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Hedy West

"Cotton Mill Girls" (karaoke)

"Cotton Mill Girls" (sheet music)


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 12 hours a day

For 14 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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