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“Work is love made visible.” – Kahlil Gibran

Labor Day is fast approaching. Here are a few work songs to help lead the “labor” conversation.  A few will appeal most to young children and a few to older adults. Most would work well with a mix of ages (an intergenerational group).


  • Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck
  • The Farmer in the Dell
  • Who are the People in Our Neighborhood? (Seasame Street)

Older Adults

  • Tea for Two
  • School Days
  • Don’t Fence Me In
  • Nice Work if You Can Get It


Discussion items:

  1. What job does this song describe? Have you known anyone in that line of work?
  2. Does the song make you think the person liked their job? Why or why not?
  3. What kind of job(s) did you have (or would you like to have)?

What songs would you add to the lists? How do you observe Labor Day?

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