Song Lyric Sunday: a scary song for Halloween

SongLyricSundayI’ve just read (and blogged about) Bruce Springsteen’s new autobiography “Born to Run” and been inspired to listen to a lot of his music again, so I’m afraid I was always going to shoehorn the Boss into whatever Helen’s prompt was for this week. Admittedly, I couldn’t immediately think of a Halloween song in his repertoire (go on, somebody, tell me there is one!) but Factory, from his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, has always sent a shiver down my spine.

It starts off simply enough, with almost a country and western style sound, and simple lyrics describing a father getting up early for his shift at the factory.

“Factory” by Bruce Springsteen, lyrics courtesy of
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.

It brings back childhood memories of hearing my own Dad getting up and ready for work on dark winter mornings while I was still tucked up in bed. But this song isn’t just about a cosy childhood memory, and Springsteen soon lets us know there’s a downside to the working life. In the next verse :

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.
But it’s the stark warning of the final verse, delivered to the same gentle nostalgic melody, that really packs a punch:

End of the day, factory whistle cries,
Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes.
And you just better believe, boy,
somebody’s gonna get hurt tonight,
It’s the working, the working, just the working life.

All of a sudden we realise that the harsh realities of adult life mean that parents can’t always provide their kids with the safety and security they need – and that’s a really scary thought.

Song Lyric Sunday is a weekly blogger prompt from Helen Espinosa. You can read all about it and find out how to take part hereΒ – so why not head over there and share your favourite scary song?


8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: a scary song for Halloween

  1. I love it when you guys don’t take my prompts as literally as I mean them. πŸ˜‰ It is a scary thought to think we are just working our life away. It makes it even more sad when the job is dangerous. Great choice and great use of the prompt! πŸ™‚


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