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GUEST,Marian DTStudy Lewiston/Lowell Factory Girl (15) RE: DTStudy Lewiston/Lowell Factory Girl 13 Nov 09


Has anyone else noticed something odd about the lyrics to this song?

The overall story seems to be happy: she is leaving the factory to marry (as indicated in one of the lines).

However, the chorus seems to refer to her dying: Pity me etc and carry me away.

Why would they be pitying her and carrying her away if she's off to a happy marriage?

So, I start to think, if she's dying, there are only two lines that don't make sense:
"When the factory girls are hard at work, I'll be home in bed" and "I'll marry a country boy before the year is out."


And, if you look at those lines, you can see that they may have been changed, thus:

"When the factory girls are hard at work, I'll be home in bed"    Note that the word "dead" would be a perfect rhyme here. e.g., "When the factory girls are hard at work, I'll be gone and dead"

Or it could even be "I'll be in my bed" i.e., "bed" as a euphemism for "grave."



And on this line "No more shall I see the super come, all dressed up so proud; For I know I'll marry a country boy before the year is out."   Note that "out" is an imperfect rhyme for "proud," which would actually rhyme perfectly with "shroud."



I'm wondering if someone took an older, sad song and changed it to be a happy song, while leaving the chorus intact, which now doesn't make sense.


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