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happy? – Feb 18 (Lewiston Factory Girl)

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FACTORY GIRL
LEWISTON FACTORY GIRL
NO MORE SHALL I WORK IN THE FACTORY
THE FACTORY GIRL


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Abby Sale 18 Feb 06 - 10:20 AM
GUEST,Julia 18 Feb 06 - 02:34 PM
Abby Sale 19 Feb 06 - 12:00 PM
GUEST,julia 20 Feb 06 - 12:20 AM
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Subject: happy? – Feb 18 (Lewiston Factory Girl)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 18 Feb 06 - 10:20 AM

Lewiston, Maine was first settled in 1770 as a plantation. It became the 94th Maine town on 2/18/1795. In 1819 Michael Little established a small carding and fulling woolen mill. By the Civil War it was a major US textile center, a total "company town" & effectively controlled by one consortium. The Lewiston Bagging Mill announced its 13-hour day (45 minutes off at noon.) It may have been considered liberal…they had Sundays off.

        The factory bell begins to ring
        And we must all obey;
        And to our old employment go,
        Or else be turned away.
        And since they've cut my wages down,
        To nine shillings per week,
        If I cannot better wages make,
        Some other place I'll seek.

                "Lewiston Factory Girl," Hedy West and Songs of New England, Jim
                Douglas; 1992. Basically same as "The Lowell Factory Girl." In Lowell they
                have a good free folk festival there instead of near-slave labor.
                Last weekend of May.

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
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Subject: RE: happy? – Feb 18 (Lewiston Factory Girl)
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 18 Feb 06 - 02:34 PM

I was given a song on a field tape about 10 years ago called "Lewiston Factory girl" The singer was not identified. I'd love to know more about it as I am collecting trad Maine folk songs

Here's the first verse

Come all you Lewiston factory girls
I want you to understand
I'm going to leave this factory
And return to my native land

Sing dumdee dickerty dumdee way
Sing dumdee dickerty dumdee way

Cheers- Julia


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Subject: RE: happy? – Feb 18 (Lewiston Factory Girl)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 12:00 PM

"Lewiston Factory Mill Girls" on Hedy West vol 2


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Subject: RE: happy? – Feb 18 (Lewiston Factory Girl)
From: GUEST,julia
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 12:20 AM

great- can you provide more details?
    Most of the discussion of this song is here (click).
    -Joe Offer-


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