Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Songs of the Workers: The Farmer

Many years ago my good friend Jim Bob had a dream of a little farm on his native Sand Mountain in north Alabama. Jim Bob and I worked together on a few jobs in Alabama, Louisiana, Indiana, and Georgia, and after half a dozen years on the road, he announced that he was settling down to live his dream. When asked how he could leave the big money and fast times for life on the farm, Jim Bob’s reply was “On the farm I have to work long, hard hours... twice a year.”

Fiddlin' John Carson - The Farmer Is The Man That Feeds Them All.mp3

Buster Carter & Preston Young - A Lazy Farmer Boy.mp3

Stan Rogers - The Field Behind the Plow.mp3
from northwest Passage. No music collection is complete without the music of Stan Rogers. Visit


Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

The farmers 'round here have been busying themselves as best they can between spring storms. A couple weeks back three women died and many more were critically injured being driven to a day of greenhouse work in a van stripped of its seatbelts and driven by someone unqualified to drive the sixteen she shared the van with. Farm work is often just as tragic as Hardy's Tess' was two centuries before the wicked one just under way.

Good to hear old Stan. His voice reminded me of drinking warm cow's milk on a cold Alberta morning before I switched to the beer.

March 21, 2007 11:00 PM  
Anonymous john said...

I just found this list from MSN Money:

The 10 most dangerous jobs
Occupation Fatalities per 100,000
Timber cutters 117.8
Fishers 71.1
Pilots and navigators 69.8
Structural metal workers 58.2
Drivers-sales workers 37.9
Roofers 37
Electrical power installers 32.5
Farm occupations 28
Construction laborers 27.7
Truck drivers 25
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; survey of occupations with minimum 30 fatalities and 45,000 workers in 2002

It doesn't seem to mention "Retired Guy" in the top ten but I feel my wife may boost the rating up a bit if I don't get off this computer and get back to something she considers "worthwhile".
The mop and the kitchen floor beckon,,,,,

March 22, 2007 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a relative who lost an arm to farm machinery. He took it well because he had a good strong son to help him work the land. Then, the son died of leukemia. His despair over the losses and being unable to work the farm sent him to the barn with his shotgun.

There are few loves as strong as that between a farmer and his land.

March 22, 2007 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Yeah, some Stan Rogers!! Thanks Ed.

I've gotta agree with you there, anonymous, and I'm sorry for your loss. I love our farm and wouldn't trade it for the world. It's a small farm with 10 chickens and anywhere from 12 to 18 head of cattle (all of which are named), and our long days of hard work come more often than twice a year; there always seems to be something to build, fix, or feed.

March 23, 2007 11:50 AM  

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