Working girl

Album: The Past

  1. Working girl

Lyrics

Slyly, smiles at me. Must be a working girl. Easy, breezy, kinda teen-ish despite. Lonely like she’s only just looking for a friend on a dead-end street. She’s been gone so long from our song.

Splashy, trashy in a room in a cheap motel. “Honey? Money! Only after before.” Beneath the business just looking for a friend on a dead-end street. She’s been gone so long from our song.

Rushing, hushing to a moment when time flies still. Revealing the dealing, and a brooding inside. Goin through the motions, just looking for a friend on a dead-end street. She’s been gone so long from our song.

Ending empty, with a “Well that’s a job well done.” Looking back at me. “Have I seen him before?” Lonely and forlornly just looking for a friend on a dead-end street. She’s been gone so long from our song. She’s been gone so long from your song.

Notes on: Working girl (1974)

I originally had this as a kind of faux-protest anti-religion song, the first line of the lyric running “Jesus, Jesus, will you buy me a new pair of shoes…” and then further in, “Lord, if you can’t bring me peace, please bring me a bottle to help me sleep tonight.” The working girl slant came when I was looking for a more contemporary angle, and once the idea had come, the challenge of narrating all the way through a liaison with a streetwalker was something I couldn’t refuse. (And no, it’s not based on my own experience.) The falsetto part is meant to represent intercourse as he goes “rushing… to the moment when time flies still” while she is “going through the motions.” I set out to write a slashing guitar solo for this but found I couldn’t, and then at the last minute I dreamed up the falsetto line a-la Tim Buckley, an old hero of mine, and that and the guitar instrumental seemed to complement each other. My favourite lyric is the line “looking back at me – ‘Have I seen him before?’”