WEAVERY LIFE (trad./"New Words and New Music by WOODY GUTHRIE") (prob. 1940s)

Any copyrighted material on these pages is used in "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s)

Woody Guthrie's adaptation of the traditional "The Weaver's Song," recorded by Woody Guthrie
(as part of THE ALMANAC SINGERS) on Jul 7, 1941.
(previously unissued track from "SOD-BUSTER BALLADS" sessions, General G-21;
released on "Songs for Political Action," Bear Family Records BCD 15720 JL, 1996)

Lyrics as reprinted in Pete Seeger (ed.), Woody Guthrie Folk Songs, London 1973, pp. 200-201;
© 1963 Ludlow Music, Inc., New York, NY

A weavery life is like an engine,
Coming around the mountain steep;
You'll hit your ups and downs a-plenty,
Then at night you cannot sleep;
Very often flag your fixer,
When his head is bending low:
You may think that he is loafing,
But he's doing the best he knows.

CHORUS:
Soon we'll end (soon we'll end)
This life of weaving (life of weaving),
Soon we'll reach (soon we'll reach)
A better shore (a better shore),
Where we'll rest (where we'll rest)
From filling batteries (filling batteries);
We won't have to weave (to weave)
For the boss no more (for the boss no more).

Most every day I meet some stranger
Says he'd love to learn to weave;
And so I feel it is my duty,
To teach him how the weavers weave.
I show him how to fix his breakouts
And loop or spin a thousand or more;
It's just before I quit my talking,
He sure won't crave to weave no more.

CHORUS

My weavery life is like a death train,
Highballing hog-wild in a storm and rain;
It carries my kinfolks and my loved ones
From our cradle station to our graves;
That company yardbull screws the lids down,
And the breakman seals these doors up tight;
There's no way out from this weaveroom factory
Till God's great morning breaks its light.

CHORUS

TO TOP OF PAGE

TO WOODY GUTHRIE PAGE

TO SONGS FROM THE MILLS PAGE

TO AMERICAN HISTORY IN SONG PAGE

TO STARTING PAGE

You can email me at
manfredh@mainz.netsurf.de