Cotton Mill Girls (Hedy West)

“Cotton Mill Girls” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Cotton Mill Girls” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Hedy West.
Tune: Hedy West.


I’ve worked in the cotton mill all of my life
And I ain’t got nothin’ but a Barlow knife.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

In 1915, we heard it said,
“Move to the country and get ahead.”
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

Us kids work twelve hours a day
For fourteen cents of measly pay.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

Ev’ry morning just at 5:00,
You gotta get up, dead or alive.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

Ain’t it enough to break your heart?
Hafta work all day, and at night, it’s dark.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

When I die, don’t bury me at all.
Just, pickle my bones in alcohol.
Hang me up on the spinning room wall.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.
It’s hard times ev’rywhere.


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