Take This Job and Shove It
|"Take This Job and Shove It"|
|Single by Johnny Paycheck|
|from the album Take This Job and Shove It|
|Recorded||August 24, 1977|
|Writer(s)||David Allan Coe|
|Johnny Paycheck singles chronology|
"Take This Job and Shove It" is a 1977 country music song originally written by David Allan Coe, but popularized by Johnny Paycheck, about the bitterness of a man who has worked long and hard with no apparent reward. The song was first recorded by Johnny Paycheck, on his album also titled Take This Job and Shove It. The recording hit number one on the country charts for two weeks, spending 18 weeks on the charts. It was Johnny Paycheck's only #1 hit.
David Allan Coe recorded his own variation of the song called "Take This Job and Shove It Too" on his 1978 album Family Album. It included the double-meaning line "Paycheck you may be a thing of the past." Coe was annoyed that Johnny Paycheck allowed people to think he had written the song.
The song inspired a 1981 film by the same name.
"Take this job and shove it" became a popular phrase as a result of the song. It also became a snowclone phrase, leading to a variety of book and article titles of the form, "Take this job and ... it". The most notable is "Take this job and love it", which has been the title of dozens of books, mostly about career counseling, as well as the title of a 2007 episode of the television series Hannah Montana. Another notable variation was the 2006 book Take This Job and Ship It by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
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by Dolly Parton
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
January 7-January 14, 1978
"What a Difference You've Made in My Life"
by Ronnie Milsap
"Sweet Music Man"
by Kenny Rogers
|RPM Country Tracks
January 14, 1978
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