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