work song


Definition of work song

: a song sung in rhythm with work

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Recent Examples on the Web Evans rose to viral fame earlier this month after posting TikTok videos performing traditional sea shanties -- the type of work song originally sung by sailors on large merchant ships. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Sea Shanty TikTok Singer Nathan Evans Reels in Polydor Record Deal," 22 Jan. 2021 Sea Music Festival The 39th annual Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport features four days of workshops, concerts, a children’s stage with special performances and demonstrations of maritime work songs – or chanteys – aboard historic vessels. Hartford Courant,, "Things To Do This Week," 4 June 2018 That style — with its shout-along refrains — has always been heavily percussive, with a touch of hip-hop in the rhythms of Reynolds’ phrasing, and even the suggestion of 21st-century work songs in the stomp of the music. John Adamian,, "Imagine Dragons Coming To Xfinity Theater," 26 May 2018 Pappas and Pat LaGuardia brought working song projects to the full band. Anne Nickoloff,, "Hear Cleveland alt-rock band Mr. Carnivore's new song 'Knees'," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of work song

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Work song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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