Styx Lyrics Archive

Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

Written by Tommy Shaw
Lead Vocals by Tommy Shaw

Give me a job, give me security
Give me a chance to survive
I'm just a poor soul in the unemployment line
My God, I'm hardly alive
My mother and father, my wife and my friends
I see them laugh in my face
But I've got the power, and I've got the will
I'm not a charity case

I'll take those long nights, impossible odds
Keeping my eye to the keyhole
If it takes all that to be just what I am
I'm gonna be a blue collar man

Make me an offer that I can't refuse
Make me respectable, man
This is my last time in the unemployment line
So like it or not I'll take those

Long nights, impossible odds
Keeping my back to the wall
If it takes all that to be just what I am
I'm gonna be a blue collar man

Keeping my mind on a better life
When happiness is only a heartbeat away
Paradise, can it be all I heard it was
I close my eyes and maybe I'm already there

Pieces of Eight 1978 A&M Studio LP,Cassette, CD
Volume 15
1987 A&M Compilations CD
Greatest Hits 1995 A&M Compilations CD
Arch Allies 2000 CMC Live CD
Extended Versions 2000 BMG Live CD
Rockers 2003 Universal Compilations CD
Chronicles June 21,
Universal Compilations CD
One With Everything 2006 New Door Records Live CD
Best of Styx
Green Series
Apr 29, 2008 Universal Int'l Compilations CD
Legends of Rock July 7,
Universal Compilations CD
The Collection
May 3,
Spectrum Audio UK Compilations CD
Year Single Chart Position
1978 Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) Pop Singles 21
  Year US Chart Position B Side Notes Other
Single 1978 21 Superstars AMP-1005
Single 1978 21 Superstars AMS-7388
Gatefold, Blue Vinyl
Single 1978 21 Superstars K-7275
New Zealand & Australia
Single 1978 21 Aku-Aku Blue Vinyl
Video 1978 21     YouTube
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