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work song

a folk song sung by workers, with a rhythm like that of their work.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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work song

any song that belongs to either of two broad categories: songs used as a rhythmic accompaniment to a task and songs used to make a statement about work. Used by workers of innumerable occupations worldwide, work songs range from the simple hum of a solitary labourer to politically and socially conscious protests against working conditions or the quality of workers' lives.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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