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Work Songs

Songs which were sung to help work have a rhythm which underlies both the activity and the song. Usually unaccompanied because why would there be a musician in the workplace?

Sea shanties are probably the best known of work songs, but others were known too from the plantations of the Southern United States to the convicts' chain gangs.

Sometimes, songs protesting about working conditions are called work songs but really these are protest songs or protests disguised as ballads.