives a life that isn't necessarily sunny
Likewise the man who works for fame

There's no guarantee that time won't erase his name
The fact is, the only work that really brings enjoyment
Is the kind that is for girl and boy meant
Fall in love and you won't regret it
That's the best work of all, if you can get it
Holding hands at midnight

'Neath a starry sky
Nice work if you can get it
And you can get it if you try
Strolling with the one girl
Sighing sigh after sigh
Nice work if you can get it
And you can get it if you try

Just imagine someone
Waiting at the cottage door
Where two hearts become one
Who could ask for anything more?
Loving one who loves you
And then taking that vow
It's nice work if you can get it
And if you get it, won't you tell me how?"

Just imagine someone
Waiting at the cottage door
Where two hearts become one
Who could ask for anything more?
Loving one who loves you
And then taking that vow
Nice work if you can get it
And if you get it, won't you tell me how?"

Lyrics © RALEIGH MUSIC PUBLISHING, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

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emtube

My favorite of all Monk's compositions and performances. This is fantastic, how anyone could conceive of such a unique masterpiece. I can't understand why he never seems to have recorded it or played it again...but I'm really grateful that he recorded it this once!

Arthro92

@noahvale939


lol...you jiving?! :-D

noahvale939

emtube, Another one is "Introspection", also a one-time-only masterpiece - it's on an early Blue Note album. Steve Lacy also recorded "Work" but, after playing with and learning from Monk, admitted that he had played it incorrectly.

Tom Maciel

Then, i recommend you to listen to Vijay Iyer version of this song!

John Stewart

He always reminds me of Eric Satie, but with bells on.

Lorenz Müller

emtube Chick Coreas favorite Monk tune.

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Postatility

None other than Peter Frampton recorded this on a Monk by others collection entitled"That's The Way I Feel Now" Frampton's version shows a great deal of understanding and musicianship.

james webb

I bought this as an EP in 1961 and on the B side was Nutty Monk, and I'm sure that the personnel were Percy Heath on base and Art Blakey on drums.

Michael o'keeffe

I still have the original 10" LP I got around the same time, the tunes were : Work / Nutty/ Blue Monk/ Just A Gigolo. I sold off much of my vinyl in the late 80s because of financial problems, but this baby survived the night of the long knives. Thank God.

Benjamin Marks

Ok but blakey is fire on those drums

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