Tom Marshalek

Tom Marshalek

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Rock - Alternative | Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Total Song Plays: 166   
Member Since: 2001
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Song Description

A song about how working for the modern employer turns you into an automaton, until you're employer/owner finally decides to discard you. Also plenty of lead guitar in a psychedelic, slow funk, bluesy vein.

Story Behind the Song

While working in a pizza joint, I suddenly realized that modern employment was just an evolution from slavery. An improvement, no doubt, but still just an evolution along a continuum.


I am not an individual
I'm just a robot representative
My uniform will tell you
All you need to know about me

I'll serve you with a smile
I've got your needs on file
But please don't ever ask me
For my private point of view

Things I don't know might hurt me
My ignorance will not desert me
I'm sacrificin' for my family
So my children can carry on the tradition

And sacrifice for theirs
It goes on and on
On and on

Lately I admit I'm feelin' tired
I drink black coffee to keep me wired
Anything stronger would get me fired
'Cause there watchin' out for me...

In case I slip up.
And I don't wanna slip up
They test me once a week

One step from slavery
I'm just an employee
Strange but I'm so sure that I'm
Smarter than bossman's ever gonna be

One day when they don't need me
I might think about gettin' free
Or take my place in history
As a tool of industry
Livin' in the street

Song Length
Rock - Psychedelic, Rock - Funk
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Outraged, Affable

Subject Matter
Conformity, Slavery

Similar Artists
Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Thomas Marshalek
Music Credits Thomas Marshalek (bassline by Brandon Stuck, drum arrangement by Marty Kerr and Thomas Marshalek)
Producer Credits Thomas Marshalek
Publisher Credits Thomas Marshalek
Performance Credits Thomas Marshalek, all instruments other than bass by Brandon Stuck, drums by Marty Kerr.
Label Credits Guitarface Records