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You get up every morning
From your alarm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty

And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day

And I'll be...
Taking care of business, every day
Taking care of business, every way
I've been taking care of business, it's all mine
Taking care of business. and working overtime
Work out

If it were easy as fishin'
You could be a musician
If you could make sounds loud or mellow
Get a second-hand guitar
Chances are you'll go far
If you get in with the right bunch of fellows
People see you having fun
Just a-lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It's the work that we avoid
And we're all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day

And I'll be...
Taking care of business, every day
Taking care of business, every way
I've been taking care of business, it's all mine
Taking care of business and working overtime

One, two, three, four
And we be...
Taking care of business every day
Taking care of business every way
I've been taking care of business, it's all mine
Taking care of business and working overtime



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    UnregisteredMar 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm
    It's just a song I think Randy came up with a catchy hook put some words to it and said yes. That`s what songwriters do they write songs. They do not have to have a deeper meaning beyond try`in to make people want to dance or maybe forget their troubles for a while. If they can do that then they should be viewed as a great asset to mankind. Every bit as important as a teacher or a philosopher because they can do those two jobs and many more besides they are invaluable to mankind much more valuable than any church or preacher selling a fantasy with no basis in fact.
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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm
    I wouldn't call it sarcastic, but the writers are most definitely showing how they are coming to terms with the image of a musician "doing nothing all day. " however, the main message cannot be ignored: do what you love with the people you love, the money will come.
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    UnregisteredJun 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    The song has two "subjects" that it speaks to: "you" and "i", and the contrast of their lives. You get up and go to work during the day (a slave to the corporate world), while i work at nothing all day. The "i" is the musician (who typically works at night and is self-employed as opposed to business-employed). Or you could go phallic and say the the musician dude is "taking care of business" while the others are working.
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    UnregisteredMay 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    Being lazy, with no goals or mission in life is a good thing. Laying around, watching the days of your life slip by without purpose or meaning is the way to achieve happiness and fulfillment. Probably not a very good message.
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    UnregisteredFeb 21, 2012 at 5:24 am
    This is a blatantly sarcastic song about the life of musicians. Society sees them as doing nothing all day, and they've embraced that ideal and are making fun of that concept.

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