Takin' Care Of Business

Album: Bachman-Turner Overdrive II (1973)
Charted: 12
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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 we be

    Taking care of business (every day)
    Taking care of business (every way)
    We be been taking care of business (it's all mine)
    Taking care of business and working overtime

    Mercy
    Whoo
    All right

    Take good care of my business
    When I'm away, every day
    Whoo

    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

    Takin' care of business, whoo
    Takin' care of business
    Takin' care of business
    Takin' care of business
    Takin' care of business (every day)
    Takin' care of business (every way)
    Takin' care of business (it's all mine)
    Takin' care of business
    And working overtime

    Whoo
    Takin' care of business
    Takin' care of business
    Takin' care of business
    We be takin' care of business
    We be takin' care of business
    Takin' care of business
    Takin' care of businessWriter/s: RANDY BACHMAN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 21

  • Dave from Moscow, Russia FederationDoes anyone know how they got that strange 16-th note knocking sound that persists throughout the song? Like knuckles on a conga drum, or something. Too low in the mix to identify.
  • Andrew from London, United KingdomHere's the link for the real story of the piano on the song:
    http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/tcob.asp
  • Andrew from London, United KingdomThe story of the pizza man piano player is not correct. Look up Normal Durkee on snopes.com. He was a proper session musician who was working in the same studio when they recorded the song.
  • Jason from Aurora, CoDavid in Birmingham, Al.
    It's like the way some people mis pronounce Neil Peart's last name. It's pronounced PEERT not Pert!
  • David from Birmingham, AlBy the way, Randy's last name has been mispronounced by generations of deejays and fans. It's BACK-man...not BOCK-man.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThe lyrics say it all. Tired of the 9 to 5? Get a guitar, learn a few chords and be a rock star! It's easy! It sounds like a lyrics Frank Zappa would have written. Another song in the same vein is "Money For Nothing".
  • Justin from Mt Vernon, WaI participated in the record setting for the largest jam session. That was a fun experience and It looks awesome on a resume, and yes it has got ten me a job!
  • Jason from Denver, CoWhen I was a teenager growing up in Manistee, Michigan, My friends and I went to a place called "Johnny's of Custer" in Custer,Mich.We would go to the Saturday Night teen dance and do The Gator to this song.
  • Ryan from Somewhere In, NjI guess it wasn't supposed to be about anything, but the first time I heard TCOB (noone menchoned that it was a famous Elvis Presley phrase), it sounded like Bachman was talking about how everyone who goes through so much fuss to get paid. There are few people in the world today that actually do what they love to do the most, and list it as a proffesion. It sounded to me like Bachman was trying to express that he loves to write and play music.
  • Brian from New York, NyHas been played at Muts games for two years.

    Oh, did I say Muts? Most people spell it with an E but Yankees fans spell it with a U!
  • Nunzio from Darwin, AustraliaThis goes about 4mins 45sec on the original 45 but
    when K-Tel records did a comp in 74 called MIND BENDER it was cut back to 3 mins. It's the last track side 1. Vers 2 is gone & so is one of the instramental breaks. Elton Johns "Sarturday Nights
    Alright..." (4.55) was cut to 2.50 on same LP.
  • George from Ottawa, CanadaA fellow by the name of Norman Durkee plays piano on this song. The story behind his performance on the song is that Mr. Durkee was a pizza delivery guy who dropped into the wrong studio with a pizza (apparently that had been ordered by Steve Miller who reportedly was in another studio in the building) and he commented to Randy Bachman that the song needed some spicing up with a bit of honky-tonk-like piano and he showed Randy what he had in mind. BTO decided to give the idea a try and liked it and made the recording with Mr. Durkee. He gets piano-palying credit for the song on the album cover.
  • Allan from Vanderhoof, CanadaAs Maurie noted, Randy put out a CD, Every Song Tells a Story, which is actually the soundtrack to a TV special. The story he tells about the creation of TCB takes a while, but it's great. It incorporates a sore-throated singer, Santana, a Vancouver DJ and a Beatles rip-off - among other things. Randy is a natural storyteller, great CD.
  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaC-Fun is a ladies talk radio station these days. Nice ref Fiona.
  • Fiona from Napier, New Zealand"It's BTO -- they're Canada's answer to ELP! Their big hit was TCB! That's how we talked in the 70's. We didn't have a moment to spare."

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
  • Katheren from Augusta, MeThis is one of my fav songs
    - Katheren, Augusta, ME
    I like this song
    - Katheren, Augusta, ME
    countless sports teams used this song as a theme in the 70's and early 80's while showing highlights on tv.....i remember the chicago white sox used this as a theme one year....
    - Scott, chicago, IL
    this is an awsome song.
    - Dani, Winnipeg, Canada
    I hate this song..........Reminds me of work
    - Jade, Chippewa Falls, WI
    This is Homer Simpson's favorite song. On one of their episodes The Guess Who play and Homer requests that they play Takin Care of Business. Of course they tell him they dont play that song, he refuses to listen.
    - Zach, Faribault, MN
    The title of this song came to Randy Bachman while he was listening to a Vancouver radio stion and the DJ on the air at the time (on CFUN radio - DARYL BURLINGHAM better known as "Daryl B") would always say "... Hey it's Daryl B on CFUN radio, and we're taking care of Business..." and Randy thought that would make a good title to a song! Folks if you are a Guess Who fan like I am.. you NEED to get Randy's new CD.. "Every Song Tells a Story" it was recorded Live in Vancouver, and he tells the story of all his hits! its an amazing CD! www.randybachman.com
    - Maurie, Toronto, Canada
  • Scott from Chicago, Ilcountless sports teams used this song as a theme
    in the 70's and early 80's while showing highlights on tv.....i remember the chicago white sox used this as a theme one year....
  • Dani from Winnipeg, Canadathis is an awsome song.
  • Jade from Chippewa Falls, WiI hate this song..........Reminds me of work
  • Zach from Faribault, MnThis is Homer Simpson's favorite song. On one of their episodes The Guess Who play and Homer requests that they play Takin Care of Business. Of course they tell him they dont play that song, he refuses to listen.
  • Maurie from Toronto, CanadaThe title of this song came to Randy Bachman while he was listening to a Vancouver radio stion and the DJ on the air at the time (on CFUN radio - DARYL BURLINGHAM better known as "Daryl B") would always say "... Hey it's Daryl B on CFUN radio, and we're taking care of Business..." and Randy thought that would make a good title to a song! Folks if you are a Guess Who fan like I am.. you NEED to get Randy's new CD.. "Every Song Tells a Story" it was recorded Live in Vancouver, and he tells the story of all his hits! its an amazing CD! www.randybachman.com
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