Somethin' for Nothin'
Work Force Lyrics


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Tommy had a guitar
He worked all summer for
Saved and sweated every night
Sweeping up dirty floors
And when he played his music
That wasn't all he'd hear
Words his daddy told him
Kept ringing in his ear-he said...

You can't get somethin' for nothin'
No matter how hard you try
You can't get somethin' for nothin'
It's something to get by

Tommy left his hometown
Headed for L.A.
He was shooting for the bigtime
Gonna make it his own way
Late one night he swore he'd never
Sell himself out flat
Ah, but don't you know he soon found out
It doesn't always work like that

You can't get somethin' for nothin'
No matter how hard you try
You can't get somethin' for nothin'
It's something to get by

A few short months had passed by
Before tommy was back in town
But a fire burned inside him
He couldn't put that 6-string down
Said he learned some lessons
And was far from a broken man
But the words his daddy told him
He'd experienced first hand

You can't get somethin' for nothin'
No matter how hard you try
You can't get somethin' for nothin'
It's something to get by
Listen to what people tell you
Then hear what your heart has to say




Hey, you can't get somethin' for nothin'
You've got to pay to play

Overall Meaning

These lyrics tell the story of a young man named Tommy who has a passion for music and dreams of making it big in the industry. Tommy is portrayed as hardworking and dedicated, as he saves up money from summer jobs and works late nights to pursue his musical goals. However, he also carries with him the advice his father gave him, which warns against expecting something for nothing.


The chorus "You can't get somethin' for nothin', No matter how hard you try, It's something to get by" serves as a reminder that success and achievements don't come without effort and sacrifice. Tommy's father's words continue to ring in his ears as he leaves his hometown and heads to Los Angeles in pursuit of fame and fortune. Despite his determination to make it on his own terms, Tommy soon realizes that the music industry is not as straightforward as he expected.


In the second verse, it is implied that Tommy faced the temptation of compromising his values and selling out his artistic integrity to achieve success. However, he quickly discovers that this path doesn't always lead to the desired outcome. The lyrics emphasize the importance of maintaining personal values and integrity, even in the face of challenges and temptations.


After a few months, Tommy returns to his hometown, still carrying the fire and passion for music. He acknowledges that he has learned some valuable lessons and has grown from his experiences. In this verse, Tommy's story underscores the idea that setbacks and failures can be valuable learning opportunities, and that true growth comes from those experiences.


The lyrics conclude with the message that one should listen to the advice and guidance of others, but ultimately, it is important to follow one's own heart and instincts. The line "You've got to pay to play" captures the idea that success often requires hard work and perseverance. Overall, the song emphasizes the notion that success in any endeavor comes with a price, and shortcuts or expecting something for nothing rarely lead to genuine and lasting achievements.


Line by Line Meaning

Tommy had a guitar
Tommy possessed a guitar


He worked all summer for
Tommy labored throughout the summer in exchange for


Saved and sweated every night
He saved diligently and exerted great effort nightly


Sweeping up dirty floors
Cleaning filthy floors


And when he played his music
Whenever he performed his musical compositions


That wasn't all he'd hear
He didn't solely hear the sound of music


Words his daddy told him
The advice and wisdom from his father


Kept ringing in his ear-he said...
Persistently echoed within his mind – his father's words were...


You can't get somethin' for nothin'
One cannot obtain something valuable without giving anything in return


No matter how hard you try
Irrespective of the level of effort exerted


It's something to get by
One must settle for what is necessary to survive


Tommy left his hometown
Tommy departed from his place of birth


Headed for L.A.
On his way to Los Angeles


He was shooting for the bigtime
He aspired to achieve great success and fame


Gonna make it his own way
Intending to achieve success through his unique approach


Late one night he swore he'd never
During a late hour, he made a solemn vow never to


Sell himself out flat
Compromise his integrity and self-worth


Ah, but don't you know he soon found out
However, he quickly discovered


It doesn't always work like that
Success does not always come as easily as anticipated


A few short months had passed by
Only a brief period of a few months went by


Before tommy was back in town
Prior to Tommy returning to his hometown


But a fire burned inside him
Nevertheless, a intense passion ignited within him


He couldn't put that 6-string down
He was unable to stop playing his guitar


Said he learned some lessons
He stated that he gained valuable insights


And was far from a broken man
Despite facing challenges, he remained resilient and strong


But the words his daddy told him
However, his father's words of wisdom


He'd experienced first hand
He personally encountered and understood


Listen to what people tell you
Pay attention to the advice given by others


Then hear what your heart has to say
Subsequently, consider the thoughts and desires of your own heart


Hey, you can't get somethin' for nothin'
Hey, you cannot obtain valuable things without offering anything in return


You've got to pay to play
Being successful requires making sacrifices and investing effort




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Written by: Chris Holmes, Mark Adams, Ralph Henry, Rick Henry, Ron Kimball, Scott Henry

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