GET A JOB/ Book of Lyrics about jobs & work ethic

GET A JOB/ Book of Lyrics about jobs & work ethic

A Poem by Valerie Dean Belew

This lyric relates to living poor in the summer 2008, when the gasoline prices rose to $5 a gallon. I was working as a contract Substance Abuse Assessment Counselor in inner city, Atlanta, and only got paid once a month, and usually late.



Lord, I’m aware I’m not a virgin
And I’ve smoked a little too much dope
Downed more than my share of alcohol
And I’ve even been accused of coke
And I know I shouldn’t have the nerve
To pray at all
But I promise lord, I’m gonna come clean
If you’ll help me get my car back home again
Before it runs out of gasoline
I’m no slob, got a steady job
But my paycheck’s a little bit late
Said it’d be in the mail
When? They really can’t tell
But I’m a little too broke to wait
I’ll be rich some day
If I have my way
But for now I can’t live on dreams
Just a nickel or a dime
Would do the trick just fine
Just a dollars worth of gasoline
It’s not too far to the local bar
But ya know, Lord
I wouldn’t go in
I’ve changed, ya know
Since my tanks so low
And I swear I’ll never sin again
And the lady this morning
At the Hess Mart place
I’m sorry if I treated her mean
Everything I stole
Just consider it sold
If you’ll send me down some gasoline
Now the pointer on my meter
Is way past the E
And I still have miles to go
If you’ll get me through
I’ll be so grateful to you
I’ll even preach on a Jesus show
I’ll fight for censure rights
And get real uptight
Every time they think a movie’s obscene
Throw my playgirls away
Just say me SOME WAY
From running out of gasoline!!!

© 2009 Valerie Dean Belew

Author's Note

Valerie Dean Belew
This is one lyric in a series written during a time of travel, and deliberate work on different jobs, in order to experience them and write songs about them. It was fun, but the pay was generally low. LOL.

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You have such a way with words! I laughed at this when you sent it to me, i could almost imagine you sitting in your car writing this! But wonderfully expressive,,,we may all be praying for gasoline...and soon if the prices go up..!

Posted 14 Years Ago

This is priceless! A very enjoyable read. But, I just have to ask, did you run out of gas before you got home?

Posted 14 Years Ago

This was so nice ,a prayer for gasoline,Oh Lord spare me some more gasoline..
I know I am not that good to pray..but I promise to be clean
I may be rich girl one day,i dont live on dreams ,I always work my way
Oh Lord save me this once and send me some gasoline..
Oh i loved this story ,told so wonderfully..
lovely write

Posted 14 Years Ago

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Valerie Dean Belew
Valerie Dean Belew

Atlanta area, actually Jackson, GA, but that sounds too backward and redneck...., GA

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