Gotta Work

by Doctor Jon

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"Gotta Work" recorded with a single AKG C1000s Microphone, and features only "acoustic" instruments: drumset, acoustic guitar, mouth trumpet, human voice, six stringed ukulele, and badly intonated bass guitar. Recorded with GarageBand software in Starkville, MS.


"Gotta Work"

You worked real hard
to get a Ph.D. but there’s a
big wide world that takes money to see
You gotta Work
You gotta Work
You gotta Work

You pictured yourself
as a full professor
but high school dropouts
earn much better
Gotta work
Gotta work
Gotta work

Who cares about pondering
the human condition
when your kids need braces
and cars need fixing
Better Work
Better Work
Better Work

People laughed at Thales
said “why hear this man, he’s dressed in rags?”
but Thales got the last word
he applied astronomy to olive agronomy
and stuffed pre-Socratic money-bags

Yeah yeah yeah, we know all about Thales
but all the best positions are given to Yalies
Better work
Better work
Better work

You say you want
a vita contemplativa
well good luck, kid
‘cause no one’s gonna feed you
‘til you work
‘till you work
‘til you work


released January 18, 2014
Words an music by Doctor Jon (Jonathan Barlow), all instruments and voice performed by Doctor Jon in his pajamas.



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Doctor Jon Starkville, Mississippi

I make music at home with one microphone, a few guitars, an old drum set, and a macbook.

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