"She Works Hard For The Money" as written by Michael Omartian and Donna Summer....
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

Onetta there in the corner stands
And she wonders where she is.
And the rain still hurts,
Some people seem to have everything.
Nine a.m. on the hour hand
And she's waiting for the bell.
And she's looking real pretty.
She's waiting for her clientele.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

Twenty-eight years have come and gone.
And she's seen a lot of tears
Of the ones who come in.
They really seem to need her there.
It's a sacrifice working day to day.
For little money just tips for pay.
But it's worth it all just to hear them say that they care.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

Already knows she's seen her bad times.
Already knows these are the good times.
She'll never sell out, she never will, not for a dollar bill.
She works hard

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

Works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.


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"She Works Hard for the Money" as written by Michael Omartian Donna Summer

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  • +3
    General CommentShe's not talking about people who won't sell out. She's talking about older women working..."twilight years." This song was written at a time when not so many women were working full-time. They were stay-at-home mothers...at least they were supposed to be. Latch key kids was a rather new concept and it was frowned upon. Working women were seen as shifty for not being home where they were needed. Donna Summer's song is a type of feminist anthem...telling people to respect the working woman because she's earned their respect. BAD GIRLS is about prostitution, but this song is not. Trust me on this....nobody knows this album better than I ('cause I"m OLD:)
    ASweetPeaon October 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUgh. The "bell" is what is rung when an order is up. The song also talks about "tips" being her only pay. Prostitutes, although they may accept tips, set their pay rate. The song is about a woman who waitresses for a living...probably at a little corner coffee shop. Back then, there were not many jobs for women other than secretarial; waitressing; flight attendant; etc. This is a song to show respect to working women....not working girls:)
    freetobemeon December 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am anxious to work hard for my money. RIP Donna Summer. Not sure how I would have survived my junior and senior year of high school w/o you and Gloria Gaynor:)
    ILUVUon May 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI feel that this song is about a stripper not a prostitute because of the line "It's a sacrifice working day to day
    For little money, just tips for pay
    But it's worth it all
    To hear them say that they care" because strippers get paid in dollar bill tips
    and the line "She'll never sell out
    She never will
    Not for a dollar bill" is her saying she wont be a prostitute.
    velvetmauon January 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's talking about people who won't sell out. They stick to what they believe in even if it's not producing extreme satisfaction. They work hard to survive.

    NOT FOR A DOLLAR BILL! SHE WORKS HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    donnasummersfanon March 26, 2010   Link
  • -3
    General CommentIt's about prostitution.
    The end. :)
    courtneehon February 22, 2007   Link

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