Makin' Do

Ken Painter By Ken Painter, 7th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Poetry

I've been writing songs and song lyrics since way back in my college days. This particular song was about the hard times many of us were experiencing in this country at the hands of "Reaganomics". I find that the message is still timely today.

Makin Do'

That old ax fell at the factory, and I’m out of work again
Every shortage they were fearing made ‘em lay off forty men
But the bills keep right on climbing, so does my blood pressure too
‘Cause we gotta make a living, but we’re barely makin’ do

Yes we used to do our shopping at the local discount store
But flea markets and the auction look inviting more and more
And we may well give up eating just to buy us something new
‘Cause we gotta make a living, but we’re barely makin’ do

They promised a chicken in every pot
A car in every garage
Well, I gave up on The Colonel
And I sold in my old blue Dodge
A chicken in every pot
They’ll tell ya that’s it’s true
But it’s hard to make a living
And I’m tired of makin’ do

Well the bottom of the barrel’s getting closer everyday
But the end is not in sight for higher prices that we pay
So we put to use our woodshed, something else to see us through
And we got our still to-workin’, now we’re busy makin’ dew

They promised a chicken in every pot
A car in every garage
Well I gave up on The Colonel
And I sold my old blue Dodge
A chicken in every pot
They’ll tell ya that it’s true
But it’s hard to make a living
And I’m tired of makin’ do.


Find out the history and inspiration behind the writing of this song by following this hotlink to Chapter 10 of my autobiography here . . . http://nut.bz/87qyo0m0/

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Lyrical Poetry, Lyrics, Poetry, Poetry About Life, Song Lyrics

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author avatar Ken Painter
Retired Chicago public school teacher. Singer, songwriter, musician, author, & opinionated old curmudgeon. Married to my husband & living in Colorado, USA. Also a father & grandfather.

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