Things you always wanted to say to your employer – but were afraid to (Sunday Sociological Song)

Randy Hodson’s book on Dignity at Work (Cambridge University Press, 2001) is an ethnographic account of how protecting oneself from abuse and preserving spaces of individual expression on the workplace is achieved via specific worker strategies. From protest to “withdrawal of cooperation”, a variety of behaviours deploying autonomous behavioural agendas is analyzed. When all these strategies go wrong, this is where you probably need to sing your boss this song.

Title: Take this job and shove it

Artist: Johnny Paycheck

Take this job and shove it
I ain’t workin’ here no more
My woman done left
And took all the reason
I was working for
Y’ better not try to stand in my way
Cause I’m a walkin’ out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain’t working here no more

I been working in this factory
For now on fifteen years
All this time, I watched my woman
Drownin’ in a pool of tears
And I’ve seen alot of good folks die
Who had alot of bills to pay
I’d give the shirt right off of my back
If I had the guts to say…


Well that foreman, he’s a regular dog
The line boss, he’s a fool
Got a brand new flat top haircut
Lord, he thinks he’s cool
One of these days
I’m gonna blow my top
And that sucker, he’s gonna pay
Lord, I can’t wait
to see their faces when I get the nerve to say


Take this job and shove it