I'll be working
From sun up to midnight
When Michael Jackson sang about being "so tired, tired now" you know that he meant it in a way we could never understand. Sure he directed his lyrics and energy in "Workin' Day and Night" toward an unnamed lover, but he was also clearly singing to his fans. And how exactly did he present his exhaustion? With one of the highest energy dance tracks from Off The Wall.
From its opening moments, Michael injects the song with as much frenetic energy as possible through vocal ticks and double-timed percussive elements. And the anxious and infectious beat pounds on, unrelentingly, for the next three minutes. "Workin' Day and Night" encapsulates those moments when you are completely exhausted but incapable of stopping. In fact, this is Michael's second-wind. His first truly independent venture as an artist after a grueling adolescence of performance and fame.
He wanted us to keep up. And it was nearly impossible to resist.
Entering fully into the prime of his creativity, Michael made bold decisions on "Workin' Day and Night," which he penned himself. The undeniable tap of disco, the horn blasts chased by his own adlibs, the unsung bass-lick in the middle, all of it is exhilarating. He was bent on carving his own niche, working out some of his trademark sounds and exploring the reaches of his large, beautiful and grown voice.
That said, this song is funky. Play this song and try not to dance. "Workin' Day and Night" has all of the jitteriness of a caffeine buzz on two hours sleep and all of the punch of disco-pop feverishness to this day, nearly 31 years after its release.
Michael Jackson: "Workin' Day and Night"