This Bud’s for You….

02 Sep

Swear Jar

Does this resemble your office?

So it’s Labor Day…the one day a year that America acknowledges and celebrates the working person. That’s right, I didn’t say man, I said person. Considering that women now make up more than half of the workforce throughout the country (particularly the working class), I thought it appropriate to be politically KO-reck.

While our free enterprise system provides the greatest opportunity in the world, to keep our economy running it takes hard work, and lots of it. So, I decided to pay a little tribute to everyone who gets up and does the 9 to 5 every day, every f’n day.

9 to 5
, Taylor Hicks

If you’re making a living doing what you love, more power to you. Appreciate it….you don’t know how good you got it. If you’re making a living doing what you have to do so that others can be happy or having to quell your dreams to provide for your family, well…’re what Labor Day is all about.

One of the time honored traditions is music at work or working by music. As for the music of work, there are many songs about work and getting out of it, for that matter. For your Labor Day listening pleasure, here are some oldies but goodies:

Workin’ in a Coal Mine, Lee Dorsey

We’ve Got to Get Out of this Place, The Animals

Blue Monday,
Fats Domino

Chain Gang, Sam Cooke

Five O’Clock World, The Vogues

….and a few of the country persuasion:

16 Tons, Johnny Cash

Workin’ Man Blues, Merle Haggard

Five O’Clock Somewhere, Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

…..and just some good old, bread and butter pop & rock:

Workin’ for a Livin’, Huey Lewis & The News

  Work to Do, Isley Brothers

Working Class Hero, John Lennon

Working for the Weekend, Loverboy

I’ve Been Workin’ So Hard, Van Morrison

She Works Hard for the Money, Donna Summer

Another Day, Paul McCartney

Takin’ Care of Business, BTO

Workin’ My Way Back to You, The Spinners

While not a song about work, per se, just didn’t seem right to leave out Men at Work:

Who Can it be now?, Men at Work

Enjoy the day, folks, for tomorrow it’s back to the old grindstone.


Posted by on September 2, 2007 in holidays, Labor Day, work


8 responses to “This Bud’s for You….

  1. manders!

    September 2, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    ROFLMAO remembering the Bud commercial! We do have one of those in the office. The secretary however cannot spell and doesn’t realize that when you type in CAPS LOCK in MS Word it won’t hold your hand and fix your issues. Therefore, our cussing jar says “CUSSING JAR – $1.00 PENILTY

    The other vids are workin’ it for me, too! Have a great holiday… especially all those working today getting time and a half!

    I miss you D. Hugs!

  2. music maven

    September 3, 2007 at 7:51 am

    The Divine Ms. M! Good to see you! Perhaps you should put up a spelling jar in your office.

  3. Colette

    September 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Another classic: “Take This Job and Shove It,” sung by “outlaw” country guy David Coe:

    and, of course, “Maggie’s Farm”, from Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder” days in the 1970s (“I got a head full of ideas that are driving me insane…”)

    We sang a lot of these songs on the picketline during a strike at my workplace some years ago….

  4. Colette

    September 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    by the way — great Labor Day topic, MM!

  5. shrewspeaks

    September 4, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Ahhhh…what a great collection! Must we go back to work? And how come there aren’t many “Lady of Leisure” songs.

    PS- THANK GOD there are no spelling jars in this world.

  6. music maven

    September 4, 2007 at 7:13 am

    I was gonna comment on yer mad spellin’ skillz, Shrew, but thought I’d spare you.

    Colette, you lil’ hippy you…btw, “Take this job” was actually sung by Johnny Paycheck. Written by DAC, but made famous by Johnny Paycheck.

    I happen to be a Country Music savant.

  7. jenfera

    September 4, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I’d like to contribute another Huey Lewis song to the them, which is extra appropriate for the long weekend. Sorry I’m late! All I want is a couple days off…

  8. Colette

    September 4, 2007 at 11:19 am

    The strike was long after my “Hippie Chick” days, but Dylan is forever….

    I like David Allan Coe’s version better than Johnny P. because Coe is so amazing to look at. Scary, scary dude, and love those glam silver disco boots!


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