Lyrics: Tools of Your Labor

Tools of Your Labor (written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear; © Elektra/Asylum Records 1985)

Did your mother ever tell you to stay out of the street?

You’re going to end up just like your mother then: smooth, regretful and weak

The material you’ve been given may not be cut to such a fashionable length

You must look closely and develop its value; and its value lies all in it’s strength

 

The tools of your labor are sharp and strong (are you sleeping?)

The tools of your labor may be right or wrong (are you sleeping?)

You don’t have to be bitter or complain with a smirk

Just make the tools of your labor work

 

His life, if you believed him, was like a sack of novels all combined

He lived with four girls in a garage up in Shady Side so he can tune up and get his front end aligned

He’s left so many other homes bleeding, he often exchanges all the facts

And he claims to be a victim of perfection, now all he wants to do is relax

 

The tools of your labor are sharp and strong (are you sleeping?)

The tools of your labor may be right or wrong (are you sleeping?)

You don’t have to be bitter or complain with a smirk

Just make the tools of your labor work

 

You no more deserve your life than a child’s who sleeps in the streets

Who just stares at you, freezing; you just gotta compare your defeat

 

So goodnight and goodbye my sedentary friends, though your sleep will restless for you

‘Cause your dreams must all be earned and then that’s how dreams come true

 

The tools of your labor are sharp and strong (are you sleeping?)

The tools of your labor may be right or wrong (are you sleeping?)

You don’t have to be bitter or complain with a smirk

Just make the tools of your labor work

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