Parody of It's A Hard Knock/Federal Life Lyrics

A group of four of us did this at NSF's Combined Federal Campaign Talent Show:

ALL
It's a job that's hard to love.
Cause our Congress is above.

ANNIE: Steada Respect
ORPHANS: Get the stick

ANNIE: Steada Kudos
ORPHANS: We get kicks

ALL
It's a federal job
Pay and benefits are so-so
Til the Congress drops them low

ANNIE: Zero FEPCA [*]
ORPHANS: 'Steada law

ANNIE: More work rules
ORPHANS: 'Steada few

ALL

Glad ya got a job

Don't it feel like the carping's never ending
Don't it seem like there's never any light
Once a day, don't you wanna chuck the job in
It's easier than puttin' up a fight

ANNIE
Few are there when you become a target
Few cheer when you achieve, but if you fail....!!!
You're lucky if you get any justice

ALL
From all the joy, you'd think this place a jail

Ohhhhhhhh!!!!

Lousy work life!
Rotten boss life!
Full of sorrow life
No tomorrow life

Equal pay we will not see
Pay comparability

No one cares for you or Bob
Since you've got a fed'ral job

It's a hard knock job

Jennifer
(Making a whistling sound and imitating Miss Hannigan) You'll make this Agency a model of efficiency with less budget and FTE.

ALL
More work, less pay
That's the Federal way
Regulations new today
Congress has their say

Jennifer
(whistle) Back to work!
(whistle) Efficiency uber alles!
(whistle) I said back to work!

ALL
It's a job that's hard to love
'Cause our Congress is above
When things go wrong, there're flares
When things go right, no one cares

It's a hard knock job
It's a hard knock life
It's a hard knock job

[*] FEPCA: Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act

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