Career Advice

by Mike Ward: Psychosongs

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When Mike retired from 40 years of advertising work he was asked by many what words of wisdom he could pass along to the next generation of workers. This is his "Career Advice".
(note: contains explicit language)

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CAREER ADVICE

Worked in a warehouse drove a fork lift
Stacked liquor cases on the midnight shift
Scrambled eggs in very short order
Just north of the Mexican California border

Sprayed fake snow on Christmas trees
Dug sign post holes and made Dairy Queens
Sold GIQ’s to more than a few
Ate tar and gravel paving roads and bridges too

But through it all I learned a lesson or two
Some words of wisdom I’ll share with you
It’s career advice that I sure hope will stick…just don’t be a dick

No matter the job no matter the pay
I learned you gotta show up every single day
Whether changing out the urinal cakes
Or diverting sludge from the valve intakes

Now your a job can be replaced by robotics
They don’t need healthcare or antibiotics
That shitty job can be shipped over seas
To keep it you may have to get down on your knees

Through it all I learned a lesson here or there
Some words of wisdom that are too good not to share
It’s career advice that I sure hope will stick…just don’t be a dick

If you’re a boss or an owner, don’t be a jerk
Maybe offer employees a couple of perks
Like free coffee and no knives in the back
And once a month, an afternoon snack

In the workplace lying and cheating gets rewarded
So make sure all your conversations are recorded
There’ll be times you want to scream and yell
Times you want to tell them to just go straight to…

Well …you can always learn a lesson or two…
Some words of wisdom I’ll share with you
It’s career advice I sure hope will stick…just don’t be a dic-tating,
irritating,
infuriating,
ingratiating,
exasperating
exaggerating,
emasculating,
calculating,
sex-baiting,
favor-trading,
all the fun confiscating…
It’s is career advice I sure hope will stick
just don’t be a dick.

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released August 6, 2021
releases August 6, 2021
Written by: Mike Ward
Vocal and acoustic guitar: Mike Ward
Stand up bass: David Roof
Accordion: Steve Cousins
Engineered and mastered by David Roof
Rooftop Recordings, Grand Blanc, MI

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mike ward Detroit, Michigan

Lyric-driven, simple folk songs are what singer-songwriter Mike Ward produces. Currently living in Detroit, Mike grew up on the Irish music of the Clancy Brothers and singing in church choirs. His influences are the likes of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine. The songs that Mike writes are a combination of stories and life lessons which are still being learned. ... more

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