The TCCB Story

Randy Bachman of the Winnipeg-based rock band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive recorded Takin’ Care of Business in 1973 and released the song in January 1974. It was believed to be modelled after Elvis Presley’s backup musicians, TCB Band, from 1969 until Elvis’ death in 1977. Elvis adopted “Taking Care of Business in a Flash” as a motto and personal brand in the early 1970’s. Abbreviated to TCB it featured a lightening bolt that was prominently showcased on his airplanes, his entertainment room at Graceland in Memphis and other Elvis merchandise and marketing initiatives.


Canadian, Randy Bachman
 Takin' Care Of Business
Bachman–Turner Overdrive
You get up every morning 
from your alarm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above 
and people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time, 
you can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job 
to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed, 
look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I'll be taking care of business 
(every day)
Taking care of business 
(every way)
I've been taking care of business 
(it's all mine)
Taking care of business 
and working overtime, work out
If it were easy as fishin' 
you could be a musician
If you could make sounds 
loud or mellow
Get a second-hand guitar, 
chances are you'll go far
If you get in with the 
right bunch of fellows
People see you having fun 
just a-lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It's the work that we avoid, 
and we're all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day
And we be taking care of business 
(every day)
Taking care of business 
(every way)
We be been taking care of business 
(it's all mine)
Taking care of business 
and working overtime
Mercy
Whoo
All right
Take good care of my business
When I'm away, every day
Whoo
You get up every morning 
from your alarm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above 
and people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time, 
you can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job 
to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed, 
look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I be taking care of business 
(every day)
Taking care of business 
(every way)
I've been taking care of business 
(it's all mine)
Taking care of business 
and working overtime, take care
Takin' care of business, whoo
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business (every day)
Takin' care of business (every way)
Takin' care of business (it's all mine)
Takin' care of business 
and working overtime, whoo
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
We be takin' care of business
We be takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business

Songwriters: Randy Bachman
Takin' Care Of Business lyrics 
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Modelled after Elvis Presley's TCB Backup Band, Taking Care Of Business.
Taking Care of Canadian Business