lifeblood: songs: factory girl

as i went out walkin'
one fine summer's mornin'
the birds in the branches
they did gaily sing
the lad and the lasses
(oh oh oh oh)
together were sportin'
(oh oh oh)
goin' down to the fact'ry
(oh oh oh oh)
their work to begin

i spied a fair damsel
(oh oh oh oh)
far fairer than any
(oh oh oh)
her cheeks like the red rose
(oh oh oh oh)
that none could excel
(oh oh oh)
her skin like the lily
(oh oh oh oh)
that grows in yon valley
(oh oh oh)
she's my own bonnie annie
(oh oh oh oh)
my factory girl

i stepped did up to her
just thinkin' to view her
but at me she cast
(oh oh oh oh)
a proud look of disdain
(oh oh oh)
sayin' stand off me young man
and do not insult me
for although i am poor
sure i think it no shame

it's not to insult you
(oh oh oh oh)
fair maid i adore thee
(oh oh oh)
ah pray grant me one favor
(oh oh oh oh)
it's where do ya dwell
(oh oh oh)
kind sir forgive me
it's now i must leave you
for i hear the dumb sound
of the factory bell

now love is a thing that
(oh oh oh oh)
does rule every nation
(oh oh oh)
good mornin' kind sir
(oh oh oh oh)
and i hope ya do well
(oh oh oh)
my friends and relations
(oh oh oh oh)
would all frown upon it
(oh oh oh)
(upon it)
besides i'm a hard
workin' factory girl

oh it's true i do love her
but now she won't have me
for her sake i'll wander
(for her sake for her sake)
through valley and dell
(for her sake)
and for her sake i'll wander
(for her sake for her sake)
where no one can find me
(for her sake i'll wander)
i'll die for the sake
of my factory girl

words and music by traditional
as performed with the roches at 1992-12-02: the state theater - new brunswick, new jersey

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