Monday, July 1, 2013

Bachman Turner Overdrive "Takin' Care Of Business"

When you are wandering around Martha's Vineyard, you might be inclined to look at the folks around you and put them into one of two categories:

Locals or tourists.

And yes, that covers a pretty big portion of who you might see.  But there IS one other group:


Every day, Martha's Vineyard imports a pretty large selection of folks who work all day on the Island, and head home to their families on the mainland.  These folks tend to either work in construction (in good times there is more construction work available on-Island, than there are construction workers on-Island), or work in 9 to 5 type jobs that are necessary to a community but don't really pay enough to make Island living affordable.  A ferry ride over to the Island in the early morning is filled with electricians, nurses, roofers, banker workers, UPS drivers, dental hygienists and such.

I heard the Bachman Turner Overdrive song "Takin' Care Of Business" the other day, and thought about the commuters.  I mean, it's a good working song for anyone, anywhere, but there are a few specifics that would make it easily transferable to a ferry commuter.

You get up every morning
From your 'larm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city

(There IS an 815 ferry from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven)

There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty

(The ferry has a whistle.  And especially when the boat is filled with tourists, there's plenty of pushing and shoving.  Yes, you can see some of the women doing their makeup on the boat)

And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay 

(Yes, the 815 boat does get in at 9)

If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I'll be Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I've been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime
Work out 

It probably needs a new verse about being stuck on the Island due to ferry cancellations caused by high winds.  But otherwise, it works!

Hear the song on Youtube.

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