Workin' - BIG SMO ft. Alexander King


by Ryan Carlin 

The Experience: I ain't never had a problem rollin' up my sleeves... In Workin’ Big Smo sings the anthem of every "average Joe" who puts out day after day to make ends meet money in the mason jar, country boy pension.




Music videoThe video switches back and forth between scenes of Big Smo and Alexander King rapping and various scenes of people working average jobs. The black and white coloring of the video also gives their work a sense of commonness. However, in contrast, the only colored elements in the video are the people themselves who are working. This reminds us that while our work may be mundane there is nothing average about each one of us. Throughout the video the people working these average jobs come into clearer and clearer focus as they little by little make themselves better people through their hard work. In fact, the only two figures we see in the video who are not working (the two empty suits being served in the restaurant) are not even depicted as people precisely because they are not working. This is a great reminder about the importance of hard work, but at the same time of not letting our work alone define us for we are more than just what we do.


The Meaning of Workin'Being famous or having a big pay check doesn't make a man. What matters is being willing to work hard to provide for those we love, up early with the birdies, ready to get dirty... In a world that tries to squeeze us for every last ounce of “productivity” we need to remember why we are working in the first place three kids, take a lot to fill the kitchen… in order to keep it all in perspective.



Ask yourself: What and who am I working for? Do I let myself lose sight of this?

LYRICS:

[Big Smo & Alexander King]

I woke up this mornin', tied my boots up
Cause I knew it's goin' to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I'm workin' 'til it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's pay
So I'm workin' even when it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's wage

[Big Smo]

Yeah, I'm up early with the birdies, ready to get dirty
This ain't a song for you if you asleep at 7:30
I rise like the sun; I'm the bag of the pounds
A full throttle in the bottle like that home-made shine

I'm just tryin' to make a livin', boss man trippin'
My overtime's strong; I don't pay him no attention
Money in the mason jar, country boy pension
No lady, three kids, take a lot to fill the kitchen

Fingernails dirty, my back stay hurtin'
You can bet I got to play for every penny that I'm earnin'
I ain't askin' for a raise, but I know the boss heard me
Nobody on this job site's workin' like I'm workin'

[Big Smo]

Thirty below to a hundred degrees
You ain't pushin' hard enough if your hands don't bleed
I'm the first to clock in and the last to leave
I ain't never had a problem rollin' up my sleeves

[Big Smo & Alexander King]

I woke up this mornin', tied my boots up
Cause I knew it's goin' to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I'm workin' 'til it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's pay
So I'm workin' even when it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's wage

[Big Smo]

I'm out the door by the sun up, focused on the come-up
We never sleep in, that ain't how we was brought up
I push it to the limit when the money gets low
And been known to work past when the plant whistle blows

Pay check feelin' like a lottery ticket
I might save a couple bucks if my kids don't spend it
It don't matter cause I love it every day of my life
Spent more time on the clock than I do with my wife

State to state, never late, puttin' miles on the road
Drop it off, fill it up, get me to my next load
Call my old lady, let her know I'll be late
And I ain't worry cause I know that she goin' to save me a plate

I told you ...

[Big Smo]

Thirty below to a hundred degrees
You ain't pushin' hard enough if your hands don't bleed
I'm the first to clock in and the last to leave
I ain't never had a problem rollin' up my sleeves

[Big Smo & Alexander King]

I woke up this mornin', tied my boots up
Cause I knew it's goin' to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I'm workin' 'til it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's pay
So I'm workin' even when it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's wage

[Big Smo & Alexander King]

Workin', workin'

Workin', workin'

[Big Smo & Alexander King]

I woke up this mornin', tied my boots up
Cause I knew it's goin' to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I'm workin' 'til it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's pay
So I'm workin' even when it's hurtin'
That's the only way to make an honest day's wage


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