VDT (Tom Juravich)

“VDT” Sheet Music (pdf).
“VDT” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Tom Juravich.
Tune: Tom Juravich.


Well, you don’t know my name, but you sure know me.
I work in New York, Boston, and DC.
I used to be a typist, a secretary.
But now, I enter data on a VDT.
I tell you it’s not like they show on TV.
It’s hell to earn a living on a VDT.

You won’t hear me say that typing was fun,
But at least, I could see the work that I’d done.
And the boss couldn’t test my productivity
By punching up my number on his VDT.
I swear the screen is staring back at me.
It’s hell to earn a living on a VDT.

My supervisor says it’s safe for me.
She shows me a study done at MIT.
You can see what it’s done to my eyes.
Heaven only knows what it’s doing inside.
I tell you it’s not like I thought it would be.
It’s hell to earn a living on a VDT.

When you think of union, what comes to your mind?
A guy driving a truck or working the line?
But if you ever spent hours behind a VDT,
You know no one needs a union more than me.
My eyes are aching, but now, I can see
It’s hell to earn a living on a VDT.


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