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Put in the hours
Copyright George Papavgeris, August 2003

As the day says hello
You are marching to the station.
Your suit of grey you wear to match
The colour of your heart.
And the army you join
Of the office-worker's nation
You keep your elbows by your side
Newspaper high to shield your eye
You're ready for the start.
Reflecting all the while on dreams abandoned
For your reality and hopes are far apart.
(chorus):
Now just put in the hours
Don't expect job satisfaction
Just keep your eyes upon the screen
until the sums are done
In the grand scheme of things
You are just a tiny fraction
So sell your dreams for one more year
for two weeks in the sun.

Though you now recognise
This was never your intention
Your steps you can't retrace now,
You have far too much at stake.
For you have to protect
All those benefits and pension.
So you live your world of lies now
For the bungee-rope that ties you
To the office you can't break.
'Cos losing all your comforts for a whimsy
Is a risk that you are not prepared to take
Now just put in the hours... etc

For your time hard at work
Salary's the only reason
And your career leads nowhere
But some flowers and a clock.
You're not safe, but cut off
In your corner office prison
Arrested but not granted bail
You watch the dreams of others sail
While you're still at the dock.
You had your opportunities to join them
But you pretend you didn't even hear the knock.
Now just put in the hours... etc

If you learned to accept
All the trinkets that they give you
Big house and a fancy car
And titles for your name,
Still your dreams will not die
And your conscience won't forgive you.
So every day that passes by
The dreams just seem to multiply
And feed your secret shame.
For you could change your life's course in a moment
And if you don't, you've but yourself to blame.
Now just put in the hours... etc


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