"What is your favorite manufacturing song?"

Posted by scapozzola on 04/23/2011

The staff of the Aliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) are big music fans.  So, we thought we'd end the week by asking AAM's field coordinators "What is your favorite manufacturing song, and why?" 

MEGAN MANJEROVIC, PENNSYLVANIA: "I really like Billy Joel's 'Allentown' and this song is very fitting for my life. The part of the song that I relate to the most is where it says "Every child had a pretty good shot, To get at least as far as their old man got." My dad is 3rd generation blue-collared union worker and my older brother is the first person (making me the 2nd) in our family to go to college. Growing up we were always told that my parents would do anything for us to better ourselves and that parents can only hope their children become more successful than themselves."  [EDITOR'S NOTE: AAM Office Director Lauren Miller chose this as her favorite manufacturing song, too.]

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Manufacturing Songs

Here's one from an era rapidly approaching "bygone": "Hard Workin Man", Music by Jack Nitzsche, Lyrics by Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder and Paul Schrader, Performed by Captain Beefheart. This was in the movie, Blue Collar from 1979.

Of course, if we are in the mood for the tough fight to rebuild US mfg, we need sober reminders like James McMurtry's, "We Can't Make it Here".

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