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Hey, Wal-Mart: These Are American Workers' Songs

Dolly Parton/9 To 5

Know what Working Man doesn't address? The 27.1% of the manufacturing workforce that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is made up of women. Who better to represent that more than a quarter of the workforce than one of the hardest working women in the U.S.

A singer, songwriter, actress, comedienne, businesswoman, theme-park owner and all-around U.S. icon, Parton doesn't get nearly enough credit for this song that captures the post-recession working mentality better than a nearly 35-year-old song should. It's a bit fatalist, but it captures the powerlessness of workers who've rarely felt in control of their destiny in recent years.

Workin' 9 to 5

They got you where they want you

There's a better life

And you think about it, don't you

It's a rich man's game

No matter what they call it

And you spend your life

Puttin' money in his wallet

When a company that spent much of the go-go 2000s and the ensuing recession lining its pockets suddenly wants to boost manufacturing out of the kindness of its heart, maybe it takes someone like Dolly to ask what's in it for Wal-Mart -- and not in it for workers.

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