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Whether you are a laborer, a foreman or a construction manager, listening to music is always an excellent way to get through the day. Construction songs, like these seven, can provide you with a welcome pick-me-up when you need it most.

Construction Songs we all Love to Sing Along to

1)      “If I Had a Hammer”

Peter Seeger and Lee Hays wrote this classic workingman’s song in 1949 in support of the progressive movement.

If I had a hammer
I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening
All over this land

I’d hammer out danger
I’d hammer out a warning
I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

2)      “Working on the Highway”

“Working in the Highway” was on the classic 1984 Bruce Springsteen album “Born in the U.S.A.”

I work for the county out on ninety five
All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
Someday, mister, I’m gonna lead a better life than this

Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop
Working on the highway, all day long I don’t stop
Working on the highway, blasting through the bedrock
Working on the highway, working on the highway

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3)      “I’m Working on a Building”

This American standard, which has been recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, B.B. King and John Fogerty is a blue collar favorite.

If I was a gambler
I tell you what I’d do
I’d quit my gambling
And I’d work on the building too

I’m a working on building
I’m a working on building
I’m a working on building
For my Lord, for my Lord

4)      “Samson & Delilah”

The Grateful Dead sang many songs in praise of the working man, including this one which any construction laborer could relate to at one time or another.

The chorus goes like this:

If I had my way
If I had my way
If I had my way
I would tear this whole building down

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5)      “Highway (Under Construction)”

The Gorillaz, a more recent rock band, recorded this ode to construction on their debut album.

Well, I’m building a highway back
Back to the heart of things
No love left to walk back
Back to the heart of things

So, I’m building above and back
All our city gone red
When I get it all from you
I’m gonna get it all true, true

6)      “Grandpa was a Carpenter”

John Prine, a country folk singer-songwriter, recorded another one of America’s classic construction songs, which never gets old how many times it’s sung.

Grandpa was a carpenter
He built houses, stores and banks
Chain-smoked Camel cigarettes
And hammered nails in planks
He was level on the level
And shaved even every door
And voted for Eisenhower ’cause Lincoln won the war

7)      “Hard Hat and a Hammer”

Country singer Alan Jackson’s hit was released in 2010. Its lyrics praise blue collar workers for their dedication to the job.

But there’s nothing wrong with a hard hat and a hammer
Kind of glue that sticks this world together
Hands of steel and cradle of the Promised Land
God bless the working man

He gives his life then fades away
Another young man takes his place
Average Joe, average pay
The same ol’ end, and the same old’ day

From Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen, these are our favorite construction songs to sing on the job. Do you have any others you enjoy that we should add to our playlist?

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