The Factory Window Song

"The Factory Window Song" is the fourth song from Jake Heggie's song cycle Here and Gone. The original text was written by Vachel Lindsay, an American poet known for the development of the jazz poetry genre. The song cycle is written for tenor and baritone with small chamber ensemble.

Date: 2005Composer: Jake HeggieText: Vachel LindsaySong Collection: Here and Gone

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The Factory Window Song
by Vachel Lindsay

Factory windows are always broken.
Somebody’s always throwing bricks,
Somebody’s always heaving cinders,
Playing ugly Yahoo tricks.

Factory windows are always broken.
Other windows are let alone.
No one throws through the chapel-window
The bitter, snarling, derisive stone.

Factory windows are always broken.
Something or other is going wrong.
Something is rotten — I think, in Denmark.
End of the factory-window song.


Passing By

(Raymond Carver, Jake Heggie, A. E. Housman, Vachel Lindsay and Edna St. Vincent Millay)


Sheet Music

Here and Gone

Composer(s): Heggie, Jake

Song(s): The Farms of Home, In Praise of Songs that Die, Stars, The Factory Window Song, In the Morning, Because I Liked You Better, The Half-Moon Westers Low

Voice Type: Tenor and Baritone

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