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It’s My Job
Written by: Mac McAnally
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett
Peak Chart Position: Billboard Hot 100 Chart: #57; Adult Comtemporary: #32; Mainstream Rock Chart: #51

Originally from the Album: Coconut Telegraph (1981)
Additional Discography:
Live in Auburn, WA (2003)

Live in Cincinnati, OH (2004)
Live in Mansfield, MA (2004)
Live In Hawaii (2005)

Lyrics:
In the middle of late last night I was sittin' on a curb
I didn't know what about but I was feeling quite disturbed
A street sweeper came whistlin' by
He was bouncin' every step
It seemed strange how good he felt
So I asked him while he swept

Chorus
He said "It's my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the rest
And that makes the day for me"

Got an uncle who owns a bank he's a self made millionaire
He never had anyone to thank never had no one to care
He always to seemed kind of sad to me
So I asked him why that was

And he told me it's because in my contract there's a clause
That says "It's my job to worried half to death
And that's the thing people respect in me
It's my job but without it I'd be less
Than what I expect from me"

I've been lazy most all of my life
Writing songs and sleeping late
Any manual labor I've done is purely by mistake
If street sweepers can smile then

I've got no right to feel upset
But sometimes I still forget
Till the lights go on and the stage is set
And the song hits home and you feel that sweat

It's my job to be different than the rest
and that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the best
and that's a tough break for me

It's my job to be cleaning up this mess
and that's enough reason to go for me
It's my job to be better than the best
and that makes the day for me

Shows Played At:
07-13-2018: Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
07-10-2018: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-05-2018: BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
04-21-2017: Isaac Theatre Royal – Christchurch,
04-18-2017: The Opera House – Wellington,
04-19-2016: Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Birmingham, AL
08-22-2015: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
08-20-2015: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
08-13-2015: First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
06-27-2015: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
06-25-2015: West Riverfront Park – Detroit, MI
06-23-2015: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-20-2015: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
09-23-2012: Palais Theatre – Melbourne,
09-21-2012: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens – Brisbane,
04-21-2012: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
04-19-2012: GEXA Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
04-14-2012: CenturyLink Center – Omaha, NE
03-30-2012: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
03-10-2012: Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA
03-08-2012: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
03-01-2012: Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, AR
07-21-2011: DTE Muic Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-25-2011: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
05-05-2011: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
04-28-2011: National Naval Aviation Museum – Pensacola, FL
04-16-2011: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
01-26-2011: Hordern Pavilion – Sydney,
01-23-2011: Sydney Opera House – Sydney,
10-16-2010: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09-04-2010: Nissan Pavillion – Bristow, VA
11-03-2007: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
11-01-2007: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
10-04-2007: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
09-29-2007: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
09-20-2007: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
09-18-2007: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
09-08-2007: Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA
09-05-2007: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
09-02-2007: Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA
08-30-2007: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
07-28-2007: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-24-2007: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-23-2007: Post-Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
12-22-2006: The Belly Up – Aspen, CO
09-19-2006: Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
01-30-2004: Maui Arts & Cultural Ctr – Maui, HI
01-28-2004: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
01-20-2004: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
09-23-2003: Coors Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
09-16-2003: White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
08-30-2003: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-28-2003: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-26-2003: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-21-2003: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
07-05-2003: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
07-01-2003: Tweeter Center Philadelphia – Camden, NJ
06-28-2003: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-24-2003: DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
02-08-2003: St Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
02-05-2003: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
11-10-2001: Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
06-05-2001: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
05-22-2001: Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
05-04-2001: Margaritaville Cafe – New Orleans, LA
12-11-1999: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
12-09-1999: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
12-07-1999: Compaq Center – Houston, TX
12-04-1999: New Orleans Areana – New Orleans, LA
12-02-1999: Orlando Arena – Orlando, FL
09-04-1999: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
09-02-1999: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-31-1999: The Meadows – Hartford, CT
08-28-1999: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-26-1999: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-23-1999: Polaris Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH
08-21-1999: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-24-1999: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
07-20-1999: Riverport Amphitheatre – St Louis, MO
07-15-1999: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
05-03-1997: Sandstone Amphitheatre – Kansas City, KS
05-02-1997: Riverport Amphitheatre – St Louis, MO
03-02-1997: Nashville Arena – Nashville, TN
03-01-1997: Thompson Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN
02-22-1997: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
10-11-1996: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
10-09-1996: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
10-05-1996: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-29-1996: The Gorge – George, WA
09-28-1996: The Gorge – George, WA
09-26-1996: Rose Garden – Portland, OR
09-20-1996: Starplex Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
09-18-1996: Starplex Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
08-31-1996: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-30-1996: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-28-1996: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-25-1996: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-24-1996: The Meadows – Hartford, CT
08-22-1996: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-17-1996: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-16-1996: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-14-1996: Virginia Beach Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA
08-10-1996: Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford, NJ
08-09-1996: Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford, NJ
08-07-1996: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-06-1996: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-03-1996: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
08-02-1996: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-23-1996: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-22-1996: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-20-1996: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-18-1996: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-17-1996: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-14-1996: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06-08-1996: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-07-1996: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
06-05-1996: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-03-1996: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-01-1996: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
05-30-1996: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
05-29-1996: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
12-10-1989: Beacon Theater – New York, NY
12-05-1989: Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
07-06-1988: Maritime Pier – New York, NY
07-04-1988: Kings Dominion – Doswell, VA
07-24-1981: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
Number of Shows: 126