IT SURE BEATS WORKIN'

Scheduled for 2023 release on Major League Records

Words and music by Howie Newman

Chin Music (BMI)

IT SURE BEATS WORKIN'

When I was growing up, I used to sing in the shower

And dream about being a rock ’n’ roll star

Then I grew up and got paid by the hour

And learned that dreamin’ wouldn’t get you too far

But in the back of my mind, I always kept my hopes alive

 

I got a guitar, wrote a bunch of songs

Got some played on the radio

Played a lot of gigs and before too long

Finally figured out it was the way to go

And all the while, I just had to smile    

 

It sure beats workin’ any day

Just the thought of makin’ music and paying my own way Makes me happy through and through

It sure beats workin’, that’s the truth

IT SURE BEATS WORKIN'

TRACKS

1. It Sure Beats Workin'

2. Hannah's Song
3. Cosmic Garbageman Rag

4. The Class of 2020

5. Lies, Lies, Lies

6. The Other Tony C

7. What Did We Do?

8. A Little Sympathy

9. You Can't Fool Me Fool Me

10. Wait Until Next Year

I ain’t rich, I don’t live in a mansion. I drive around town in a beat-up car

But I got a job that really is a passion, got a hold on me deep down in my heart

And my oh my, I’m just a lucky guy     

 

I always thought a dollar earned in music is really worth a whole lot more

But I’ve had no luck explaining that philosophy to the bank and the grocery store

HANNAH'S SONG (The New Generation is Here)

The new generation is here, the new generation is here

This tiny little person is someone we hold dear

The new generation is here

 

A brand new life will unfold before our eyes

She may become a doctor or fly the friendly skies

Every step along the way is something we will share

The only thing we know for sure is she will get more hair

 

Each and every day brings something new

Maybe it’s the way she moves or how she looks at you

Or a little gurgle we think might be a word

Either way, it’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard

 

We will all wonder what will happen next

She will learn to crawl and take her baby step

She will grow in leaps and bounds and one thing will be clear

We will celebrate a new generation here

COSMIC GARBAGEMAN RAG

If you take a trip on a rocket ship some warm September day

All you’d see is garbage messing up our Milky Way

Now scientists are curious folks but you’d think they had enough   

They shoot this stuff out into space but no one cleans it up

Loose antennas, floatin’ wires, burned out engines, lunar tires

I’m the one who picks it up in my cosmic garbage truck

Solar panels, busted sockets, wayward capsules, retro rockets

The man with the can, I’m your cosmic garbageman

 

Being a cosmic garbageman, I really can’t complain

It’s always nice and quiet, and there’s never any rain

The pay is good, the hours ain’t bad, got a pension plan to boot

I really don’t mind the meteorites but it’s too far to commute

 

We’re traveling places nowadays beyond man’s wildest dreams

But no matter where you go in life, someone’s gotta clean

THE CLASS OF 2020

We are all graduates, the Class of 2020

We’re the lucky ones who made it through

We are all survivors in the land of plenty

We outran the darkness and the doom

 

We salute the brave souls who helped us reach this moment

We will not forget the ones who cared

And we forever mourn the ones who didn’t make it

The emptiness is something we all shared

 

We tuned out the noise from those who would divide us

Stayed together though we were apart

We prayed for the day when the madness would subside us

Until that day, we all did our part

LIES, LIES, LIES

Lies, lies, lies. All we get is lies, lies, lies

All we get is lies and hate. That’s not what makes this country great

Lies, lies, lies. All we get is lies, hate and fear

We’ll get through it, we’ll survive But we never thought that this could happen here     

 

The first amendment is the core of everything we’re standing for

It’s plain for anyone to see the press is not the enemy

Something here is very wrong and it’s going on far too long

 

The rising tide is here to stay but they just look the other way

It’s quite evident to all that we don’t really need a wall

Something here is very wrong and it’s going on far too long

 

Lies, lies, lies. All we get is lies, lies, lies

All we get is lies and hate. That’s not what makes this country great

Lies, lies, lies. All we get is lies, hate and fear

We will rise above the fray because truth will always persevere

LYRICS FOR TRACKS 6-10

SONG LYRICS