Who Sang Manual Labor? Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver Salt of the Earth cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 2:48
By the sweat of his brow is how a mans supposed to earn his pay
But the VIP's and the rich folks of this land
Think manual labor aint nothing but a Mexican
Who swam the Rio Grande

Manual Labor that old back breaker him
Sure knows how to make a fool out of folks like me
It throws your muscle in hustle and it numbs your brain
Then it hauls you off down the tracks like a run away train

Oh, manual labor you, you old back breaker, you
I must have mistaken you for a true blue friend you've never been
My youth and my good time spent, don't know where my money went

I like how the government got more than their share, oh well, who cares?
I'm a-gettin' on a holy road, send a dollar to a TV show
God knows how the money goes when you're saving a soul, big save-on soul

Oh, manual labor you, you old back breaker, you
I must have mistaken you for a true blue friend you've never been
My youth and my good time spent, don't know where my money went

I like how the government got more than their share, oh well, who cares?
I'm a-gettin' on a holy road, send a dollar to a TV show
God knows how the money goes when you're saving a soul, big save-on soul

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Sweet Mama
  • 2 Hardworkin' Man
  • 3 Manual Labor
  • 4 Hill Country Love Song
  • 5 You Just Can't Beat Jesus Christ
  • 6 The Devil Made Me Do It the First Time
  • 7 Fun While It Lasted
  • 8 Whiteman's Watermelon
  • 9 Street Walkin' Woman
  • 10 Good News Blues