Songs About Work


FOR NEXT LESSON (MONDAY 2nd December) CHOOSE ONE OF THESE SONGS (or any other song about jobs and work that you know or find) AND FIND THE LYRICS. TELL THE CLASS WHAT IT IS ABOUT.

1. Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Sixteen Tons” 
2. Sam Cooke, “Chain Gang” 
3. Bob Dylan, “Maggie’s Farm”
4. Lonnie Donnegan, “My Old Man’s a Dustman” 
5. Glen Campbell, “Wichita Lineman”
6. Loretta Lynn, “One’s on the Way”
7. Rush, “Working Man”
8. Randy Newman, “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)”
9. Johnny Paycheck, “Take This Job and Shove It”
10. The Clash, “Career Opportunities”
11. John Prine, “Fish and Whistle”
12. Dolly Parton, “9 to 5″
13. Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”
14. Utah Phillips, “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum”
15. Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”
16. The Bangles, “Manic Monday”
17. Uncle Tupelo, “Grindstone”
18. Steve Earle, “Telephone Road”
19. Robbie Fulks, “Let’s Kill Saturday Night”
20. Belle and Sebastian, “White Collar Boy” 
21. “Blue Collar Man” Styx
22. “Working for a Living” Huey Lewis and The News
23. “She Works Hard for the Money” Donna Summer  
24. “Workin’ Man Blues” Merle Haggard
25. “This F***ing Job”  Drive-By Truckers
26. “Working for the Man” Roy Orbison
27. “It Sure Was Better Back Then” Steve Forbert 
28. “Dark as a Dungeon,” Merle Travis 
29. “Back on the Chain Gang” The Pretenders
30. “California Cottonfields” Merle Haggard
31.  “Millworker” James Taylor
32.  “Feel Like a Number” Bob Seger’
33.  “Minimum Wage” They Might Be Giants
34.  “Queen of the Supermarket” Bruce Springsteen
35.  “Don’t talk to me about work” Lou Reed
36.  “Hard Workin’ Man” Brooks and Dunn
37.  “Payday” by Boz Scaggs
38.  “Makin’Thunderbirds” Bob Seger
39.  “All Down the Line” Rolling Stones
40. “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho” The Seven Dwarfs!!!

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