work song


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work song

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

work′ song`


n.
a song sung to the rhythm of physical labor.
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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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.
As Fiona McNeill points out, however, what he finally hears is not a work song but the sophisticated "Come Away Death.
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.
Highlights include Broken Social Scene's version of Mother Mother (originally performed by Kate and Anna) and The Work Song, performed by Justin Vivian Bond, while Emmylou's Darlin' Kate kicks off a tear-jerking four-song finale.
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.
There are the regal "Ashanti Stomp," which pays homage to her Ashanti grandmother; the moving "I Will Not Stand Still," with vocals from Faye Carol, the voice of Harriet Tubman; and the swinging "Ben (Passin' Time)," a work song about her father with vocals from Kenny Washington.
The gospel-based work -- using a few lines from an old prison work song -- becomes an anthem of defiance and faith in the wake of tragedies like Katrina and 9-11 (it's even more affecting live).