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work song

n.
A song sung to accompany work, typically having a steady rhythm.
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work′ song`


n.
a song sung to the rhythm of physical labor.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.work song - a usually rhythmical song to accompany repetitious work
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
chantey, chanty, sea chantey, shanty - a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
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References in periodicals archive ?
Works in this category include the Builsa Work Song (1960), Dagarti Work Song (1961), At the Cross Roads (1961), Owora (1961), Volta Fantasy (1961) and Contemplation (1961).
Sing Sweet Nightingale and The Work Song feature in which Disney movie?
A 'sea shanty, chantey or chanty' is a type of work song that was once commonly sung on board sailing vessels.
As it was, the encore ended with the current single Work Song, after a 'Birdland' inflected (not my observation) cover of McCartney's Blackbird.
'work song', a category first defined by the elder Lomax in the 1930s.
Now have I done and as it should be for the nonce, My sweeping and my song are ended both at once (IV.iv.1136-37) This implies that she has been performing a "work song." Real work songs, as Fiona McNeill points out, had "an almost mechanical meter" because they "were not only sung to maintain the pace of manual labor, but to perform a manual labor that required counting.
If you want your music scratchy but uplifting, check out songs such as Work Song - "No grave can hold my body down/ I'll crawl home to her".
Barlow plays the conga during "Shosholoza,'' a traditional South African work song.
In the opening scene, a group of young airmen shovel snow to music from the Claude-Michel Schonberg adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel, singing "Dig down, dig down, raise your shovels high" to the tune of Work Song.
For example, in a work song, what happens if we speed up the tempo, add extra layers and introduce complicated body movements?
By comparison, there has been less attention given to important categories of the American folk tradition such as the work song. This is not to say that scholarship on work and occupational music in the United States has been insignificant--indeed, scholars and others have had much to say, as Ronald Cohen's present volume demonstrates.