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Lyr Add: Babies in the Mill (Dorsey Dixon)

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Subject: Lyr Add: Babies in the Mill (Dorsey Dixon)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 17 - 09:17 PM

BABIES IN THE MILL
(Dorsey Dixon)

I used to work in factories when things was moving slow,
When babies worked in cotton mills, each morning had to go;
Every morning just at five the whistle blew on time
To call them babies out of bed at the age of eight and nine

CHORUS
Get out of bed, you sleepy heads
Get you a bite to eat
The factory whistle's calling you
There's no more time to sleep

To their jobs those little ones was strictly forced to go
They had to be at work on time through rain and sleet and snow
Many times when things went wrong their bosses often frowned
Many times those little ones was kicked and shoved around.
CHORUS

Our children they grew up unlearned, they never went to school
They never learned to read and write, they learned to spin and spool
Many times I close my eyes and see that picture still
When the textile work was carried out by babies in the mill
CHORUS

Old timer can't you see that scene way back in years to come
When babies had to go to work the same as you and I
Aren't you glad that things have changed and we have lots of fun
As we go in and do the jobs that babies used to run.
CHORUS


Babies In the Mill
"Babies In The Mill" was first recorded, by Dorsey, on an album of the same title on Testament records, 3301, in 1965. (Archie Green and Eugene Earl, producers; Pete Welding, owner) Joe Glaser also recorded it on his album "Textile Voices," Collector Records #1922, rec.1970.

Source: Sing Out! Magazine, Volume 29, Number 3 (1983)-back cover

Also in the Rise Up Singing Songbook, page 253

I'll type up a MIDI if somebody asks.

Dorsey Dixon recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80CBggcgq0w

Joe Glazer recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUNieElQMDw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Babies in the Mill (Dorsey Dixon)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 17 - 09:25 PM

Here's the version we have in the Digital Tradition Folk Song Database. Where does it come from?

BABIES IN THE MILL
by Dorsey Dixon

I used to be a factory hand when things were moving slow
When children worked in cotton mills, each morning had to go
Every morning just at five the whistle blew on time
And called them babies out of bed at the age of eight and nine

Come out of bed, little sleepy head
And get you a bite to eat
The factory whistle's calling you
There's no more time to sleep

The children all grew up unlearned, they never went to school,
They never learned to read or write, but they learned to spin and
spool
Every time I close my eyes, I see that picture still,
When textile work was carried on with babies in the mill.

Chorus

To their jobs those little ones were strictly forced to go,
Those babies had to be on time through rain and sleet and snow,
Many times when things went wrong their bosses often frowned,
Many times those little ones was kicked and shoved around.

Chorus

Old Timer can't you see that scene, that though the years go by
Those babies all went on the job, the same as you and I
I know you're glad that things have changed, and we have lots of
fun
As we go in and do the jobs that babies used to run

Chorus

Copyright Dorsey Dixon Estate
@work @mill @industry
printed in Here's to the women
filename[ BABEMILL
TUNE FILE: BABEMILL
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