Well-Paid Profession

Well-Paid Profession

What Led Zeppelin might have written if the stairway led to cleanly-written, easily-maintained apps, rather than heaven.

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"Stairway To Heaven"

There's a lady who's sure

All that glitters is gold

And she's buying a stairway to heaven

When she gets there she knows

If the stores are all closed

With a word she can get what she came for


Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

And she's buying a stairway to heaven


There's a sign on the wall

But she wants to be sure

'Cause you know, sometimes words have two meanings

In a tree by the brook

There's a songbird who sings

Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven


Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it makes me wonder


There's a feeling I get

When I look to the west

And my spirit is crying for leaving

In my thoughts I have seen

Rings of smoke through the trees

And the voices of those who stand looking


Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it really makes me wonder


And it's whispered that soon

If we all call the tune

Then the piper will lead us to reason

And a new day will dawn

For those who stand long

And the forests will echo with laughter


Oh whoa-whoa-whoa, oh-oh


If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now

It's just a spring clean for the May Queen

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run

And there's still time to change the road you're on


And it makes me wonder

Oh, whoa


Your head is humming and it won't go

In case you don't know

The piper's calling you to join him

Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow?

And did you know

Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?


And as we wind on down the road

Our shadows taller than our soul

There walks a lady we all know

Who shines white light and wants to show

How everything still turns to gold

And if you listen very hard

The tune will come to you at last

When all are one and one is all, yeah

To be a rock and not to roll

And she's buying a stairway to heaven

Written By: Led Zeppelin, 1971

"Well-Paid Profession"

There’s a junior who’s sure, 

His app will run in Chrome

And he’s learning a well-paid profession…

The commit logs will show, 

All the flaws in his code,

And the client won’t get what they paid for…


Ooh ooh ooh, new CPU

And he’s learning a well-paid profession


There's a task on the board,

We’ll accept it, he swore,

And you know how we hate extra meetings

At a desk, on a screen

There's a tech lead who pings

'Till the technical debt is forgiven


And it makes him blunder...

And it makes him blunder...


Some new framework, obsessed

Some new risk, unexpressed,

With a codebase unfit for maintaining,

When tests fail, call the team

Check the logs, chug caffeine

For the crashing of apps and complaining


Ooh it makes him blunder

Ooh it really makes him blunder


He’s a well-off buffoon,

Giant screens in his room,

Thinks that Microsoft Office is treason

Slightly pale, still withdrawn,

The world he’s foregone

Wears a hoodie, regardless of season


Oh, still no app to show…


If west-coast venture funds are dwindling in a recession,

It’s just the culling of the mainstream!

The coders scatter for remote roles, but in the long run,

Market salaries equilibrate… 


And it makes them plunder

Oh whoa


He finds a TPM to shadow 

To help his skills grow

He learns which managers will sink him..

Finds simple syntax for the road show

Preps a demo

Ships MVPs that stay slick and trim! 


And now AI composes code, 

Copilot threatens to patrol,

To find which stacks will overflow

And adds new packages to node,

But will the substitute be slowed?

‘Cause building products still is hard…

When human devs are all surpassed,

With only sev’rance to console, yeah

You’ll have some stock, but not a role!

And they’re learning a well-paid profession

Written By: "Weird Ev" Coopersmith & Flavio Kicis

"Stairway To Heaven"

There's a lady who's sure

All that glitters is gold

And she's buying a stairway to heaven

When she gets there she knows

If the stores are all closed

With a word she can get what she came for


Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

And she's buying a stairway to heaven


There's a sign on the wall

But she wants to be sure

'Cause you know, sometimes words have two meanings

In a tree by the brook

There's a songbird who sings

Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven


Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it makes me wonder


There's a feeling I get

When I look to the west

And my spirit is crying for leaving

In my thoughts I have seen

Rings of smoke through the trees

And the voices of those who stand looking


Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it really makes me wonder


And it's whispered that soon

If we all call the tune

Then the piper will lead us to reason

And a new day will dawn

For those who stand long

And the forests will echo with laughter


Oh whoa-whoa-whoa, oh-oh


If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now

It's just a spring clean for the May Queen

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run

And there's still time to change the road you're on


And it makes me wonder

Oh, whoa


Your head is humming and it won't go

In case you don't know

The piper's calling you to join him

Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow?

And did you know

Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?


And as we wind on down the road

Our shadows taller than our soul

There walks a lady we all know

Who shines white light and wants to show

How everything still turns to gold

And if you listen very hard

The tune will come to you at last

When all are one and one is all, yeah

To be a rock and not to roll

And she's buying a stairway to heaven

Written By: Led Zeppelin, 1971

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