THE ENGINEER'S SONG

   (SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES")
 
   Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed,
   A poor college kid, barely kept his family fed,
   But then one day he was talking to a recruiter,
   He said "They'll pay ya big bucks if ya work on a computer",
   CAD that is ... CRT's ... Microstations...
 
   Well, the first thing ya know ol' Jed's an Engineer,
   The kinfolk said "Jed, move away from here",
   They said "Houston, Texas is the place ya oughta be",
   So he drove until he felt heat and humidity,
   Summer that is... no shade ... even your toenails sweat...
 
   On his first day at work they stuck him in a cube,
   Fed him a donut and sat him at a tube,
   They said "Your project's late but we know just what to do,
   Instead of 40 hours, we'll work you fifty-two!"
   Overtime that is... Unpaid ... Mandatory....
 
   The weeks rolled by and things were looking bad,
   Some schedules got slipped and the boss was gettin' mad,
   They called another meeting and decided on a fix,
   The answer was simple, "We'll work him sixty-six"
   Tired that is ... Stressed out ... No social life...
 
   Months turned into years and his hair was turning gray,
   Jed worked real hard while his life slipped away,
   Just waiting to retire when he turned sixty-four,
   Instead he got called in and escorted out the door,
   Laid-off that is ... Downsized ... Unemployed...
 
   Ya'll come back as a contractor now, Ya heah?