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Work

Informations sur la chanson

    Les paroles de la chanson

    (Mary Dee’s Office)

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] (office staff)
    Working women at the top,
    Will it ever stop?
    Papers piling up and up.
    Days go by like Monday, Tuesday:
    Work until we drop!
    All the time looking great,
    Running late,
    In a state, losing weight,
    Running late again
    And again.

    [MARY DEE] Let me have the letter that you typed up yesterday.
    Did Mr. Fisher send the fax to LA?
    Make sure the flowers don’t arrive too late
    And cancel my appointment at the Squash Club.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] What club?

    [MARY DEE] Squash Club.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Working women on the go,
    Will they ever know
    What it takes to run the show?
    Days go by like lightning,
    Will it ever slow?
    Half the time feeling dead,
    Over-fed,
    Aching head,
    Miss my bed.
    Over-fed again And again.

    [MARY DEE] Did they ever pick up the accountant’s resume?
    Make sure the car arrives in time for the plane.
    Get me the details of the takeover bid
    And write another letter to the Minister.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Minister?

    [MARY DEE] The Minister of love.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Love,
    (La…).

    [MARY DEE] Where’s the time for standing still?

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Holding hands and walking free.

    [MARY DEE] Where’s the time for you…

    [MARY DEE and WOMEN’S CHORUS] And me?

    [MARY DEE] Did I sign the letter that you typed up yesterday?
    Is Mr. Fisher on the flight to LA?
    He’s got the details of the takeover bid
    And I’ll be in a meeting with the Minister.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Minister, Minister of love,
    Love.

    [MARY DEE] Feeling confusion,
    Fear of intrusion,
    Frightened of losing my mind.
    Dreams of the future,
    Thoughts of myself left behind.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Working women at the top.

    [MARY DEE] Will I ever stop?
    Orders piling up and up.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] Days go by like Thursday, Friday.

    [MARY DEE] Always on the go,
    Part of myself lives inside.

    (Shanty’s office)

    [MEN’S CHORUS] When you ask a working man,
    ‘Does he ever stop?’
    Will he make it to the top?
    Should he take a break on Sunday?
    Work until he drop.

    [SHANTY] My early days in school required,
    A lot of concentration,
    I was finding out.

    But now in later years I find,
    My colleagues here are more inclined,
    To mess about.
    My wife at home,
    Would surely never understand,
    If I so much as look at someone else.

    [MEN’S CHORUS] If men had been the faithful sort,
    It surely would have changed the course of history.

    Don’t ask me who the first man was,
    That dared to take a mistress,
    It’s a mystery.
    Your wife at home,
    Would surely have to understand,
    If you were ever seen with someone else.

    [MR. DINGLE] Oh, no she won’t!

    [MEN’S CHORUS] You wouldn’t dare!

    [SHANTY] Oh, yes I would!

    [MR. DINGLE] Oh, no you don’t!

    [MEN’S CHORUS] All things matrimonial,
    Carry with them certain responsibilities.

    [SHANTY and MR. DINGLE] (Ah…),
    Carry with them certain responsibilities.

    [MR. DINGLE] Let’s find ourselves a little hostelry,
    Where you can sit and have a drink on me,
    We’ll get a chance,
    To talk about anyone who bothers us.

    There’s so much more to life than meets the eye,
    It’s quite enough to make a throat feel dry,
    So let’s repair,
    To where no-one else would dare to bother us.

    Let’s have a drink,
    While we think what to do,
    And while we think,
    I’ll accept a little drink from you.

    If everybody took a serious view of life,
    We all would feel the same as you,
    But, as it is,
    We don’t, so it isn’t gonna bother us.

    Let’s have a drink,
    While we think what to do,
    And while we think,
    I’ll accept a little drink from you.

    [MARY DEE] Part of myself grows inside.

    L’histoire de la chanson

    La scène se passe dans le bureau de Mary Dee. Mary Dee dirige une entreprise florissante dont le personnel est entièrement féminin. Elle passe ses journées au milieu des fax et des ordinateurs. Ses employées, qui croulent sous les ordres, s’évadent quelques instants dans des rêveries sentimentales. Shanty, dont la réussite sociale est moindre, est poussée par ses collègues de bureau à en faire le moins possible. L’un d’eux, Mr. Dingle, l’entraîne même au pub. En rentrant chez elle, Mary Dee annonce qu’elle est enceinte.

    Disques incluant cette chanson

    Liverpool Oratorio

    CD / International

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