Leavin' home for good pay
In the South it probably started with the construction of the large textile mills after the Civil War. Young folks left the familiarity of the homestead for the money and company towns of the mills. The Second World War saw a mass migration of people from the Appalachians to the factories of the Northern cities. Today the residents of small, rural farming communities are watching their young leave the farm for the promise of big money and adventure in the city.
I am one of those that left home for a job in places I never would consider living had it not been for the pay. I have traveled across America in pursuit of my chosen career, and while I have enjoyed the people and cultures I have encountered, I've often longed for a cabin on a mountain stream, far from the sound of a gas flare. As my wife puts it, “They don’t build chemical plants and refineries in nice places.”
I chose these two songs about leaving home for two reasons: First, of course, they suit the theme of today’s topic. Secondly, both songs are from outstanding Canadian artists, and this is the start of the long Canada Day Weekend. Happy Canada Day to all of those folks north of the border that stop in for a ride on the Bus.
Stan Roger’s ”The Idiot” is as close to an anthem for folks in my line of work as you’ll likely find.
Y’all have a good weekend, eh?