From My Heart To You
THEY EARNED THE RIGHT
I knew Ket and Knudsen, Zeller, Zeder and Breer
I knew Henry Ford back yonder as a lightplant engineer
I'm a knew-'em-when companion who frequently recalls
That none of those big brothers were to proud for overalls
All the Fishers, all the leaders, all the motion pioneers
Worked at molds or lathes or benches at the start of their careers
Chrysler, Keller, Nash, and others whom I could but now won't name
Had no high-falutin' notion ease and softness led to fame
They had work to do and did it. Did it bravely, did it right
never thinking it important that their collars should be white
Never counted hours of labor, never wished their tasks to cease
And for years their two companions were those brothers, dirt and grease
Boy, this verse is fact, not fiction, all the fellows I have named
Worked for years for wages and were never once ashamed
Dirt and grease were their companions, better friends than linen white
Better friends than ease and softness, golf or dancing every night
Now in evening clothes you see them in the nation's banquet halls
But they earned the right to be there, years ago, in overalls
~Author - Edgar A. Guest~
If a task is once begun
Never leave it till it's done
Be the labor great or small
Do it well or not at all!
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