"9 To 5" as written by and Florrie Palmer....
Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
And yawn and stretch and try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin'
Out on the street the traffic starts jumpin'
With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that I would deserve a fat promotion
Want to move ahead but the boss won't seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me!

They let you dream just to watch 'em shatter
You're just a step on the boss-man's ladder
But you got dreams he'll never take away
You're in the same boat with a lotta your friends
Waitin' for the day your ship'll come in
'n' the tide's gonna turn and it's all gonna roll your way

Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind and you never get the credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
9 to 5, yeah they got you where they want you
There's a better life, and you dream about it, don't you?
It's a rich man's game no matter what they call it
And you spend your life puttin' money in his wallet

9 to 5, whoa what a way to make a livin'
'stead-a gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it

9 to 5, yeah they done got you where they want you
FADE
There's a better life, and you dream about it, don't you?
It's a rich man's game no matter what they call it


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    General Commentwell I thing many people thinks this way. Many pwople don't like to work nine to five... or harder...
    Luckyon February 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthaha mellincolin do a wicked cover fer this song
    mestchildon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General Comment*millencolin

    sry!!
    mestchildon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti really like this sone. I also really like Dolly Parton. She's sooooo cool!
    giggle13on June 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDolly wrote this song as a theme song for Jane Fonda's movie 9 to 5 in (I think) 1980. Dolly portrayed a feisty Southern secretary in the movie. The song became one of Dolly's greatest hits, reaching #1 on the country charts as well as #1 on the pop charts. It earned a Rolling Stone cover story, a Grammy, and an Oscar. It was featured as #78 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Songs.
    tantalumtellurideon January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlso, it's interesting to note that Dolly also won a Golden Globe for her acting performance in the movie 9 to 5. She unexpectedly overshadowed her costars, including Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

    Dolly Parton rules!
    tantalumtellurideon January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think Dolly Parton is obviously trying to promote Communism.

    'It's a rich man's game no matter what they call it'

    'You're in the same boat with a lotta your friends'

    I would definitely say this is a song supporting Communism. Interestingly, it was written towards the end of the hot period of the cold war between the USA and the USSR. Maybe Dolly Parton believed the Russians were going to invade America and she decided to make her political affiliations to the far left known with this song.
    Welshwizardon May 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlong live dolly
    goodluck20on August 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentShe is the Queen of Country and she has an amazing voice! She is really nice, if you ever get to met her!
    countrygirl33on December 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I must have watched it 50 times over the years.

    The song always reminds me of my mother, god bless her. This was her life in the late 70's when the song came out, working her fingers to the bone for thankless bosses just trying make a living and raise three girls on her own.
    forest29on January 04, 2007   Link

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