Today is National Tell Your Boss to Shove It Day.
OK, maybe that’s a bit of a fabrication, but it should be. Thirty-nine years ago today (Aug. 24), Johnny Paycheck recorded the David Allan Coe-penned “Take This Job and Shove It” at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville.
The tune, which topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, made Johnny Paycheck a household name and further endeared him to the already-flourishing Outlaw Movement.
“Take This Job and Shove It” became the middle-finger-flipping anthem for all blue-collar workers who were frustrated with the current state of affairs in America, which included rising taxes and gas prices.
Johnny—and DAC—really stuck it to the Man with lyrics like: Take this job and shove it / I ain’t working here no more / My woman done left and took all the reasons / I was working for / You better not try to stand in my way / ‘Cause I’m walkin’ out the door / Take this job and shove it / I ain’t working here no more.
Enjoy a little Outlaw Country on this fine Wednesday, and be sure to tell your boss how much you appreciate him or her today.
photo courtesy of Epic