Österreichisches VolksLiedWerk
Volksmusikland Österreich

Work songs describe professions, their working environment and their status in society. They proudly relate the importance of a profession, poke fun at it, or complain of adversity and poverty. The latter can even go so far as to referring to revolution.

The rise of industrialisation gave birth to songs that protest against the use of machines. In many cases, work songs actually refer to love using work activities as a metaphor for erotic innuendo.

On top of this there are songs that coordinate joint work by virtue of their rhythm. Some trades used calls or calling songs to communicate with each other across a distance or to praise something.