Big Blue Blues

© 1987 Stephen Savitzky CC-by-nc-sa.

Lyrics [pdf]

one verse instrumental
C G C
  I got hardware in the morn in',  software the whole night through
F C G7
  My baby's gone and left me,  she says I just won't  do.
C F
I've  run clean out of coffee, my computer's blown a  fuse
C G7 C
And left me  sittin' at the keyboard,  singin' the Big Blue  blues.

Well I went out to buy computers, looked at Sun and Dec and Cray,
Looked at Lisp and Smalltalk, C and Unix all the day,
Then my boss came in and told me, this is what you're gonna use:
OS and Cobol on a mainframe, singin' the Big Blue blues.

Well I was once a happy hacker, singin' a happy song,
Wore blue jeans and a tee shirt, debugging all night long,
But I came to work one morning, they told me shine those shoes,
Wear a suit and get a haircut, start singin' the Big Blue blues.
one verse instrumental
Now a computer salesman, he'll whisper in your ear
No matter what he can deliver, he'll tell you what you want to hear;
He'll say his hardware is the greatest, it's all you'll ever want to use
But you're still waitin' six months later, singin' the Big Blue blues.

And a computer repairman, he never satisfies
He'll arrive six hours late, and tell you seven kinds of lies
He'll have it up in just five minutes, that's the line he'll use
And he'll leave you in the morning, singin' the Big Blue blues.

repeat first verse
repeat last line of first verse