While not technically about the oil sands, I always get a good feeling listening to Corb Lund’s “Roughest Neck Around” – I feel as though the line “giving power to the people” is pretty much what this town is about. Our slogan is afterall “Fort McMurray, we have the energy”.
My favourite verse in the song revolves around how Corb runs quickly through the “filthy, frozen coveralls on” portion:
“Well, his mind’s a little tired but his back is plenty strongGot his green kings and filthy, frozen coveralls onAnd he’s drilling by the inch and he’s hauling on the winchTakin’ fuel from the tanks on his short change shiftYou’d better hire him on, he’s the roughest neck aroundHe got the power in his hands to pull the dragons from the ground”
And here’s the video for the song – enjoy!