“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)
- Tea for Two
- School Days
- Don’t Fence Me In
- Nice Work if You Can Get It
- I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad
- Working 9 to 5
- Thank God I’m a Country Boy
- Whistle While You Work
- 16 Tons
- It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night
- Wichita Lineman
- Hard Times Come Again No More
- Piano Man
- Banana Boat Song
- What job does this song describe? Have you known anyone in that line of work?
- Does the song make you think the person liked their job? Why or why not?
- 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?