Dr. Dre needs a Doctor!

Is there a song written about your career?  Or someone in a position like yours?  Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson told mothers not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys (they should be doctors and lawyers and such)... and Smokey Robinson crooned that there's nothing much sadder than the tears of a clown.  

Below are some lyrics to a few songs that mention various occupations in the title or lyrics.  Can you name some others?    

In Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor", singer Skylar Grey is featured singing the chorus... 

I'm about to lose my mind
You’ve been gone for so long, I’m runnin' outta time
I need a doctor, call me a doctor
I need a doctor, doctor to bring me back to life

I wonder if Skylar Grey (or Dr. Dre) is as bad off as Robert Palmer, who also sang about his doctor in his song "Bad Case of Lovin' You".  

In "Please Mr. Postman", which has been recorded by many acts, The Marvelettes are pining to receive something from their beloved:  

Mr. Postman, look and see
If there's a letter in your bag for me
I've been waiting a long long time
Since I heard from that boy of mine

How nice would it be to say to the Marvelettes, "Why yes, in fact there is something here for you!"  Perhaps we could ask our neighborhood postal service worker

In the Beatles' song "Paperback Writer", we hear an aspiring novelist trying to plead to get his novel published:

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

Did the Beatles ever follow up on that song?  Wonder if the writer/author they're singing about ever got his or her big break?  Did he or she ever find a good editor

Ironik's "Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)" features samples of Elton John singing the chorus of his "Tiny Dancer":  

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Tina Turner also crooned about a dancer, although a more private one.  

What type of work does an editor do?  What's the work environment like for a writer?  How does one become a doctor?  How much does a postal service worker make?  What are the job prospects for a dancer?  

Find all this out and more by looking at the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Also available in print at the library.  

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Written by Frank on May 19, 2014


Lisa F. on May 19, 2014


I wonder if those musicians all used the Occupation Outlook Handbook for inspiration? But let's not forget The Highwayman, written by Johnny Cash. In that song you've got a highwayman, a sailor, a dam builder, and a starship flyer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw1bHaUk1CM

Anonymous on May 19, 2014


Of course I meant Marian, not Marilyn.

Frank on May 20, 2014


Not a song lyric, but my attempt at a limerick. I've heard "Jessie's Girl" on the radio lately and the other day I noticed Rick Springfield got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star too!!

Rick Springfield is a well known musician
With Hollywood Star now in position.
His song "Jessie's Girl"
Is played round the world,
But on TV he played a physician.

Lucas Stephens on May 20, 2014


I've always wanted to write a rap song about a rapper who can't make it in the music business, so he gets a job wrapping gifts and henceforth becomes a wrapper.


Nice!! Might just be seasonal work although I guess birthdays are all year round!

Anonymous on May 20, 2014


Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine.
Doctor is mentioned in the chorus, but my favorite it the professor:
I went to see the doctor of philosophy
With a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knee
He never did marry or see a B-grade movie
He graded my performance, he said he could see through me
I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper
And I was free.


Such a great song and album. The one time I thought I'd try to learn to play the guitar I wanted to try that song.

Anonymous on May 22, 2014


Street Fighting Man, Tax Man, Space Oddity, 16 Tons, The Lollipop Guild, Repo Man. Wow, this makes me think of songs from all types of music.

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