Unemployed need not apply
everyday that’s what they’re saying.
We've got some jobs just not for you
'cause we can smell your desperation.
Got too many applications
ain’t no way to see ‘em all.
We’ll cut the number down to size
by dropping all the desperate.
If you were good you’d still be workin
someone would have hired you
your company would've kept you on
so you ain't worth an interview.
We don't want the over skilled
who’ll settle cause they need the money
whose kids are living hand to mouth
the bank foreclosing on their home.
Besides you’re old you're over fifty
you’d increase our labor costs.
Your skills are from another era
you cost us more than you are worth.
This firm's out to make a profit
lowering production costs
much younger folks will grab the job
take lots less than you were makin
enthusiastic hungry workers
what every growing business wants.
So yes we have some jobs to fill
we’ll post our ads up on the boards
we promise no discrimination
but we ain't got no job for you.
And as he read the Monster posting
unemployed need not apply
he saw how little things had changed
briefly thought of Rosasharn
pickin cotton in the sun
on that day so long ago.
Photo from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library / National Archives
©Toritto - words - 2011