Song of the Locomotive Engineer — from Railroad Workers Bulletin #3

Song of the Locomotive Engineer — from Railroad Workers Bulletin #3

Part Six in a series of translations from the independent workers’ newsletter Railroad Workers Bulletin (铁路工人通). For background see the “Prologue” to issue #1, “Tales of Rights Defense“, “Farewell, Director!“, “Guiyang’s Casualized Train Attendants Fight Back” and “Why Workers Are Dissatisfied.” Below is a translation of “The Locomotive Engineer’s Song” (火车司机之歌from issue #3 (February 2016), available here: 铁路工人通讯第3期.1 Listen to an audio recording of someone singing the song here:

 

(Reposted from LaborPoetry.com – check out other songs there as well.)


 

Song lyrics & tune by “the First of May,” based on the anonymous poem “The Struggle is Real for Locomotive Engineers” (当火车司机的你们伤不起啊!)2 shared on Chinese railroader forums since 2011. 

 

The wheels of the train don’t stop turning

Doesn’t matter if it’s night or day, when the boss calls, you gotta go to work3

My biological clock has been fucked up for hella days

My insides are totally out of whack

 

I spend so much time on the train

And such little time at home

Will there ever be a month without illegal overtime?

Labor law, you’re fucking useless

 

Refrain:

Fuck, the boss is calling!

Fuck, the train is moving!

 

During New Year you watch the Spring Festival Gala

I’m stuck here staring at train signal lights

You guys brush your teeth and go to bed

I’m awake struggling with all my might

 

Don’t have time for my family

If my parents get sick, who’ll take care of them?

My wife is home alone, too bad

I can’t even help my kids with their homework

 

Refrain

 

Your social circle’s getting smaller and smaller

You don’t have time to play cards

You can’t drink because you’re afraid

Of the breathalyzer test

 

You wanna to go hiking but you’re too tired

Someone comes to you for help but you’re useless

Fucking legal holidays

Have nothing to do with me…

 

Refrain

 

Every day in a high voltage magnetic field

The “experts” say don’t fucking worry about it

Vibration, noise, shot eyesight

I can’t handle this anymore

 

Now I lose my breath just climbing the stairs home

Exhausted from the train, I just eat and fall asleep

A weak heart and high blood pressure

Hard men go but don’t come back

 

Refrain

 

Before I could piss ten meters high into the wind

Now I just piss all over my shoes

Every day with a sallow, sunken face

Every day black bags under my eyes

 

I’m just a tool for making money

But I can’t ever make enough for myself

You think I’m a highly-skilled blue-collar worker?

I can’t even get paid in full

 

Refrain

 

Test A, Test B, Test C, Test D

It’s hard to survive in a world without justice

Luckily their English sucks

They haven’t made tests X, Y and Z yet!

 

Grey days, endless nights,

Those guys who take our wages, where are they?

Smoking and drinking tea in the office

They watch you on video surveillance and garnish your wages!

 

Refrain

 

You wanna treat me like a kindergartner?

Bosses test us every day

Dealing with breakdowns, irregular driving,

Rules, regulations, organizational procedures, freight regulations, safety regulations — it’s too much!

 

But what scares me the most are the bosses’ rules

Every day the bosses make their own rules

They don’t do anything all day but bust our balls

You think I’m some kind of Ninja Turtle?

 

Refrain

 

The wheels on the train don’t stop turning

It’s so stressful

Running the train isn’t a job fit for humans

Oh well, fuck it, I don’t want to talk about it anymore…

 

Refrain


火车司机之歌

 

曲:伍壹

词:据网上流传的《当火车司机的你们伤不起啊!》改编。

  作者不详,最早似发表于2011年2月9日。

火车轮子不停转啊,
不分昼夜,叫班就走。
哥的生物钟早塔玛乱啦!
哥的内分泌早已失调啦!

跑车时间多么长,
在家休息时间多么短。
哪个月没有超劳啊?
劳动法你算个屁呀!

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

春节你们看春晚,
哥在这里看信号啊。
你们洗刷去睡觉,
哥还在这拼命熬啊!

家里的事没时间管,
爸妈身体不好谁来陪?
媳妇独守空房没办法,
小孩辅导功课指望不上啊!

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

社交圈越来越小,
找你打牌你没时间,
找你喝酒你怕出勤
吹响那个验酒仪啊。

找你爬山你没劲儿,
找你办事你没用。
尼玛法定节假日
跟我有个蛋关系啊。

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

天天高压电磁场,
砖家他说了没屌事儿。
振动噪声视力疲劳,
哥受不了这磨炼哪!

爬到三楼直喘气,
跑车太累,吃了就睡。
三高、心肌缺血、脂肪肝
猛男一去不复返。

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

昔日顶风尿三丈,
今日顺风湿了鞋,
天天一张蜡黄脸,
天天一对黑眼圈儿啊。

哥就是一挣钱工具,
可挣挣挣也挣的不够啊!
你当我是高级蓝领吗?
每个月的钱总拿不全啊。

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

考核A类B类C类D类,
防不胜防暗无天日啊!
多亏他们英语烂哪,
没把哥搞到XY Z啊!

天苍苍,野茫茫,
扣钱的人蹲在哪啊?
抽烟喝茶在办公室
也能看着监控把你扣啊!

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

你当我是小学生吗?
领导天天要考试。
故障处理、非正常行车、
事、技、行、运、安规不能少。

哥最怕的还是领规啊,
领导的规定天天有。
他闲得蛋疼尽整这些,
你当哥是忍者神龟吗?

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

火车轮子不停转啊,
哥表示鸭梨很大很大。
总之火车司机不是人干的活,
欧了,不说了,不说了……

麻痹,叫班了!
麻痹,出库了!

 

原作:《当火车司机的你们伤不起啊!!!!!》

火车头 luyong3002

收藏 2012-10-5 15:59

 

老子自从当了火车司机啊!!!
于是踏上了尼玛不归路啊!!!!!!!!!!
谁跟老子讲火车司机是高级蓝领啊!!!!!!
高级尼玛啊!!!!!!!
尼玛火车司机你们伤不起!!!!!
伤了个伤不起啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

火车轮子不停转啊!!!
节奏很快有木有!!!!
在家休息时间很短,跑车时间很长有木有!!!!
不分昼夜,寒暑雨雾,叫班就走,生物钟早塔玛乱了有木有!!!
有木有啊!!!
有木有!!!!

每月都会超劳啊!!!!!
劳动法还有木有!!!
176月总工时的规定还有木有!!!!!
火车司机你伤不起啊!!!
伤不起啊!!!!!!!!!!

亚亚健康你有木有!!!
有木有啊!!!!
爬楼超过三我就直喘气啊!!!!!!!!!
三高、心肌缺血加脂肪肝你有木有啊!!!!!
跑车太累,吃了就睡你有木有啊!!!!
内分泌早塔玛失调啊!!!!
天天黑眼圈你以为哥烟熏妆啊!!!!
天天蜡黄脸你以为哥纵欲过度啊!!!
风萧萧兮易水寒,猛男一去兮不复返啊!!!!
六味你当饭吃,劲酒你成件喝也回不来啊!!!!
你有木有啊!!!!
昔日顶风尿三丈,今日顺风湿了鞋,你有木有啊!!!!!
有木有!!!
火车司机你伤不起啊!!!!
伤不起啊!!!!!!!!

日本核辐射你算个P啊!!!
老子天天在高压电磁场你有木有啊!!!
砖家说了没吊事,你丫自个上来试试啊!!!!!
老子不懂科学还不会百度啊!!!
振动噪声你有木有!!
听力下降你有木有啊!!!!
视力疲劳下降你有木有啊!!!
哥不是金刚葫芦娃啊!!!!
受不了这磨炼啊!!!!
火车司机你伤不起啊!!!
伤不起!!!!!!!!!!!

火车司机的社交圈越来越小啊!!!!
找你打牌你没时间啊!!!!
找你喝酒你怕出勤吹响验酒仪啊!!!!
找你爬山户外你没有劲儿啊!!!!
找你办事你没有用啊!!!!
尼玛你说还找你干嘛啊!!!
火车司机你伤不起啊!!!!!
伤不起!!!!

尼玛法定节假日跟我有蛋关系啊!!!
春节你们看春晚,哥在看信号啊!!!!
你们在睡觉,哥在拼命熬啊!!!!!!!!!!!
家里的事也没时间管啊!!!!!
老爸老妈身体不好没时间陪啊!!!!
媳妇独守空房没办法啊!!!!
小孩辅导功课也指望不住啊!!!!!
尼玛就是一挣钱工具有木有啊!!!!
可可可挣的也不够啊!!!
老子公寓不远处是洗浴中心啊!!!!
哥天快亮了下班,失足妇女也下班啊!!!!
丫失足妇女一个东莞ISO标准90分钟挣的钱啊!!!!
尼玛顶上哥干满一个出勤退勤标准乘务作业900分钟还多一倍啊!!!!!
丫失足失的钱程远大,哥失足失的暗无天日啊!!!!!!!!!

哥失足一次的钱还不一定拿全啊!!!!
考核分塔玛ABCD类啊!!!幸亏他们文化不高啊!!!
要不还不得EFG…..直到Z啊!!!!!!!!!!!!
天苍苍野茫茫,你不知道他们蹲哪啊!!!!!!
就是在办公室里抽烟喝茶也能看着监控分析把你的钱来扣啊!!!!
火车司机你伤不起啊!!!!!!!!

领导把你当成小学生来管理啊!!!!
天天要考试啊!!!!!!
故障处理、非正常行车、事、技、行、运、安等等规一个都不能少啊!!!!
最怕还是领规啊!!!!
领导的规定天天有啊!!!!!
你以为哥是忍者神龟啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
以下省略三万字有木有、有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
总之火车司机不是人干的活啊!!!!
哥表示鸭梨很大啊!!!!
火车司机你伤不起啊!!!!!
最后向所有火车司机的家属表示感谢啊!!!!!
理解万岁!!万岁!!!万万岁啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

欧了,不说了!!!!!
麻痹叫班了!!!!!!
麻痹出库了!!!!!!


Translators’ notes

  1. Scroll down for original Chinese lyrics.
  2. The Chinese title refers to a sort of meme where the term “you can’t hurt me” (你们伤不起) is attached to some frustrating situation, implying that others can’t imagine the hardship one has endured, or that one is on the verge of going crazy.
  3.  As a freight locomotive engineer you can expect to receive 12 hours’ notice for a shift.

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