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Joe Glazer

"Automation" (karaoke)

"Automation" (sheet music)

I went down, down, down to the factory

Early on a Monday morn.

When I got down to the factory,

It was lonely. It was forlorn.

I couldn't find Joe, Jack, John, or Jim;

Nobody could I see:

Nothing but buttons and bells and lights

All over the factory.


I walked, walked, walked into the foreman's office

To find out what was what.

I looked him in the eye and I said, "What goes?"

And this is the answer I got:

His eyes turned red, then green, then blue,

And it suddenly dawned on me:

There was a robot sitting in the seat

Where the foreman used to be.


I walked all around, all around, up and down

And across that factory.

I watched all the buttons and the bells and the lights.

It was a myst'ry to me.

I hollered, "Frank, Hank, Roy, Ray, Don, Dan,

Bill, Phil, Ed, Fred, Pete!"

And a great big mechanical voice boomed out:

"All your buddies are obsolete!"


I was scared, scared, scared; I was worried; I was sick

As I left that factory.

I decided that I had to see the president

Of the whole darn company.

When I got up to his office, he was rushing out the door

With a scowl upon his face

'Cause there was a great big mechanical executive

Sitting in the president's place.


I went home, home, home to my ever-loving wife

And told her 'bout the factory.

She hugged me and she kissed me and she cried a little bit

As she sat on my knee.

I don't understand all the buttons and the lights,

But one thing I will say:

I thank the good Lord that love's still made

In the good old-fashioned way.

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