Work songs for Labor Day
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It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.
So it makes sense that we would have a national holiday dedicated to work and working people, and an episode of iconic and quirky worky songs.
Some of the hardest workers in show-biz have to be the Seven Dwarfs. These guys were always busy doing something and loved to sing about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aURThUaRjCc
Another mining song, this time it’s coal with Tennessee Ernie Ford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joo90ZWrUkU
One of the most beloved working classics has to be Harry Belafonte and “Day-O”, or “The Banana Boat Song”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AjovHGK-TA
Not to be missed is this rare animation of Stan Freberg’s 1957 parody of “Day-O”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PBO7YE7vjE