The Paul McCartney Project

Work - When You Ask a Working Man

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991

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Song facts

When You Ask a Working Man” is the sixth track of the sixth movement – entitled “Work” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

V: WORK. Mary Dee’s office. She runs a hectic business staffed entirely by women. Mary Dee busies among the computers and fax machines, issuing orders as her girls lapse their concentration to fantasize of love. Meanwhile at Shanty’s office – where his rank does not match Mary Dee’s success – he is cajoled by colleagues to work less and play more. As one colleague, Mr. Dingle, tempts Shanty to slip off to the pub, at home Mary Dee indicates that she is pregnant.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes

Last updated on July 11, 2019


When you ask a working man,
'Does he ever stop?'
Will he make it to the top?
Should he take a break on Sunday?
Work until he drop.

My early days in school required
A lot of concentration
I was finding out.

But now in later years I find
My colleagues here are more inclined
To mess about.
My wife at home
Would surely never understand
If I so much as look at someone else

If men had been the faithful sort
It surely would have changed the course
of history.

Don't ask me who the first man was
That dared to take a mistress,
It's a mystery.
Your wife at home
Would surely have to understand
If you were ever seen with someone else.

Oh, no she won't!

You wouldn't dare!

Oh, yes I would!

Oh, no you don't!

All things matrimonial
Carry with them certain responsibilities.

Carry with them certain responsibilities.

Officially appears on

Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

1:34 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991

Live performances

“Work - When You Ask a Working Man” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Work - When You Ask a Working Man” has been played


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