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Country Music - February 28, 2014

Q: What's the name of the 1980s country song with these lyrics: "Hello, Kansas wheat field farmer; let me thank you for your time"? Also, who sings this hit song?

KS-Wheat-Field-Farmer Flickr One-Day-CloserThe Alabama song "Forty Hour Week (for a Livin')" salutes the nation's working men and women, especially the blue-collar workers, who are the backbone of the great American workforce. (Flickr Photo by One Day Closer)


A: "Forty Hour Week (for a Livin')" / Alabama


Alabama-Band"40 Hour Week (for a Livin')" is the title of a song written by Dave Loggins, Don Schlitz and Lisa Silver and recorded by the country band Alabama. It was released in 1985 as the second single and title track from the band's album, which is also called “40 Hour Week.” The song is a tribute to the nation’s working men and women, including Kansas wheat field farmers! It also pays tribute to Detroit auto workers, Pittsburgh steel mill workers, West Virginia coal miners, cashiers, construction crews, firefighters, mechanics, mailmen, factory employees and police -- basically everyone in America, except the local radio newsman, which is a major oversight and the song's only shortcoming! : - )

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