Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job And Shove It,” written by David Allan Coe in 1977, covers every profound concept we’ve dreamed of addressing to that incredibly overbearing and inconsiderate boss.
With its upbeat country tune, it is the ultimate in-your-face number that is sure to put those mistreating superiors in their place and lift that incredibly stressful burden off your overworked shoulders!
The line “take this job and shove it, I ain’t working here no more” speaks earth-shattering volumes, and throughout the song, the singer describes the loving relationship he indirectly sacrificed due to the job he worked so hard for.
Paycheck continues with, “One of these days I’m gonna’ blow my top, and that sucker, he’s gonna’ pay. Lord, I can’t wait to see their faces.” Yikes! If that’s not an unhappy statement, we sure don’t know what is!
The 1977 hit is carried by an upbeat country tune and written by David Allan Coe.
Paycheck released the song on his album of the same name, which also spawned the singles “Colorado Kool-Aid” and “Georgia In A Jug.”
A year later, Coe recorded his own version of the song he wrote for his album titled Family Album. He also joined country-rap duo Moonshine Bandits in 2017 for a remake of “Take This Job and Shove It.”
Not only did the song hit number one on the charts, it also inspired a movie of the same name, which starred Robert Hays, Barbara Hershey, Art Carney, and David Keith.
The song has inspired many different articles and books, and even episodes of The Simpsons and Hannah Montana.
Watch Johnny Paycheck perform “Take This Job And Shove It” live in 1977 in the video below.