Song of the Day #4,322: ‘Good Job’ – Alicia Keys

Coronavirus has disrupted every industry, and the music business is no exception. High profile releases by such artists as Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga and Haim have been delayed, and concerts are pretty much a thing of the past (when will you feel safe sharing close quarters with 20,000 fellow fans?).

But our new normal hasn’t stopped some artists from releasing music, and over the next two weeks I’ll feature songs by ten of them, from new names to grizzled veterans.

Kicking things off is Alicia Keys, whose album ‘ALICIA’ was recently postponed from mid-March to mid-May. In advance of the release, Keys dropped the track ‘Good Job’ in honor of all the health care workers, first responders, teachers, parents, and other real-life heroes who have risen to the occasion during this pandemic.

The song wasn’t written about the crisis (it was finished months ago), but it fits incredibly well. So well that Keys teamed up with CNN to release the song during one of their coronavirus town halls.

Keys exudes such warmth and positivity that hers is a perfect voice to turn to in these uncertain times.

[Pre-Chorus]
You’re the engine that makes all things go
And you’re always in disguise, my hero
I see your light in the dark
Smile in my face when we all know it’s hard
There’s no way to ever pay you back
Bless your heart, know I love you for that
Honest and selfless
I don’t know if this helps it, but

[Chorus]
Good job, you’re doin’ a good job, a good job
You’re doin’ a good job
Don’t get too down
The world needs you now
Know that you matter, matter, matter, yeah
You’re doin’ a good job, a good job
You’re doin’ a good job
Don’t get too down
The world needs you now
Know that you matter, matter, matter, yeah

[Verse]
Six in the morning
And soon as you walk through that door
Everyone needs you again
The world’s out of order
It’s not as sound when you’re not around
All day on your feet, hard to
Keep that energy, I know
When it feel like the end of the road
You don’t let go
You just press forward

[Pre-Chorus]
You’re the engine that makes all things go
And you’re always in disguise, my hero
I see your light in the dark
Smile in my face when we all know it’s hard
There’s no way to ever pay you back
Bless your heart, know I love you for that
Honest and selfless
I don’t know if this helps it, but (Good job)

[Chorus]
Good job, you’re doin’ a good job, a good job (Good job)
You’re doin’ a good job
Don’t get too down
The world needs you now
Know that you matter, matter, matter, yeah
(Yeah, that’s a good job)
You’re doin’ a good job, a good job (Good job)
You’re doin’ a good job
Don’t get too down
The world needs you now
Know that you matter, matter, matter, yeah

[Bridge]
The mothers, the fathers, the teachers that reach us
Strangers to friends that show up in the end
From the bottom to the top, the listeners that hear us
This is for you, you make me fearless

[Outro]
You’re doin’ a good job, a good job (Oh)
You’re doin’ a good job
Don’t get too down
The world needs you now
Know that you matter, matter, matter, yeah

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,322: ‘Good Job’ – Alicia Keys

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I heard Keyes perform this on that CNN Town Hall. Hard to believe the song wasn’t written based on the pandemic. In fact, when I heard it, I remember thinking it’s far too literal, though very touching.

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