Thursday, June 09, 2011


by: Sippican Cottage

Sun's beaming in the window,
There's rumbling from the floor,
We're swinging and we're swaying
Boxes dancing out the door.

Oh how our muscles ripple,
We're making twenty knots,
We're alternating; current --
We're glowing with the watts.

Pounding down the corridors,
With Bill of Lading piles;
Our output's put the boss on ice
We're blowing out the dials.

They count the beans but can't keep up,
We're cooking with the gas;
Our arms are made from tempered steel,
Our heart is made of brass.

That brass is rolled to make a tube,
The tube is bent just so;
And if we blow that trumpet, Jack,
The girls get all aglow.

The whistle blows at five o'clock,
It's twenty-three skidoo;
The guys and gals that made that stuff,
Go out for dancing too.

They box the compass of the steps
Then swing from chandeliers;
They leave the clerks there in the lurch
Then kick it up a gear.

They pound the floor into the ground,
They swing and then they sway;
They'd drink to all their troubles,
But they've long since gone away.

They close the places late at night,
And walk home 'neath the stars;
Arm in arm, exchanging charms
One's Venus, one is Mars.

Mighty children spring from them,
To keep the flame alight;
They nurse them with acetylene,
And ultra-violet light.

They grow some whiskers when they're old,
And sit down for a spell;
Their Ercoles will take their place,
And raise a little hell.


John Lien said...

Great stuff! Makes me nostalgic for the factory job I never had. Men need to build things. Twiddling bits for a living just doesn't satisfy.

SamArtDog said...

If someone asked me where I found this, I'd say,
"Why, Sippican Cottage, of course!"

Where'd you find it?

SippicanCottage said...

Hi John- Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi Sam-

I wrote this a few years back, and re-ran it. I can't remember now how I found the video. I generally find the best stuff accidentally, when I'm looking for something else.

Thanks for reading and commenting.