Work ‘Til We Die – Lyrics/Credits

Sponsored By

American Federation of Government Employees Local 3937
AFSCME Council 28
AFSCME Local 443
AFT Washington, AFL-CIO
Economic Opportunity Institute
International Association of Machinists
International Association of Machinists, Local 751
Martin Luther King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
National Organization for Women, Seattle Chapter
Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Social Security Works – Washington
Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans

Credits

Songwriters: Aaron Keating, Alex Stone, Chris Shaffer
Screenplay: Aaron Keating and Reel Grrls Pro
Performed by: Chris Shaffer & Co.
Sound Recording/Engineering: Greg Jordan, Banana Belt Studios
Produced, directed and edited by: Reel Grrls Pro

Reel Grrls Pro:
Producer: Laura Jean Cronin
Camera Mentor: Angela Bernardoni
Lighting Mentor: Philip Rezak
Editing Mentor: Graeme Lowry
Director/Camera Operator: Allison Charoni
Director/Camera Operator: Zenia Pakker
Editor: Allison Charoni
Audio Apprentice: Lyric Weiss

Actors:
Alyson Branner: Mom
Edie Branner: Daughter
Bill Bland: Railroad worker
Shaun Carroll: Boss 3
Mary Jo Dugaw: Photographer
Curtis Eastwood: Railroad worker
Jim Lapan: Boss 4
Kent Loomer: Railroad boss
Ron McGaha: Retiring railroad worker
Nolan Palmer: Boss 1
Genevieve Trainor: Boss 2

Lyrics

I remember daddy punchin’ his last timecard
After 40 years workin’ at the railyard
He said work hard and play by the rules
That is what I learned
And his paycheck and his pension
Every cent he had was earned

Now big money suits with friends in high places
Want to cut our Social Security, benefits and wages
They don’t care if you earned it, or if you retire
And if they get their way, we will work until we die (’till we die)
We’ll work, work, work until we die

If my folks raised that same family today
They’d be workin’ twice as hard for the same pay
Something just ain’t right
It’s different than before
Now you work your 40 hours
And still end up dirt poor

Those big money suits with friends in high places
Want to cut our Social Security, benefits and wages
They don’t care if you earned it, or if you retire
And if they get their way, we will work until we die (’till we die)
We’ll work, work, work until we die

Forty years’ hard work should earn the right
To spend time kissin’ grandkids goodnight
I don’t want to work
Until they put me in the ground
So let’s stand up and fight
And turn the U.S.A. around

It’s time our leaders take a stand for workers of all ages
To defend our Social Security, benefits and wages
So stand up and get loud
Or we won’t be getting by
‘Cause if they get their way we’re gonna work, work, work…
Work until we die (’till we die)
We’ll work, work, work until we die (’till we die)
Oh work, work, work until we die
Don’t wanna work, work, work until we die