Alex Lifeson really gets to work on this song in the riffs and the guitar solos.
The opening riff could easily be used on a Metallica or Pantera album, it’s that heavy.
I get up at seven, yeah
And I go to work at nine
I got no time for livin’
Yes, I’m workin’ all the time
And when you add overtime to the mix which everyone would say yes to, as it added that little bit of extra in the pay, then there is zero time for living because you are working all the time.
But hey, you are thinking that the holidays are coming soon and you will have time for living then and you will go away with your family, but suddenly, you and your partner are disconnected because of all the time you spent away and your kids just don’t have that connection with you either.
It seems to me
I could live my life
A lot better than I think I am
I guess that’s why they call me
They call me the working man
Live to work or work to live. Jobs in the past provided security. It was the norm that someone would start and retire in the same job. My Dad did. These days it’s very different. There is a gig economy, part time work, casual work, full time work and most people have been in more than one job. Sometimes a lot of jobs.
The thing I like about music is when artists are creative.
From the 2 minute mark “Working Man” changes. That whole lead section and that riff from 3.10 is basically a song within a song. And it keeps going, so far removed from the pop formula of verse, chorus and bridge.
Then at the 5.20 mark the song comes back to the original music. After 7 plus minutes, the only option left is to press repeat.