'Hi-Ho' and other songs that lead the way on Labor Day

Sep 1, 2011

It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

So it makes sense that we would have a national holiday dedicated to work and working people, and an episode of iconic and quirky worky songs.

Some of the hardest workers in show-biz have to be the Seven Dwarfs. These guys were always busy doing something and loved to sing about it: 

Another mining song, this time it’s coal with Tennessee Ernie Ford

One of the most beloved working classics has to be Harry Belafonte and “Day-O”, or “The Banana Boat Song”:

Not to be missed is this rare animation of Stan Freberg’s 1957 parody of “Day-O”: