SONG LYRICS FOR: "CONSTRUCTION CREW"
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Lead Vocal: Michael Fridley, Russel Alan Pratt
Lyrics by Russel Alan Pratt, Michael Fridley, Jeremy Spencer
Music by Russel Alan Pratt, Michael Fridley
Arranged and engineered by Russel Alan Pratt, Michael Fridley, Jeremy Spencer

"CONSTRUCTION CREW"

Hey! Huh!

Verse 1
Standing on a street in town,
I watched them tear a building down.
Men with a dan gerous job to do,
Working on the wrecking crew. [Huh!]

Verse 2
"Step back, now!" I heard them yell.
Swung a beam & a tower fell.
Crumbling walls & crashing sounds
Fifteen stories tumbled down.

Bridge
I asked the boss, "Does this job take skill,
[Ooh, does this job take skill?]
Like the kind you need when you wanna build?"
[Ooh, when you wanna build?]
He said to me, "Oh no, indeed.
Unskilled labor is all I need.
They can tear down in just one day
What it takes a year to build."

[Hey!]
[Huh!]
[Hey! Build it up,
Don’t tear it down!]

Verse 3
I turned around, and before my eyes,
Working on a new high rise,
Were carpenters and engineers
Who’d made construction their career.

Verse 4
Concentration on each face,
They slowly welded beams in place,
Making concrete, steel, and glass
Become a building made to last.

Bridge
The foreman told me as I walked away,
[Ooh, walked away]
"Be careful how you treat people everyday;
[Ooh, every day]
Be the kind of man who gives them love,
Helps them out, and lifts them up.
'Cause any fool can go around
Tearing others down."

Verse 5
Take your choice, it’s up to you:
Construction team, or wrecking crew. [Build it up!]
Are you gonna go around [Huh!]
Satisfied just tearing down?

Verse 6
I’d take construction, if I were you.
It’s the better thing to do. [Build it up!]
Help the people you’re around;
Build them up, don’t tear them down. [Hey!]

Help the people you’re around;
Build them up, don’t tear them down.

 

"CONSTRUCTION CREW" (with chords)

Capo: 2nd fret

Intro: (D)-(A)-(D)-(A)(D)-(A) [4 times]

Hey! Huh!

Verse 1
(D)Stand(A)ing (D)on (A)a (D)street in (A)town,
I (D)watched (A)them (D)tear (A)a (D)building (A)down.
(D)Men (A)with a (D)dan (A)gerous (D)job to (A)do,
(D)Work(A)ing (D)on (A)the (D)wrecking (A)crew. [Huh!]

Verse 2
(D)"Step (A)back, (D)now!" (A)I (D)heard them (A)yell.
(D)Swung (A)a (D)beam (A)& a (D)tower (A)fell.
(D)Crumb(A)ling (D)walls (A)& (D)crashing (A)sounds--
(D)Fif(A)teen (D)sto(A)ries (D)tumbled (A)down.

Bridge
(Bm)I asked the boss, "Does this job take (A)skill,
[Ooh, does this (D)job take (A)skill?]
(Bm)Like the kind you need when you wanna (A)build?"
[Ooh, when you (D)wanna (A)build?]
(Bm)He said to me, "Oh no, in(D)deed.
Unskilled labor is all I (A)need.
They can tear down in (D)just one day
What it takes a year to (A)build."

(D)-(A)-(D)-(A)[Hey!](D)-(A)
(D)-(A)-(D)-(A)[Huh!](D)-(A)
[Hey! Build it up,
Don’t tear it down!]

Verse 3
I (D)turned (A)a(D)round, (A)and be(D)fore my (A)eyes,
(D)Work(A)ing (D)on (A)a (D)new high (A)rise,
Were (D)car(A)pen(D)ters (A)and (D)engin(A)eers
Who’d (D)made (A)con(D)struc(A)tion (D)their ca(A)reer.

Verse 4
(D)Con(A)cen(D)tra(A)tion (D)on each (A)face,
They (D)slow(A)ly (D)weld(A)ed (D)beams in (A)place,
(D)Mak(A)ing (D)con(A)crete, (D)steel, and (A)glass
Be(D)come (A)a (D)build(A)ing (D)made to (A)last.

Bridge
(Bm)The foreman told me as I walked a(A)way,
[Ooh, (D)walked a(A)way]
(Bm)"Be careful how you treat people (A)everyday;
[Ooh, (D)every (A)day]
(Bm)Be the kind of man who gives them (D)love,
Helps them out, and lifts them (A)up.
'Cause any fool can (D)go around
Tearing others (A)down."

Verse 5
(D)Take (A)your (D)choice, (A)it’s (D)up to (A)you:
Con(D)struc(A)tion (D)team, (A)or (D)wrecking (A)crew. [Build it up!]
(D)Are (A)you (D)gon(A)na (D)go a(A)round [Huh!]
(D)Sat(A)is(D)fied (A)just (D)tearing (A)down?

Verse 6
I’d (D)take (A)con(D)struc(A)tion, if (D)I were (A)you.
(D)It’s (A)the (D)bet(A)ter (D)thing to (A)do. [Build it up!]
(D)Help (A)the (D)peo(A)ple (D)you’re a(A)round;
(D)Build (A)them (D)up, (A)don’t (D)tear them (A)down. [Hey!]

(D)Help (A)the (D)peo(A)ple (D)you’re a(A)round;
(D)Build (A)them (D)up, (A)don’t (D)tear them (A)down.

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