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Song of the Week: "A Hard Day's Night," by The Beatles, for resuming night flights over wildfires

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The U.S. Forest Service will resume aerial firefighting after public and political pressure stemming from the Station Fire. As reported by my colleague, Sharon McNary:  

The decision to resume night flights comes in response to complaints from people who lost homes and businesses in the 2009 Station Fire, and ensuing pressure from elected officials. Critics often point to the first night of the fire as a pivotal point in what became a devastating event that, over 51 days, burned more than 160,000 acres, destroyed 89 homes and took the lives of two fire firefighters in the Angeles National Forest. The burn area included Big Tujunga Canyon and mountain areas north of Pasadena to Sierra Madre.

Not that firefighting crews got much sleep on the ground in the first place, but it's certainly true that more people will be awake and working when they've got night flights going. So here's a song about a guy who I imagine works on the night shift: "A Hard Day's Night," by The Beatles. 

Granted, the story is that Ringo just said something a little funny that John Lennon put into a song, and granted, it's as much about what the guy does with his girlfriend when he gets home from work. Counterpoint: that first guitar strum. And hasn't it been too long since you heard this song last? 

It's been a hard day's night
And I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night
I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you
I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright.

Listen to all of the Songs of the Week.

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