Who Sang Millworker? James Taylor

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Credits
release date: 1979
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 3:53
producer: Peter Asher
piano: Don Grolnick
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
viola: Louise Schulman
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
harmonium: Don Grolnick
cello: Jesse Levy
assistant mixer: George Ybara
assistant recording engineer: George Ybara
additional recording engineer assistant recording engineer: Lincoln Clapp and Michael O’Reilly
percussion: Don Grolnick
Now my grandfather was a sailor
He blew in off the water
My father was a farmer
And i, his only daughter
Took up with a no good millworking man
From massachusetts
Who dies from too much whiskey
And leaves me these three faces to feed

Millwork ain’t easy
Millwork ain’t hard
Millwork it ain’t nothing
But an awful boring job
I’m waiting for a daydream
To take me through the morning
And put me in my coffee break
Where I can have a sandwich
And remember

Then it’s me and my machine
For the rest of the morning
For the rest of the afternoon
And the rest of my life

Now my mind begins to wander
To the days back on the farm
I can see my father smiling at me
Swinging on his arm
I can hear my granddad’s stories
Of the storms out on lake eerie
Where vessels and cargos and fortunes
And sailors’ lives were lost

Yes, but it’s my life has been wasted
And I have been the fool
To let this manufacturer
Use my body for a tool
I can ride home in the evening
Staring at my hands
Swearing by my sorrow that a young girl
Ought to stand a better chance

So may I work the mills just as long as I am able
And never meet the man whose name is on the label

It be me and my machine
For the rest of the morning
And the rest of the afternoon
Gone for the rest of my life



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Company Man
  • 2 Johnnie Comes Back
  • 3 Day Tripper
  • 4 I Will Not Lie for You
  • 5 Brother Trucker
  • 6 Is That the Way You Look?
  • 7 B.S.U.R.
  • 8 Rainy Day Man
  • 9 Millworker
  • 10 Up on the Roof
  • 11 Chanson Française
  • 12 Sleep Come Free Me

  • Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin