The Factory Window Song

"The Factory Window Song" is the fourth song in Heggie's cycle Here and Gone, which sets texts of American poet Vachel Lindsay and English poet A. E. Housman. The song cycle is written for tenor and baritone with small chamber ensemble.

Date: 2005Composer: Jake HeggieText: Vachel Lindsay

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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.

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