"Midnight Shift" as written by and Ainsworth/lee....
If you see old Annie better give her a lift
Cause Annie's been a-working on a midnight shift

If Annie puts her hair up on her head
Paints them lips up bright, bright red
Wears that dress that fits real tight
Starts staying out 'til the middle of the night
Says that a friend gave her a lift
Well, Annie's been working on a midnight shift

If she acts a little funny, seems a little strange
Starts spending your money for brand new things
Tells you that she wants to use the car
Never explains what she wants it for
Brother, there just ain't no "ifs"
Cause Annie's been working on a midnight shift

Early in the morning when the sun comes up
You look at old Annie and she looks kinda rough
You tell her "honey, get on out of that bed"
She says "leave me alone, I'm just about dead"
Brother, there just ain't no "ifs"
Cause Annie's been working on a midnight shift

If you got a good mama that's staying at home
You'd better enjoy it, 'cause it won't last long
When you think everything's all right
She starts slipping round in the middle of the night
Brother, there just ain't no "ifs"
Cause Annie's been working on a midnight shift

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Midnight Shift" as written by Jimmie Ainsworth Earl Lee

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    General CommentIt is so funny... this song, "Love Me", and "Blue Days" have like the exact same opening few chords. It's hilarious.
    All good songs though...how can they not be? It's Buddy!
    Misseveruson September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs Annie a hooker???
    ScottishMindseton January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment8D

    Oh, Annie, are you okay? :d
    *****on May 30, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI immediately thought this was about a prostitute too. However, it appears that Annie is simply cheating on her man. It doesn't make sense for her to spend his money if she's making her own at night. It sounds like she's getting dolled up to go out partying.
    clovuson December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that she's cheating on him rather than literally working. "Slipping around" is a pretty common 1950s euphemism for cheating -- it shows up in country songs a lot.
    sharkycharmingon October 28, 2013   Link
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    Song ComparisonJakob Dylan's "All Day and All Night" bears a strong resemblance to this song, especially in the first verse. I'd guess it was an intentional homage.
    bfreebyon February 10, 2016   Link

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