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#SongLyricSunday : Occupation



It’s Song Lyric Sunday, and we have another fun prompt from  Jim over at A Unique Title For Me who has stepped up as Guest Host for this weekly post.
 
This week our word prompt is “Occupation”. 


A few songs ran through my head for this prompt. Not specifically using the word ‘Occupation’, but in general terms of work. And then I thought about songs dealing with specific jobs.

But then I settled on today’s song.  I’m thinking I might use the excess songs in a Monday’s Music Moves Me post (or two) in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that.  (Side Note: I had them listed here, but decided to remove them for more of an element of  'surprise'.)


Wikipedia tells us this about the song that I finally settled on:

Former Motown Records producer Norman Whitfield had been commissioned to record the soundtrack album for Car Wash by director Michael Schultz. Although Whitfield did not want to assume the project, he decided to do so, both for financial incentives as well as the chance to give Rose Royce, a disco/funk backing band that Whitfield signed to his own label in 1975, the exposure they needed to become mainstream. Unable to develop a theme song for the film, inspiration finally struck Whitfield while playing a game of basketball, and he allegedly wrote his first draft of "Car Wash" on a paper bag from a fried chicken eatery.

The resulting song set the mood and tone for the comedy film it was commissioned for. Rose Royce lead singer Rose Norwalt (Gwen Dickey), with brief assistance from guitarist Kenji Brown, describes a fun and easy-going car washing business, where everything is "always cool/and the boss don't mind sometimes if you act a fool."


The Lyrics:








Song Lyric Sunday Rules for participation (note: you don’t need to participate to comment):
  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.


Did you enjoy today’s post? Be sure to check out Jim’s post to see the other participants and come back next week for more Song Lyric Sunday fun!








Comments

  1. There's a personal story behind this song that I won't bore anyone with, but I heard this so many times when it was popular I was sick of it. Good choice nonetheless.

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    1. I think there are quite a few songs that tend to get overplayed when they are popular, but decades later are much more tolerable to listen to sparingly.

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  2. Perfect song! Haven't heard it in a while.

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  3. Great song, Mary! I didn't even think of this song, lol. Of course, I don't have this original version in my library. My boys were big fans of the "Shark Tale" movie when it came out and we have the whole soundtrack which includes the cover of this song.

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    1. This song popped into my head and then I couldn't get it out. That's how I knew it was the one for me today :)

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  4. I remember this being a good song and a good movie.

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    1. I vaguely recall the movie, but for some reason, I remember the song.

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  5. Fun song! Always interesting to find out how a song comes to be written. :)

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    1. Thanks! That's actually how this blog came to be. One day I'll tell the story :)

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  6. Oh Mary I just love this song! Never get tired of it 🙂 Fantastic choice for occupation!

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    1. Thank you Christine!

      This sure has been a fun theme! Next week I'm doing a relatively new to me tune, but it'll be fun as well.

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