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Johnny Cash

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other … more »

I dedicate this song to the workin' man
For every man that puts in eight or ten hard hours a day 
Of work and toil and sweat  Always got somebody lookin' down his neck
Tryin' to get more out of him
Than he really ought to have to put in

 After twenty nine long years of workin'
In this shop with Oney standin' over me
 Today when that old whistle blows
I'll check in all my gear and I'll retire 

The superintendent just dropped by 
And said they'd planned my little get together 
Then he said I'd never a made it
If old Oney hadn't a held me to the fire

I've seen him in my dreams at night 
And woke up in the mornin' feelin' tired 
And old Oney don't remember, when I came here
How he tried to get me fired 

With his folded hands behind him
 Every mornin' Oney waited at the gate
 Where he'd rant and rave like I committed murder
Clockin' in five minutes late.

But today they'll gather 'round me
Like I've seen 'em do when any man retires 
Then old Oney's gonna tell me
From now on I'm free to do what I desire 

He'll present me with that little old gold watch 
They give a man at times like this
But there's one thing he's not countin' on
Today's the day I give old Oney his

I've been workin', buildin' muscles 
Oney's just been standin' 'round a gettin' soft
And today about four thirty 
I'll make up for every good night's sleep I've lost

When I'm gone I'll be remembered 
As a workin' man who put his point across
With a right hand full of knuckles 
'Cause today I show old Oney who's the boss

Hmmmm, what time is it? Four thirty?
Hey, Oney!
Oney! Ha ha ha ha!


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