"My Little Shirtwaist Fire" as written by and Melora Rasputina Creager....
Once it started
The frail and fainthearted
Just withered to the floor
Oh, so sadly
We examined hands burned badly
By that which no man fears more.

The terrible flames of
All that remain of
My Little Shirtwaist Fire

My best friend
Was alone in the alcove,
Does anyone see her there?

Such a sweet face
Trapped in a staircase
By the smell of her own burning hair and the

Terrible flames of
All that remain of
My Little Shirtwaist Fire

Glow baby glow as the embers they died there,
Nobody knows what we saw inside there.
Twisting and burning, the girls' fine young bodies

Yes, we're burning can you help us please?
Yes, we're begging, we're on bended knees
Oh, My Little Shirtwaist Fire.

Girls work hard for
Small rewards or
Invatations to dine.

Or one kind word from
One who loves them but
What I have earned is mine-

The terrible flames of
All that remain of
My Little Shirtwaist Fire

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"My Little Shirtwaist Fire" as written by Melora "rasputina" Creager

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  • +1
    General CommentTriangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 killed 146 women in less than 15 minutes yale.edu/yup/ENYC/…

    Amy_Oon June 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "My best friend was alone in the end."
    musicmama888on April 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. I never knew that was what it was about. I thought it was about an arsonist who was so dissatisfied as to destroy everything because of, "Girls work hard for small rewards" etc, I thought that she was describing things that have been taken away from her so she burns down some place, especially because it says "MY little shirtwaiste fire..." I think this is beautiful and I love the part where she says, "Such a sweet face trapped in the staircase by the smell of her own burning hair."
    Rasputinaon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI thought the same thing as the above person about the line "such a sweet face trapped in a staircase by the smell of her own burning hair.." until I found out what the song was about and could picture a girl of a ripe 13 trapped in a staircase or elevator shaft, not knowing what in the hell is going on and burning to death..
    FilthyCorsetStringson June 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLOL, I knew this song was about the Triangle Factory fire. I heard it around the time we were learning about this in US history.
    foxxycottonon November 15, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWow a lot of people didn't pay attention in school.
    radish_babyon August 11, 2007   Link

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