Written by: Randy Bachmann
Recorded: 1973, Kaye-Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington
Released: December 1973
Album: Bachmann Turner Overdrive II
Label: Mercury Records
This is classic Canadian rock, a song for all those hard-working people out there who would rather be doing something else, like being a musician or doing some other creative endeavor. The song is dripping with irony, but its meaning is crystal clear.
Burton Cummings and Randy Bachmann, both previously from The Guess Who, play the classic Bachmann Turner Overdrive, or simply BTO tune, Takin' Care of Business in Toronto during a reunion of The Guess Who:
In 2000, Cummings, Bachman and original drummer Garry Peterson toured as The Guess Who. Bassist Jim Kale played one show and former Guess Who sidemen Donnie McDougall and Bill Wallace re-joined the line-up through the remainder of the tour in Canada and later in the U.S.
Takin' Care of Business
In 2001, Cummings and the rest of The Guess Who received honorary doctorates at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. Cummings was also made a member of the Order of Manitoba. In 2003, the band played at the so-called "SARSstock" concert in Toronto.
Bachmann Turner Overdrive II: Takin' Care of Business is the last track on the 1973 album.
by Randy Bachmann
You get up every morning
From your alarm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I'll be...
Taking care of business every day
Taking care of business every way
I've been taking care of business, it's all mine
Taking care of business and working overtime
If it were easy as fishin'
You could be a musician
If you could make sounds loud or mellow
Get a second-hand guitar
Chances are you'll go far
If you get in with the right bunch of fellows
People see you having fun
Just a-lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It's the work that we avoid
And we're all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day
And we be...
[Spoken] Take good care of my business
When I'm away, every day whoo!
[Repeat first 2 verses]
Takin' care of business [4x]
Takin' care of business [repeat, fade]