Song of the Day #2,783: ‘Factory’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_ghosts_highway_20I mentioned that the title track of Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 reminded me of Bruce Springsteen. Well, here she drives that connection home by covering a Springsteen tune.

‘Factory’ is a song from Springsteen’s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, and its story of a man who toils away at a factory fits in nicely with the rustic sadness of the rest of this album. Williams recorded the track as a tribute to her father-in-law, who held a job a lot like the one described in the song.

It’s an elegant cover. Bruce should be proud.

[Verse 1:]
Early in the morning
Factory whistle blows
Man rises from bed
And puts on his clothes
Man takes his lunch and walks out
In the morning light
It’s the working, the working, just the working life

[Verse 2:]
Through the mansions of fear
Through the mansions of pain
I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain
Factory takes his hearing
Factory gives him life
The working, the working, just the working life

[Verse 3:]
End of the day
Factory whistle cries
Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes
And you just better believe, boy
Somebody’s gonna get hurt tonight
It’s the working, the working, just the working life

[Verse 1]

It’s the working, the working, just the working life
It’s the working, the working, just the working life

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,783: ‘Factory’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    Much like Dylan, Lucinda’s voice and style doesn’t improve a cover. It is far better when others are covering her material (Mary Chapin Carpenter’s cover of “passionate kisses” comes immediately to mind) than the other way around.

    For those not familiar with the original of today’s song by Bruce, here it is: http://youtu.be/FKhqdmBC1kA

  2. Peg says:

    Of course no one can do it better than Bruce, but she does a decent job

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