"40 Hour Week" as written by David Loggins, Don Schlitz and Lisa Miriam Silver....
There are people in this country who work hard every day
Not for fame or fortune do they strive
But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay
And it's time a few of them were recognized

Hello Detroit auto workers, let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin', just to send it on down the line
Hello Pittsburgh steel mill workers, let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin', just to send it on down the line

This is for the one who swings the hammer, driving home the nail
Or the one behind the counter, ringing up the sale
Or the one who fights the fires, the one who brings the mail
For everyone who works behind the scenes

You can see them every morning in the factories and the fields
In the city streets and the quiet country towns
Working together like spokes inside a wheel
They keep this country turning around

Hello Kansas wheat field farmer, let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin', just to send it on down the line
Hello West Virginia coal miner, let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin', just to send it on down the line

This is for the one who drives the big rig, up and down the road
Or the one out in the warehouse, bringing in the load
Or the waitress, the mechanic, the policeman on patrol
For everyone who works behind the scenes

With a spirit you can't replace with no machine
Hello America let me thank you for your time


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"40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" as written by Don Schlitz David Loggins

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    General CommentThis song is a "thank you" to all of the hardworking blue collar people who are extremely underappreciated in our country today. A basic song that just happens to be fabulous.
    voodoochildeon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentvoodoochilde could not have given a better post. I agree completely. Fantastic song.
    saawanjon June 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere is a video on youtube that a guy from Ford Motor company in St. Louis did, using this song as the background music. I highly suggest checking it out. Also, there was division in the armed forces from Iraq that did a slideshow to this song. It will make you cry. Regardless, this song always makes me cry, proud tears because I am an american.
    Brunicason January 14, 2009   Link

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