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An unofficial furlough anthem


(John Moore/Getty Images) Air Interdiction Agent Will Brazelton from U.S. Office of Air and Marine reads over sequestration furlough documents before starting his shift piloting Predator drone surveillance flights near the Mexican border on March 7. (John Moore/Getty Images)

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. With that in mind, we wanted to share this humorous furlough song with our readers, many of whom are surely among the growing number of federal employees facing unpaid leave under the government-wide spending cuts that took effect March 1.

The tune, which borrows from the tally-me-banana song “Day-O,” is called “Furlough Friday.” It comes from Aloha State comedian Frank DeLima, who wrote the parody to make light of Hawaii public school furloughs that took place in 2009 because of state budget problems.

Granted, the current sequester didn’t inspire this song, but most of the themes are similar. “Furlough Friday” captures the frustration that federal workers — and perhaps Americans in general — are feeling toward Congress and the White House over their failure to negotiate a deal.

Here are a few sample lines:

“Day, miss a day, miss a week, miss a month, we goin’ all fall behind.

Friday come and we gotta stay home.”


“Its one day, five days, ten days off.

Friday come and we gotta stay home.”


“Come, everybody, please start negotiation.

Friday come and we gotta stay home.”

The song seems to be making the rounds with the federal workforce to some extent. Customs and Border Protection employees working in Texas reportedly played the song over their PA systems after receiving furlough notices last week. Nothing like a bit of gallows humor.


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