It's A Living! A Song Game

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by gb66, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    It seems like a lot of us can't work much anymore, but if we could, what jobs would we be singing about? Let's look for songs about jobs, working , toil, making a living, etc. in the title or lyrics! Have fun looking, and don't work too hard. :) GB
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  2. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    "I've Been Working on the Railroad" A children's song about railroad men.

    "9 to 5" A song about office workers by Dolly Parton.

    "Sixteen Tons" A song about coal miners by Ernie Ford.
  3. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    'Working in the Coal Mine' by Lee Dorsey

    'Takin' Care of Business' by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    'Chain Gang' by Sam Cooke

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  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Another good idea, GB.

    Well, there's the old Disney favorite:
    Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho. It's Off to Work We Go.

    and I'm an Old Cowhand, from the Rio Grand.

    The Monty Python group sang a Lumberjack Song.

    I used to have a recording of Burl Ives singing Dark as a Dungeon Way
    Down in the Mine. Also recorded by Johnny Cash and Merle Travis

    There are lots of railroad songs such as The Wreck of Old 97 recorded way
    back in the 20s by Vernon Dahlart. Vernon was not a train man, he was a
    cowboy. He took his show biz name from two towns in Texas.

    And there's Irving Berlin's hit There's No Business Like Show Business.

    And Ruth Etting's torch song from the 30s Ten Cents A Dance. In
    the 50s Ruth's story was made into a movie titled Love Me or Leave Me
    starring Doris Day. The song was by Rodgers and Hart.

    I've Been Workin' on the Railroad BTW has the same tune as The Eyes of
    Texas are Upon You.

  5. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Great topic!

    I'll take the part about "MAKING A LIVING". Maybe not your USUAL jobs, but ............ :)

    Here we go!

    "I was born in the wagon of a travellin' show
    My mama used to dance for the money they'd throw"

    PIANO MAN, Billy Joel, 1973
    "Sing us a song, you're the piano man
    Sing us a song tonight"

    SECRET AGENT MAN, Johnny Rivers, 1966
    "There's a man who leads a life of danger
    To everyone he meets he stays a stranger
    With every move he makes
    Another chance he takes
    Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow"


    Y'all posted the ones I thought of, like 16 tons, before I got to this thread!!!! LOL LOL LOL

    Great tunes, y'all!

    Hugs, Diane
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hey, Kids!

    Remember the big hit from 1959? El Paso what was writ and sung by Marty Robbins.
    The lyrics mention cowboys and "wicked Faleena", a dancer at Rosa's cantina. Marty
    later wrote 2 songs that are related to El Paso. You can hear them on Youtube, of course.

    Percy French was an Irish songwriter. Among his many songs is one called Phil, The
    Fluter's Ball about a fellow who raised some necessary cash by giving a party and
    passing the hat for contributions.

    Ruth Etting and Doris Day are mentioned above. You can hear them sing Sam, the
    Old Accordion Man on Youtube.

    Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter's big hit, contains the song We Open in Venice about a
    troop of actors. The show won the first Tony awarded to a musical.

    Happy Listening
  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Diane, Rock, Patti, All such good songs. There are more than I thought we'd find.


    "Molly Malone" An Irish folk song about a fish monger.

    "Ole Man River" Song about a stevedore on a showboat from the musical "Showboat"

    "John Henry" Song about a man who worked on railroad tunnels.
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB, We used to sing Molly Malone when I was a kid. Never knew what a
    monger was though. Finally looked it up when I was an adult. It's a peddler.
    Of course it's also used in a different sense as in rumor monger, war monger, etc.

    Well, there was the guy who worked for the circus. The Man on the Flying
    Trepeze. "His actions were graceful," etc.

    And the engineer who drove the train. As it tells us in Life is Like
    a Mountain Railroad: Keep your hand upon the throttle and your eye
    upon the rail.

    And there's the old song about Jesse James. "He robbed the Glendale train."
    That was the Glendale in Missouri, not the one near me. Jesse also robbed
    banks and stagecoaches. He was an equal opportunity bandit. Got some
    people killed too. Nothing heroic about him.

    Although he was shot and killed in 1882, Jesse's older brother Frank was
    still alive when my Dad was young over 30 years later. For 50 cents Frank
    would give you a tour of the family farmhouse.

    Roger Miller wrote and sang Kansas City Star about a fellow who was the
    Western star of a kids' TV show.

    Adios, Pards
  9. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, That word, monger, is a strage sounding word. Peddler sounds better for sure. :)

    I like the songs about unusual types of work too. I guess the James brothers worked really hard, being a bandito could possibly wear a guy out!

    Here's more:

    "Wichita Lineman" A song about, well, a telephone lineman from Wichita! sung by Glen Campbell.

    "Mule Train" A song about a delivery wagon in the old west, drawn by mules. Sung by Frankie Laine.

    "Shrimp Boats" Song about shrimpers. Sung by Jo Stafford and others.

    "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" Civil War song about returning soldiers.

    "Banana Boat Song" Jamaican folk song about dock workers, loading bananas onto boats. Sung by Harry Belafonte.
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  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Good songs, GB. I remember when they were popular. I think Mule
    Train w/ Frankie Laine was a big hit in the 40s when we were little
    kids. When we were teens, Shrimp Boats and the Banana Boat Song
    were heard frequently.

    Wichita Lineman and a bunch of Glen Campbell songs were popular in
    1968, the year I lived in Las Vegas. Haven't been back since I left.
    I hear it's twice as big and greatly changed with emphasis on it being
    a place for a family vacation. And lots of new casinos.

    So long, been good ta know ya. That's the song of a drifter. I don't
    think you can call being a drifter a job. A life style maybe.