HARRY CHAPIN


The Day They Closed The Factory Down Lyrics

She said,"I watch him walk down Main Street
A sweet one man parade
He'd tip his hat and just like that
Another score he'd made"

"I'd watch the girls all watch him
Moths drawn to the flame
The money showed, the laughter flowed
From the way he played the game
He played the game"

"Some said he was a rambler
Some said he was a rake
Some said he was a gambler
Some said he was a fake"

"But I knew him like no one else
A gentleman was he
His days belonged to himself
His nights belonged to me
Belonged to me"

"And they're talkin' in the town square
In the taverns and the shops
I hear them talkin' everywhere
Their talkin' never stops"

"But all their words of wisdom
Won't make you go away
The day they closed the factory down
They had nothing, nothing left to say"

She said, "I take care of my momma now
Since my father died
I'm raising baby brother too
The way my father tried"

"His thirty years in the factory ended
In that furnace blast
But they settled up for ten bucks a week
And the bitterness is past
It did not last"

So they're moving somewhere else now
With their cloths and fabric press
They found themselves another town
Where they'll make shirts for less

And that is why he said last night
He won't watch the old town die
But I would not take what he tried to leave
When he told me 'Good bye'
Ah, it's good bye

And they're talkin' in the town square
In the taverns and the shops
I hear them talkin' everywhere
Their talkin' never stops

But all their words of wisdom
Won't make you go away
The day they closed the factory down
They had nothing, nothing left to say

So they're talkin' of the changes
The closing brings about
Talkin' of the hard times
And the young folks moving out

Yes, they're talking as if talking can make
Everything all right
But all the talking ever done
Won't bring him back tonight
Ah, tonight

And they're talkin' talkin' talkin' talkin'
Talkin' in the shops
I hear them talkin' everywhere
Their talkin' never stops

But all their words of wisdom
Won't make you go away
The day they closed the factory down
They had nothing, nothing left to say

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Songwriter(s): Harry F. Chapin
Publisher(s): Chapin Music
Record Label(s): 1979 Elektra Entertainment Group Inc for the United States and WEA International Inc for the world outside of the United States
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