‘Workin’ At the Car Wash Blues’ by Jim Croce – Classic Hit or Miss
“Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues” is a 1974 single written and recorded by Jim Croce. It was the third single released from his album I Got A Name. It reached a peak of #32 in July 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also the fourth single released (including Christmas-themed release “It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way”) after Jim Croce’s passing in September 1973.
Jim Croce described this song as having a “funky street feel”. During a performance, he explained the song as “a story about a guy who thinks he thinks he should be ruling the universe somewhere, but he is really working at a car wash”. Croce explained he came up with the idea for the song while in the military at Fort Jackson running telephone cables on poles and thinking he should be doing something else. While on top of the pole he thought about everyone in the same situation thinking they should be doing another “gig” and have a different job.
#32 in 1974 – How about today?