"Day Job" as written by and William/rhodes Leen....
Well we've been here once before
And we've stuck it out for more
When we come around we'll settle down
The cracks below the floor
Has it been eleven years
Since I've stood here with my peers
And we started out to conquer doubt and frisbee
I should've been a whole lot farther
I'm never going back to college
For just one good day job
You're not missing much for sure
Only everything that's yours
And at times it fails and we're full sail in the gutter
Is this home 'cause I forgot
If it is then thanks a lot
'Cause I can't pretend to know one end from the other
I should've been a whole lot farther
I'm never going back to college
For just one good day job
You're not missing much for sure
Only everything that's yours
At times it fails and we're full sail in the gutter
Is this home 'cause I forgot
If it is then thanks a lot
'Cause I can't pretend to know one end from the other
I should've been a whole lot farther
I'm never going back to college
For just one good day job.


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"Day Job" as written by Jesse M. Valenzuela D. Scott Johnson

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentA song about questioning how important hard work and education really is.

    The further he gets in age, the more and less at the same time, he regrets doing and not doing some things.

    It's about the confusion of maturity in mid 20's.

    Why are we where we are, and could we be somewhere else?

    "You're not missing much for sure, only everything that's yours."

    A perfect lyric that essentially says there's not much out there, but if you really look and try, you can have it all.
    magicmanx9on November 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a direct questioning of the value of hard work. day job states that no matter how much time and effort you put into attempting to achieve success, you will usually never find it. however, the song also implies that sometimes success will find you, but seeminly only because of luck. yes, this song does sum up the thoughts of many new college grads.
    GinBlossomson January 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentday job is a great song for young adults who feel they're not making it in the world of work. here, GB is questioning whether or not working hard will actually cause you to get somewhere in life. the whole 'been 11 years since i've stood here with me peers' part tells about a group of people who all went to college together and worked hard, but only a portion of people were actually successful
    MajorLodgeVictoryon September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry folks, english's not my first language, what does "doubt and frisbee" mean? Is that some sort of idiom that means "everything"?
    Marquezon May 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI realize I am really late to this party, but I think the verse "You're not missing much for sure, only everything that's yours...at times it fails and we're full sail in the gutter" may be a reference to one of the founding members of the band, Doug Hopkins, who committed suicide after he was fired from the band but before the first album was released. He was a major contributor with the song writing and his long battle with alcohol may have been documented in the song "Hold Me Down" from the first album "New Miserable Experience." Just another opinion from a fan of the band and also a native from Phoenix as the band is.
    PenguinJTHon February 02, 2012   Link

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