"Beverly Hillbillies" parody now "The Engineer's Song"

The Modern Software Engineer

Too many all-nighters for this employee.
Too many all-nighters for this employee. | Source

Sing this to "Beverly Hillbilies"

Here is yet another lyric thoughly butchered by myself and co-workers at AT&T which became Lucent, then became Avaya during my tenure before MY OWN LAYOFF. We performed this little ditty somewhere when we were not feverishly trying to meet deadline on a product release.

Yes, it is truly a wonder when you discover the talent you and your co-workers have while having a musical inspiration moment at the water cooler.

There are a lot of song-writer wanna-be employees ready to "sing it like it is" even at the most conservative companies. -- Laura in Denver

The Engineer's Song (to "Beverly Hillbillies Theme")

Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed,
A poor College Kid, barely kept his family fed,
But then one day he was talking to a dude, 
"They'll pay ya lots of bucks since you program very good" 
IT, that is ... Unix ... Windows 7

Well, the first thing ya know ol' Jed's an Engineer,
The comp'ny said "Jed move away from here" They said, 
"Colorado is the place ya oughta be", 
So he moved out West to work at the company
Mountains, he thought ... skiing ... good weather
 
On his first day at work, they stuck him in a cube, 
Fed him by IV and told him "Get a move!" 
They said "Your project's late but we know just what to do.
Instead of 40 hours, we'll work you fifty-two!" 
OT that is ... Unpaid ... Mandatory 
 
The weeks rolled by and things were looking bad, 
Schedules were slipped and some managers were mad, 
They called another meeting and decided on a fix, 
The answer was simple, "We'll work him sixty-six"
Tired, that is ... Stressed out ... No social life 
 
The job was finally done and they rolled it out the door 
Jed thought his life would be normal once more 
But problems had surfaced at the first client trial 
He had to fix bugs 'til the customer was fine. 
All nighters, that is ... no sleep ... red eyes 

Finally all was fixed and Jed was feeling tard (tired) 
Thought he'd get a bonus for working so hard 
But planners must have planned with stars in their eyes 
Targets weren't met so all must sacrifice. 
Budget, that is ... no money ... cutbacks 

The Software Engineer's Life

While in school, I never thought my choice of technology as my profession would end up with such long hours. But it was fun and seeing satisfied clients in the end was worth all the long hours! Enjoy! -- Laura in Denver

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John Lakewood 6 years ago from Lakewood, CO

Cool! I remember old Jed and Granny.


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jochanaan 6 years ago

Hahaha! You guys are great!


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Laura in Denver 6 years ago from Aurora Author

It is interesting how my + co-worker's lyrics butchery has proliferated to sites other than internal Avaya.


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Johanna Smith 6 years ago from Fort Collins, CO

"Budget, that is ... no money ... cutbacks" yepper, plus layoffs next.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this is great, we used to do all sorts of things in the office to get rid of boredom, we even set up a mini basketball net on the door, so when we messed up any paper work we just threw it through there and hoped that it would land in the basket underneath! ha ha cheers nell


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Laura in Denver 6 years ago from Aurora Author

The culture in this company was fun and we did write come crackpot songs to relieve the tension.

Thanks for commenting!


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Really wonderful prose here Laura, enjoyed it much. My ma worked for AT&T's complaint dept. for years and watched everyone on her floor slowly have a nervous breakdown! Tough crowd.

Cheers

Ben

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