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7 1/2 Cents (The Pajama Game)

by Matthew Rousu

The singers discuss the many things they could do by earning 7 ½ cents an hour, a wage that is about 1/100th of the current US minimum wage. A great song to introduce a discussion of labor economics and specifically low-wage jobs and the minimum wage. This song also would be a good introduction to a discussion on saving/investing, as the song discusses what could be done over time by saving one's wages.

7½ Cents

While 7 1/2 cents is not a lot - the singer tries to look at it with a positive attitude.

from The Pajama Game (1957)
Creator: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Matthew Rousu