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All I Need is a Job

Words by Tom Lehrer

Tune
All I Need is the Girl” from Gypsy; words by Stephen Sondheim, music by Jule Styne

[Historical note: The chorus was written (c. 1979) for Brian Arsenault’s senior dance recital at UCSC. The verse was added later for a revue at Cowell College UCSC, sung by Matt Shapiro.]

Verse

Got my education
Sat through graduation
Now I’m ridin’ high
Crammed with knowledge
Bye bye, college
Now I’m neat and dressy1
Not like UCSC2
Starting this July
I’ll even wear a tie
I’m all set —
I’ll succeed —
There’s only one thing I need:

Refrain

Got my B.A.
So I’m O.K.
All I need now is a job
Got my hopes high3
Passed my Nat Sci4
Had professors all around to inspire me
Now all I need is someone to hire me
Three cheers
For my four years
I’m no longer your basic slob
And if they’d say
“You’re hired,” I’d gladly throw away
Those fat books that they made me read
All I really need
Is a job

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  1. These two lines should be replaced when performed away from UCSC.

  2. These two lines should be replaced when performed away from UCSC.

  3. These two lines may be replaced in venues where “Nat Sci” is unknown

  4. These two lines may be replaced in venues where “Nat Sci” is unknown


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author: Tom Lehrer
base-url: "https://tomlehrersongs.com/"
date: 2020-10-27
pdf-url: "https://tomlehrersongs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/all-i-need-is-a-job.pdf"
title: All I need is a job
transcription: Gaius Julius Caesar
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