Labor Day (Music for Mondays)

It’s Labor Day here in the U.S.A., a federal holiday where we commemorate the joys of working by giving ourselves the day off. There is lots of history backing up the  establishment of this holiday and you can read all about it somewhere else.

Here at YIM Catholic, though, we’re just glad to be off today. While we are at it though, lets remember our brethren who are unemployed in this recessionary economy, both here and abroad. If you know anyone looking for work, say a prayer for them and be a part of their network.

Enjoy your last day off before school starts because summer is over, and fall is here. Can you feel the crispness in the air? Now,  let’s see if I can get your toes a tappin’ to some honest to goodness songs about working. Stand by for an eclectic mix.

The Vogues, Five O’Clock World. Anyone remember this one? Uh-huh, I thought so. Show of hands, who works only 40 hours a week? Maybe we should work on that because on your death bed it’s doubtful that you will have wished you had spent more time at the office.

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Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass, Work Song. Ah, manufacturing jobs. We could use some more of those right about now. Making trumpets and album covers. Remember album covers?!

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Amy Adams, from the motion picture Enchanted, Happy Working Song. Hey, there is always work to be done. How about the laborers who call home the workplace? Let’s celebrate their day off too! Sing it, Giselle.

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Dolly Parton, 9 to 5. Good hours, if you can get them. This song is from the 1981 movie that starred Dolly, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dabney Coleman.

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Merle Haggard, Working Man Blues. I wish everyone could have these kind of blues nowadays. How about enjoying this song, and then saying a little prayer for full employment.

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Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Salt of the Earth. Hat tip to Deacon Greg Kandra for sharing this one on his blog. The Glimmer Twins praise us salt of the earth types.

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Huey Lewis & the News, Working For A Living. From their hit album Sports! A great little anthem, for those of us blessed to be employed. Huey can wail on that Marine Band harmonica, huh?!

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  • Sandy

    For those doing mining, blasting, and railroad work… prayers to all on this Labor Day.

  • Laura R.

    I did enjoy "Five O'Clock World" — it's been a long time since I've heard that one — thanks!Prayers indeed for those who work and those who need a job.