Take This Job and Shove It

” Take This Job and Shove It ” is a 1977 country music written by David Allan Coe and popularized by Johnny Paycheck . The song was first recorded by Paycheck on his album titled Take This Job and Shove It . The 18 weeks on the charts. [1] It was Paycheck’s only # 1 hit.

It’s B-side , “Colorado Kool-Aid,” and it’s at the same time. [1]

Coe’s recording was released in 1978 on his “Family Album”. This song was also called “Take This Job and Shove It Too” on his 1980 album “I’ve Got Something To Say”. It included the double-meaning line “Paycheck you may be a thing of the past.” Coe was annoyed people assumed Paycheck had written the song. Paycheck, and subsequent album, both correctly credit Coe as the song’s composer.

The song inspired a 1981 movie by the same name.

A cover version also appears on Bedtime for Democracy by Dead Kennedys . Another cover version, “Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee”, performed by Canibus with Biz Markie , appears in the movie Office Space . Chuck Barris and the Hollywood Cowboys performed a modified version of the play as Barris’ swan song when The Gong Show was kicked off NBC in 1978.


“Take this job and shove it” became a popular phrase as a result of the song. It also became a snowclone phrase, “Take this job and … it”. The most notable is “Take this job and love it,” which was the title of dozens of books, mostly about career counseling, as well as the title of Hannah Montana’s 2007 television episode . Another notable variation was the 2006 book Take This Job and Ship It by US Senator Byron Dorgan . Another variation is the quote “take this job and fill it” from the Simpsons episode, ” Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy”(Another related snowclone is” take this … and shove it, “for any unpleasant or low-quality item.)

Chart performance

Chart (1977-78) Peak
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008 . Record Research, Inc. p. 319. ISBN  0-89820-177-2 .

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