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THE Factory Girl's Song. Come all you weary Factory girls, I'll have you understand, I'm going to leave the Factory And return to my native land. No more I'll have these tolling bells, To call me from my bed: No more I'll hear those passing drums As they roll o'er my head. No more I'll put my bonnet on And hasten to the mill, While all the girls are working hard, Here I'll be lying still. No more I'll lay my bobins up, No more I'll take them down: No more I'll clean my dirty work, For I'm going out of town. No more I'll take my piece of soap, No more I'll go to wash, No more my Overseer shall say "Your frames are stopped to doff." No more my Overseer shall say, "Your ends they are all down, While you're in the middle of the room, Acting out the clown!" Come all you little doffers, That work in the Spinning room; Go wash your face and comb your hair. Prepare to leave the room. No more I'll oil my picker rods, No more I'll brush my loom, No more I'll scour my dirty floor All in the Weaving-room. No more I'll oil my picker rods, No more I'll brush my reed, No more I'll say to MARIA — The Devil's in the speed! No more I'll draw these threads All through the harness eye; No more I'll say to my Overseer, Oh! dear me, I shall die. No more I'll get my Overseer To come and fix my loom, No more I'll say to my Overseer, Can't I stay out 'till noon? Then since they've cut my wages down To nine shillings per week, If I cannot better wages make, Some other place I'll seek. No more he'll find me reading, No more he'll see me sew, No more he'll come to me and say: "Such works I can't allow!" I do not like my Overseer, I do not mean to stay, I mean to hire a Depot-boy To carry me away. The Dress-room girls, they need not think, Because they higher go, That they are better than the girls That work in the rooms below. The Overseers they need not think, Because they higher stand; That they are better than the girls That work at their command. And as for we poor Factory Girls, 'Tis plain we all do know, How much we suffer in the winter-time, A wandering through the snow. 'Tis a wonder how the men, Can such machinery make, A thousand wheels together roll Without the least mistake. Now soon you'll see my married To a handsome little man, 'Tis then I'll say to you Factory Girls, Come and see me when you can.
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