Millions of Americans are enjoying a hard-earned day off this Labor Day. This includes some of country music’s biggest names. For instance, Alan Jackson posted about the holiday on Twitter today. However, his post isn’t all about grilling, drinking beer, and floating down the Chattahoochee. Instead, AJ is getting down to the true nature of the holiday.
Labor Day isn’t just a day off of work. The holiday celebrates the efforts and achievements of the American worker. After all, every step forward we take as a society has thousands of laborers behind the scenes helping to push it along. Congress recognized the holiday for the first time in the late 1800s, according to the US Department of Labor. Today, Alan Jackson is saluting those who help keep this country moving. Check out his Labor Day post below.
As usual, Alan Jackson keeps the caption short, sweet, and to the point. “Happy Labor Day to all you hard-working men and women,” he wrote before adding a couple of emojis for good measure. The real star of the post, however, is the short video clip that AJ included. It’s a snippet from the video for “Hard Hat and a Hammer,” from his 2010 album Freight Train.
Alan Jackson’s Labor Day Song Hits Hard
We often get so caught up in the trappings of our holidays that we forget their true meaning. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, or whatever else, it happens. There’s no shame in it. However, it is important to know why we’re celebrating when we do.
“Hard Hat and a Hammer,” should be the anthem of Labor Day weekend. The song and the holiday have the same goal: celebrating hard-working Americans.
Alan Jackson isn’t just celebrating the country’s labor force in “Hard Hat and a Hammer.” Instead, he talks about the hard work that goes into keeping this big old ship afloat. Not only that, his lyrics infuse pride and dignity into a class of people who are so often overlooked, or worse, looked down upon. Jackson really nails this concept down in two lines of the second verse. “Behind the scene, below the grade / Hardly noticed, but part of everything.”
The chorus of the song really dives into the importance of the American workforce.
“But there’s nothing wrong with a hard hat and a hammer. / Kind of glue that sticks this world together / Hands of steel and cradle of the Promised Land / God bless the working man.”
So lay down your hammers and hang up your hard hats for the day, fellow Outsiders. Take a day to relax and appreciate the work you do for your family and our country. You’ve earned it many times over.