Working away from home? This song is for you.
Oil industry workers have experienced more than their share of ups and downs (mostly downs) recently. But they also get support and recognition from some varied and surprising places.
Recently we featured artist and drill rig worker Craig Mann, who uses Photoshop to enhance his black and white photographs of his rig with images of Star Wars characters – hoping to bring some levity to the hard days of his fellow workers.
Another artist has produced a tribute to the men and women working in the northern Alberta oilsands. Canadian R&B recording artist Classified released his song “Work Away” in January. The song has since been steadily gaining popularity. He wrote the song as a tribute to all the people he knows who have headed west to work in the oilfields, particularly those that have to divide time between work and being with their families back home.
Classified penned the song before the downturn hit, but it’s still relatable in the current economic environment. The song begins with oilsands workers saying their names, where they’re from and where they are currently working.
Give it a listen: