Mudcat Café message #1227903 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31323   Message #1227903
Posted By: GUEST,mlb
17-Jul-04 - 07:56 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Factory Girl
Subject: RE: factory girl
I doubt anyone reads this list any longer however, I will answer one question I found that has yet to be answered.

The songs listed here, "Factory Girl" and "No more shall I work in the factory" are Doffing songs and, as best I can tell, are one in the same. Their rhythm and meter are approximate to the rate of a doffers work. For those who don't know what a doffer is, look it up. You might be surprised by what they do!

The origins of these songs, as relayed to me, stem from the Inudstrial Revolution of the late 1800's and early 1900's when people still used song to keep work rhythms.

By odd chance, I have a copy of this song on CD as sung by Kat Eggleston while sitting in with The Gazebo Singers in Chicago. The recording is unreleased and, to my knowledge, heretofore unknown.