Bruce Springsteen says he wrote the song “Factory” for his father, a New Jersey factory worker. Many of Springsteen’s songs chronicle the ways his father and other working class men struggle to support their families.
Springsteen originally performed the song as a piano ballad on his 1978 album Darkness at the Edge of Town, but performs it here almost as a Country Western song. He’s accompanied by the Seeger Sessions Band.
“Early in the morning factory whistle blows,
Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes,
Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light,
It’s the working, the working, just the working life.
“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.”
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