Jef Shocki and The Workforce

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released January 9, 2015

produced by Derek Moree; all songs / words by Jef Shocki; mixed by Derek Moree, Craig Curran, and Jef Shocki

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Jef Shocki and The Workforce Seattle, Washington

"Jef Shocki and The Workforce is an 8-piece Emerald City outfit with hard grooves, big hooks and a lot of brass. These veteran musicians have been putting in extra hours to bring you somethin' that sounds just as good as it looks. Watch out Seattle - the band mixes blue eyed soul with the attitude and edge of the Clash and Elvis Costello, and they're coming to a club that's near you."
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Track Name: Apt. 5
SOMEDAY IF I GET MINE
I HOPE MY STYLE ISN’T SO REFINED

THAT I WON’T SCRAPE
A COUPLE O’ BUCKS
DIAL A FRIEND AND
CATCH THE NEXT BUS
I HOPE I’LL STILL YOU LIKE
FIND MYSELF IN SOME 2-BIT DIVE
JUST LIKE WHEN I
WAS LIVIN’ IN APT. 5

I DON’T GOT EXPENSIVE TASTE
SO IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO FILL MY TANK

I CAN STILL SCRAPE
A COUPLE O’ BUCKS
DIAL A FRIEND AND
CATCH THE NEXT BUS
I CAN STILL
FIND MYSELF IN SOME 2-BIT DIVE
JUST LIKE WHEN I
WAS LIVIN’ IN APT. 5

I DON’T GOT A WHOLE LOT SAVED
A SHITTY D.O.W. AIN’T GONNA TEST MY FAITH

‘CAUSE IF I CAN SCRAPE
A COUPLE O’ BUCKS
DIAL A FRIEND AND
CATCH THE NEXT BUS
I KNOW I CAN
SOOTHE MY SOUL IN ONE O’ THEM 2-BIT DIVES
JUST LIKE WHEN I
WAS LIVIN’ IN APT. 5
Track Name: Bootstraps, Baby!
I CAN LIE TO MYSELF
BUT YOU WON’T LET ME GET ALL SENTIMENTAL WITH YOU
WON’T LET ME
HOLD NO ILLUSION
I’M GONNA HAVE TO GET MY ACT STRAIGHT

SOMEDAY
‘CAUSE DOIN’ WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO’S
OK WHEN YOU’RE TWENTY-TWO BUT
NO ONE WANTS TO SEE A DRUNK IN THEIR FIFTIES
OR HAVE TO LIFT ME WHILE I TRY TO FIND THE MAN IN ME

I CAN LIE TO MYSELF
BUT YOU WON’T LET ME GET ALL SENTIMENTAL WITH YOU
WON’T LET ME
HOLD NO ILLUSION
I’M GONNA HAVE TO GET MY ACT STRAIGHT

INTO SHAPE
AND BE THE KINDA GUY YOU SEE
ON THE FRONT OF MAGAZINES
WHO KNOWS THE SCORE BEFORE THE INK HITS THE PAPERS
MOVER N’ SHAKER NOTHIN’ LESS’LL MAKE THE GRADE CAUSE SHE

WON’T LET ME LIE TO MYSELF
NO YOU WON’T LET ME GET ALL SENTIMENTAL WITH YOU
WON’T LET ME
HOLD NO ILLUSION
I’M GONNA HAVE TO GET MY ACT STRAIGHT

WITH MY HAND ON A BIBLE
STRAIGHT - GIRL I AIN’T TRYIN’ TO JIVE YOU
STRAIGHT - ‘TIL MY SHIP’S BIG ARRIVAL
STRAIGHT SHOOTIN’ SON OF A RIFLE
Track Name: Capitol Hill
POSTPARTUM
POSTMODERN
NOW THAT THE BABY’S HERE
THERE’S TWO-MILLION
NEW CHOICES
ALL RINGIN’ IN MY EARS

LIGHTNING FAST INFORMATION
BODES WELL FOR MARKET SHARES
TUESDAY THEIR PANTS ARE TAPERED
SATURDAY THEY’RE WEARIN’ FLARES

UP ON THE CAPITOL HILL
OOH, UP ON CAPITOL HILL
I PAY THE RENT, SPEND THE REST O’ MY CHECK
ON USELESS SHIT

NEW CONDOS
NEW CONVERSE
POPPIN’ UP EVERYWHERE
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR COMMERCE
BUT I CAN’T BUY A THRILL

COOL SPOTS FOR CONGREGATION
GRADUALLY DISAPPEAR
WHOOPY! GENTRIFICATION
HURRY UP AND DRINK YOUR BEER

IF YOU’RE ON CAPITOL HILL
OOH, UP ON CAPITOL HILL
BEFORE THE BAR BECOMES JUST ANOTHER PART OF NOWHERESVILLE

UP ON THE CAPITOL HILL
OOH, UP ON THE CAPITOL HILL
YOU BETTER RACE IF YOU WANNA KEEP PACE
WITH THE MODERN WORLD

WOE TO THE RICH
AS FOR ME I’M GONNA STICK
TO A POOR MAN’S THRILLS
Track Name: Cause Or Symptom
EVERY NIGHT I GET ME SOME ESCAPE
WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WITH THE SHAKES
I THINK THAT I’M
LOSING ME ROCK N’ ROLL DREAMS TO THE ROCK STAR LIFE
DRINKIN’ JUST TO OCCUPY THE DAY
IN OR OUT OF WORK IT’S ALL THE SAME
‘CAUSE BABY IT BEATS CRAWLIN’ OUTTA MY SKIN
WHEN I’M IN THAT GRIND

WELL IF THE DOC’ CAN’T GIMME ANY PILLS
HOW ‘BOUT A DIAGNOSIS ON THE STATE OF MY HEALTH
IS THIS THE CAUSE OR SYMPTOM
OF UNFULFILLED AMBITION IN MY LIFE?

GENIUS WITH AN UNDERGRAD DEGREE
WORKIN’ FOR THE SERVICE INDUSTRY
TAKIN’ THE SCRAPS IF THE UPPER CLASS
WILL LET ‘EM LEAVE HIS PLATE
AS IF IT TOOK ANY SORT OF MIND
TO RECOMMEND THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINE
AND TWENTY PERCENT ISN’T HELPIN’ YOU GET
INTO REAL ESTATE

WELL IF THE DOC’ CAN’T GIMME ANY PILLS
HOW ‘BOUT A DIAGNOSIS ON THE STATE OF MY HEALTH
IS THIS THE CAUSE OR SYMPTOM
OF UNFULFILLED AMBITION IN MY LIFE?

EVERY TIME I SEE A PRETTY FACE
I GET SO ENAMOURED WITH THE CHASE
IN NO TIME I’M ASKIN’ IF MAYBE SHE
WOULD LIKE TO SEE MY PLACE
NEVER TRY TO FEED ‘EM ANY LIES
IT’S COOL TO GET TOGETHER ONCE OR TWICE
BUT EVERY EXCHANGE OF A NUMBER COMES PAIRED
WITH AN ALIBI

WELL IF THE DOC’ CAN’T GIMME ANY PILLS
HOW ‘BOUT A DIAGNOSIS ON THE STATE OF MY HEALTH
IS THIS THE CAUSE OR SYMPTOM
OF UNFULFILLED AMBITION
THIS UNGODLY AMOUNT OF
VODKA IN MY SYSTEM
I IMBIBED WHILE WAITIN’
FOR MY SHIP TO COME IN FROM SEA
Track Name: Gettin' By
WELL OUR STORY AIN’T EXACTLY A NEW ONE
YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH A VIXEN
YOU WANNA MAKE HER YOUR WIFE
SHE GOT ALL O’ THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR A GOOD LIFE
A COOL LOOK AND A SHARP MIND
AND PLENTY OF ATTITUDE
SO AT FIRST IT’S HARD FOR YOU TO IMAGINE
THAT YOU COULD EVER SEE PASSION
JUST GO THE WAY OF A TREND

BUT YOU’RE LEARNING THIS IS HOW WE DO
THE WORKING CLASS
YOU TAKE ONE STEP FOR’D
AND TWO STEPS BACK
‘TIL THERE’S NO MORE ENERGY FOR HAVING FUN
YOU’RE GONNA GIVE YOURSELF
A HEART ATTACK
TO KEEP THEM BILLS FROM PILIN’
UP IN STACKS
WHEN THERE’S NO MORE TIME TO MAKE TIME
YOUR SEX LIFE STARTS TO FLATLINE
THAT’S THE SACRIFICE YOU’LL MAKE
GETTING BY

WHEN SHE SENDS YOU WORD OF EVENING INTENTIONS
YOU STORE THE TEXT MESSAGE
LIKE IT WAS GOSPEL TO YOU
SO YOU’RE OFF O’ THE CLOCK AND READY FOR ACTION
BUT HER TIRED EXPRESSION
SAYS SHE’S ALL OUTTA GAS
YOU NEED LUST BUT ALL YOU’RE GETTIN’ IS LOGIC
POINT BEING SHE DON’T WANT IT
ENOUGH TO DO IT AGAIN

CAUSE THIS IS HOW WE DO
THE WORKING CLASS
YOU TAKE ONE STEP FOR’D
AND TWO STEPS BACK
‘TIL THERE’S NO MORE ENERGY FOR HAVING FUN
YOU’RE GONNA GIVE YOURSELF
A HEART ATTACK
TO KEEP THEM BILLS FROM PILIN’
UP IN STACKS
WHEN THERE’S NO MORE TIME TO MAKE TIME
YOUR SEX LIFE STARTS TO FLATLINE
THAT’S THE SACRIFICE YOU’LL MAKE
GETTING BY

WELL PRETTY SOON YOU’LL NEED A VACATION
ALONG WITH PLENTY LIBATIONS
TO GET YOUR GIRL IN THE MOOD
WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE PROSPECT
THAT HER BEST IS ALL PAST TENSE
MOSTLY WITH SOME OTHER DUDE?!
I’M SURE YOU’LL GET TO THINKIN’ THAT
IT’S ‘CAUSE OF YOU SHE DON’T GET EXCITED
WHEN YOU TURN OUT THE LIGHTSWITCH BUT
YOU GOTTA REMIND YOURSELF

YOU GOTTA REMEMBER THIS IS HOW WE DO
THE WORKING CLASS
YOU TAKE ONE STEP FOR’D
AND TWO STEPS BACK
‘TIL THERE’S NO MORE ENERGY FOR HAVING FUN
YOU’RE GONNA GIVE YOURSELF
A HEART ATTACK
TO KEEP THEM BILLS FROM PILIN’
UP IN STACKS
WHEN THERE’S NO MORE TIME TO MAKE TIME
YOUR SEX LIFE STARTS TO FLATLINE
THAT’S THE SACRIFICE YOU’LL MAKE
GETTING BY
Track Name: Good Size Home
BLACK PREACHER BLOW A LOT O’ STEAM
ABOUT FOLLOWIN’ THE GOSPEL
BUT MAN! SPREADING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR JUST AIN’T
GON’ FIT IN MY WHITE SCHEME
‘CAUSE SOME TRAVEL VIA LIMOUSINE
AND I CAN’T AFFORD A TAXI
FAITH MAKES A GOOD EMOTIONAL CRUTCH
BUT YOU GOTTA HAVE MONEY

SO YOU CAN COUGH SOME UP
‘ELSE WITHOUT IT YOU’RE FUCKED IF YOU CATCH A DISEASE

I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY LOAN
AND LIVE IN A GOOD SIZE HOME
SO I CAN SLEEP WITH A T.K.O.

I’M PISSED AT ALL THE STUPID THINGS
THAT I LEARNED ABOUT IN COLLEGE
IF ALL IT GOT ME WAS AN EMPTY APARTMENT
WHAT GOOD IS MY KNOWLEDGE?

SO I’M COOKIN’ UP A CRAFTY SCHEME
I WANNA INFILTRATE THE MARKET
SO WHAT IF MY TIME AT THE OFFICE
STARTS KILLIN’ MY MARRIAGE?

‘CAUSE IF WE CAN’T MAKE UP
THEN I’LL START AN AFFAIR WITH MY SECRETARY

I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY LOAN
AND LIVE IN A GOOD SIZE HOME
SO I CAN SLEEP WITH A T.K.O.
Track Name: Jokers Wild
DON’T ASK ME WHY
RELIGIOUS GUYS
CARRY A CHUBBY FOR SOLOMON LIKE ONE OF HIS WIVES
GUESS HE WAS WISE
HAD FAMILY TIES
AND BUILT A TEMPLE FOR JUDAH WHEN HIS STOCK MULTIPLIED

BUT FAR AS I CAN TELL THE MAN WAS LIKE PHARAOH
FORCIN’ LABOR OUT OF ISRAELITES

ONLY THE JOKERS CAN SEE
THAT EVEN KINGS UP ON THRONES
DIE ON THE JOHN LIKE AVERAGE JOES
THEY MIGHT BE STONED BUT THEY KNOW
THE EMPEROR AIN’T GOT NO CLOTHES

WHEN TIMES WAS ROUGH
IN ‘33
YOU’D FIND THE PROPHET ELIJAH WITH THE BUMS HOPPIN’ TRAINS
DODGIN’ THE HEAT
TIME AFTER TIME
THANKS TO THE KINDESS OF WIDOWS NEVER DROPPIN’ THE DIME

RODE TO HEAVEN ON A CHARIOT OF FIRE
AHAB ATE IT IN HIS LIMOUSINE

ONLY THE JOKERS CAN SEE
THAT EVEN KINGS UP ON THRONES
DIE ON THE JOHN LIKE AVERAGE JOES
THEY MIGHT BE STONED BUT THEY KNOW
THE EMPEROR AIN’T GOT NO CLOTHES