"22 Grand Job" as written by and Alan/swinnerton Donohoe....
[Chorus: x2]
22 grand job
In the city it's alright
22 grand job
In the city it's alright
22 grand job
In the city that sounds nice,
It's alright, it's alright
In the city it's alright

Come from the work, looks alright
Put the lattitude right
Different sails lots of tunes
What am I supposed to do?
But he's only 28
No more 22
It's alright, it's alright
In the city it's alright

[Chorus]

Dancing up street Thursday night
In the city that sounds nice
Looking sharp in my (calise?)
Did we do the same degree?
I've said less to me all week
Got to go on Emily
That's alright, that's alright
If the money is alright

[Chorus]

22 grand job
22 grand job
22 grand job
22 grand job
In the city that sounds nice


Lyrics submitted by i_love_starburst, edited by Vafur

"22 Grand Job" as written by James Horn-smith Alan Donohoe

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    General Commentlol this is funny, he's being all smug because he's earning 22,000 from his city's job. when i listen to it it's kinda 80's like and breezy and cartoony. love this one.
    tigersroamfreeon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt’s a funny song but I don’t think he’s being smug about it. He just saying “its alright”- better than some but not as good as the bloke from sales. It’s more a mockery of the situation many people are in when they leave university. Working in the city, on an average wage, doing little else apart from talking about women from work and drinking. “Pub club, sleep….” has the same theme.

    Also I think the lyric’s “down Old Street Thursday night”, there’s loads of bars on Old Street. I’ve never heard of St. Earl Street.


    Quality song
    rivieraon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeh its bringing back the punk tradition of proper social commentry looking at the way a lot of people in the UK are in a frank and realsitic manner, getting by day at a time then going out drinking... much as Hard-Fi showed with living for the weekend, although i question the quality of those lyrics in places... these on the other hand are great a lot of credits gotta go to these guys for producing an album which keeps music not money at its heart and produces a set of lyrical wonders and whats more the tracks are the right length and unlike so much music right now (...arctic monkeys...) is not over-produced or pretentious
    sandimanon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe said it was about when he went for an interview for a job that was 22,000 a year, and left the interview all smug, thinking he got it. He soon got a call telling him he wasn't "right for the job", as they say.
    Manchineon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how having a life in the city earning a reasonable salary may be ok but is not good enough. It implies that 9 to 5 life is menial and unfulfilling. A lot of the songs on the album ar like this and what I like about this song is that it has a chirpy tune. Not dissimilar to The Smiths' "Panic", it makes a serious reflection on life, but does it an almost eerily chirpy fashion.
    joe-danielson August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat riviera makes sense..
    anybody saw the video clip?? love the dance xD
    TheFallenon April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotally great song and I agree with joe-daniels about the job stuff.
    ---LiMeGrAvY---on July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd I heard it live at Reading Leeds Fest with Bloc Party Maximo Park and Towers of London and lemme tell ya it FREAKING ROCKS!!!!!
    ---LiMeGrAvY---on August 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThe lines are,

    "The girl from work looks alright,
    But the lights too bright,
    Bloke in Sales likes her too
    What am I supposed to do,
    But he's earning 28,
    And I'm on 22"



    "Down to Old Street Thursday night,
    In the City that sounds nice,
    Talking shop to my colleagues,
    Did we do the same degree?,
    You've said less to me all week,
    -Got to go home, [I'm] in early"


    Which makes sense, fortunately.
    matthewsheffieldon December 18, 2011   Link

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