“Working Man” by Rush

Song of the Day

September 4, 2017

Written by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson
Produced by Rush
Recorded at Eastern Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada, 1973
Released on the album Rush in March 1974

Rush’s self-produced, independently released debut album did not have much of a chance of breaking through in the United States until a Cleveland DJ discovered the closing track “Working Man” and realized how this theme worked with the blue collar ethic of that city.

Rush in 1974

Musically, the song employs the simple, hard-rock, Zeppelin-esue approach of the trio’s pre-Neil Peart days, as drummer John Rutsey backed composers Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for this one and only album. Complete, with a long, heavy blues jam, “Working Man” went on to become a concert staple for the next 40 years and the most indelible track from the debut album.

Listen to “Working Man”:

Song Lyrics

I get up at seven, yeah and I go to work at nine
I got no time for livin’, yes, I’m workin’ all the time
It seems to me I could live my life a lot better than I think I am
I guess that’s why they call me, they call me the working man

They call me the working man, I guess that’s what I am

I get home at five o’clock and I take myself out a nice, cold beer
Always seem to be wonderin’ why there’s nothin’ goin’ down here
It seems to me I could live my life a lot better than I think I am
I guess that’s why they call me, they call me the working man

They call me the working man, I guess that’s what I am

Well, they call me the working man, I guess that’s what I am

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