Carla Ulbrich: Professional Smart Aleck

 
 

Professional Smart Aleck CD

Would You Rather Be Paid

02:50
Carla Ulbrich
2003-02-00
Carla Ulbrich

Story

I wrote this on the way home from one of my last bar gigs ever. I used to play a lot of restaurants, bars, bookstores, etc. for a living, when I lived in Atlanta and was working on my 1st CD. I thought I was enjoying them OK until I wrote this song on the way home from that last gig and then read the lyrics...

Lyrics

Across the room it was the girls’ night out Asked me for Alanis Morissette And I thought they were applauding But they were just packing down their cigarettes So I went for something easy Played a song that everybody likes to hum And I thought they all were singing ‘til I realized They were only chewing gum It’s like the gods have spoken "So you are making this your trade? Would you like to be listened to Or would you rather be paid?" They were applauding they were cheering They were hanging on each syllable I said Or so I thought until I saw the football game On TV just above my head "Well you get to drink for free," they said. I don’t think they’ll ever get the joke I have tried but I could never swallow Fifty dollars worth of Diet Coke It’s like the gods have spoken "So you are making this your trade? Would you like to be listened to Or would you rather be paid?" I’m only drinking soda I didn’t come here to get laid It’s nice to be listened to But either way I still get paid (for singing) It’s not been an evening It’s not complete until I’ve heard Several lewd suggestions And someone loudly hollering…. "Freebird" You think that’s funny? Go ahead and say it One day you’ll regret it Because I’ll actually play it The long, long version I’m gonna play it really slow… And with only one guitar I’ll have to sing the solo La la la la... I’ve done my duty I came I saw I sang I played It would be nice to be listened to But either way I still get paid