Rat Race

Roddy Byers

You're working at your leisure to learn the things you'll need
The promises you make tomorrow will carry no guarantee
I've seen your qualifications, you've got a Ph.D.
I've got one art O level, it did nothing for me

Working for the rat race
You know you're wasting your time
Working for the rat race
You're no friend of mine

You plan your conversation to impress the college bar
Just talking about your Mother and Daddy's Jaguar
Wear your political T-shirt and sacred college scarf
Discussing the worlds situation but just for a laugh

You'll be working for the rat race
You know you're wasting your time
Working for the rat race
You're no friend of mine

Working for the rat race
You know you're wasting your time
Working for the rat race
You're no friend of mine

Just working at your leisure to learn the things you don't need
The promises you make tomorrow will carry no guarantee
I've seen your qualifications, you've got a Ph.D.
I've got one art O level, it did nothing for me

Working for the rat race
You know you're wasting your time
You're working for the rat race
You're no friend of mine

Released As:

The Specials

Single Cover:

A Message To You, Rudy - Single Cover

UK Release Date:

May 1980

Catalog Number:

CHS TT10

UK Single Chart:

5

Single Track Listing:

Rat Race
Rude Buoys Outa Jail

Notes:

A live version recorded in 1998 also features as an unlisted bonus track on 'Guilty Til Proved Innocent'