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Song title: Factory


Factory - Album

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.

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.

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.

Notes: In some relation with Come on (Let's go tonight). Live version are identical to the album take. The outtake version is also very (very very) similar.


Factory - Outtake

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

Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain
I see my daddy walking towards them factory gates in the rain
Factory takes his hearing, but he understands
He's a working, a working, just a working man

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, it's the working life
Cause it's the working, the working, just the working life

Notes: In some relation with Come on (Let's go tonight). Live version are identical to the album take. The outtake version is also very (very very) similar.


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 21/07/1978 Auditorium, Nashville,TN ,USA
Last known live performance: 05/09/2016 Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach,VA ,USA

Song 'history':


Published on DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, in 1978.
Bruce inserted it 37 times in the setlists of the Darkness tour
Often played during the River tour (69 times)
Two only renderings for this song in the Born in the U.S.A. tour (26/11/1984 Reunion Arena, Dallas,TX ,USA and 29/11/1984 The Summit, Houston,TX ,USA)
Played during the Reunion tour (43 times)
One only performance during the Rising tour (18/09/2003 Rentschler Field, Hartford,CT ,USA)
During the The Seeger Session tour, the song was played 3 times
Just 5 shots during the Working on a Dream tour
Another version of the song also appears on the 'The Promise' Album, released in November 2010, in the Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 DVD volume
Not much used during the Wrecking Ball tour, deserving only 5 renderings
Two only performances during the High Hopes tour (15/02/2014 AAMI Park, Melbourne ,Australia and 19/02/2014 Allphones Arena, Sydney ,Australia)
One only performance during the 2016 The River tour (05/09/2016 Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach,VA ,USA)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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