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Unemployed Anthem: Cost Of Livin' – Ronnie Dunn

You ever hear “one of those songs” that stops you in your tracks?

This one did it for me.

Times are difficult on Main Street U.S.A.

And in the suburbs and downtowns too.

I hope this song takes off and I hope my recruiter, hiring manager and HR friends hear it too.

And not just hear it… but feel it.

Many of the industry conferences this year have included sessions about the “candidate experience”.

I hope this makes it more personal.

Not having a job sucks and we need to remember that every application and inquiry is a person with a family, responsibilities and most of all… pride.

Here is the video and below are the lyrics (there is a 34 second intro):

 

Cost Of Livin’ lyirics:

Everything to know about me
Is written on this page
The number you can reach me
My social and my age
Yes I served in the army
It's where I learned to shoot
Eighteen months in the desert
Pourin' sand out of my boots
No I've never been convicted of a crime
I could start this job at any time.

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I rarely call in sick
A good truck
What I don't know
I catch on real quick
I work weekends
If I have to
Nights and holidays
Give you 40
And then some
Whatever it takes
Four dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin's high and goin' up.

I put Robert down as a reference
He's known me all my life
We attend the same church
He introduced me to my wife
Gave my last job everything
Before it headed south
Took the shoes off of my children's feet
The food out of their mouths
Yesterday my folks offered to help
But they're barely getting by themselves

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I rarely call in sick
A good truck
What I don't know
I catch on real quick
I work weekends
If I have to
Nights and holidays
Give you 40
And then some
Whatever it takes
Four dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin's high and goin' up.

I'm sure a hundred others have applied
Rumor has it you're only takin' five

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I'm handy with a wrench
There's nothing I can't drive
Nothing I can't fix
I work sun-up to sun-down
Ain't too proud to sweep the floors
Bank has started calling
And the wolves are at my door
Four dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin's high and goin' up.

 

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