The Factory Girl

from by Stuart Forester

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    A Yard of Ale is the second album by Stuart Forester released on Melonstone Records, May 2013. Ten original songs plus an interpretation of the traditional English folk ballad The Factory Girl and a cover of the Mike Waterson ode to the ragged glory and ultimate decline of the UK fishing industry, Cold Coast of Iceland.
    'You feel as though you’ve been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life.' Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine.
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lyrics

The Factory Girl (Trad arr. Forester) 3.48

A declaration of independence, in that the girl, no matter how poor or humble, is still her own master and not ashamed of her poverty nor afraid to resist the advances of a young gallant. Learnt from a great version by Peta Webb and Alison McMoorland. Jack Burnaby plays melodeon and harmonium.

As I went a walking one fine summer’s morning, the birds on yon brambles they sweetly did sing
The lads and the lasses together were sporting, going down to the factory their work to begin

I spied one amongst them more fairer than Venus, her skin like the lily her none could excel
Her eyes like two diamonds they shone o so brightly, she’s my own bonnie lassie my factory girl

I boldly stepped to her all seeming to view her when on me she cast a proud look of disdain
Saying “young man stand from me and do not insult me, for it’s though I am a poor girl I think it no shame”

“It isn’t to scorn you fair maid I adore you but grant me one favour say where do you dwell?”
She answered me “Kind sir I fear I must leave you for there goes the sound of our factory bell”

“But I have fine houses adorned all with ivory and gold in my pockets and silver as well
And if you’ll come with me I’ll make you a lady and no more will you heed yon poor factory bell”

“It’s love and temptation are our ruination, to marry a lady perhaps you’d do well
For I’m a poor orphan without friends or relations and besides I’m a hard working factory girl”

credits

from A Yard of Ale, released May 1, 2013
Traditional, arranged by Stuart Forester
Stuart Forester - Guitar & Vocals
Jack Burnaby - Melodeon & Harmonium

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Stuart Forester London, UK

Stuart Forester is a South London based songwriter in the folk tradition who has quite some stories to tell. And that burning desire to chronicle the passage of life is fully realised on his new album A Yard Of Ale, to to be released 1st May 2013 through Melonstone Records.
'You feel as though you’ve been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life.' Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine.
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