"Factory" as written by Stanard Ridgeway Funsten, Charles T. Gray, Mark W. Moreland and Oliver Nanini....
Now I know I had something to say but the problem is to say something
Uhh...you gotta say it
And I still don't remember a thing since that funny gas
Came out of that pipe next to me / I guess they didn't ok it
Now I remember--did I tell ya?
Cut my thumb off at the knuckle on a broken band saw
Didn't see the belt buckle or the blade slip
And I remember when the doctor did it up with a stitch
Funny thing...still got a scratch that I can't itch where my thumb was
Now I've brought the same piece of chicken in a bag to work everyday
For the last twenty years or so
And I really don't mind, work assembly line
Got an intercom blasting the news and the latest on the baseball scores
Come around every Friday, well I get a paycheck
Take the same road home that I come to work on, heck, it's a living
And I got another factory at home
Got a barbeque, pink mustang, fenders chrome
And at nine o'clock I sit there in my chair
And I don't know why I lose my hair
And then I go to / and then I go to / and then I go to sleep
Well I like to know what I'm doing when I do it
And I do what I'm doing 'cause I don't know what to do when I'm not doing it
Sometimes I remember as a boy my father told me I could grow up
To be anything I really wanted to be / anything
And everyday at lunch I still look for my lost digit
Still got that funny scratch, so maybe when I find it I can itch it
And I got a little rubber pool in the backyard for the kids to wade in
And i....i...i...i...i...i?
I got another factory back home
Got a little backyard, pink mustang, fenders chrome
At nine o'clock I'm in my chair sat down
Just lately now when my wife talks back to me I slap her around
And then I go to / and then I go to / and then I go to sleep

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"Factory" as written by Mark W. Moreland Charles T. Gray

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    General CommentThis is probably the most chilling and depressing of all of Wall of Voodoo's kind of tongue in cheek, dark humored songs.

    Since it is a narrative, there's not too much to interpret here. A man in his mid-life looks back on his work at the factory. A boring repetitive job that has sucked all of the joy out of his life over the past couple of decades. He no longer has any ambitions, but reminisces about a time when he did.

    "My father told me I could grow up to be anything - I really wanted to be anything" is probably the most depressing lyric in the song, and the key to the whole moral of the story here.
    mos6502on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA suburban husband and father with thinning hair hates his job and takes it out on his wife. Just a little ditty about a fella who needs some anger management classes and a good hair-grower
    CuteSparkinaon February 27, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionOne of my favorite songs ever. Totally depressing and hopeless and also just fabulous fucking lyrics. I miss WOV a ton. One of the best bands who never got famous but should have been.
    gandydanceron August 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's "uh" not "i"!
    BarkingPumpkinon January 11, 2018   Link
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    General CommentAnd the key bit is 'another factory back home', how the man himself has become an automatic machine, capable of very little in the way of independent reasoning. He brought the same piece of chicken to work for 20 years or so.
    nathan1149on April 10, 2018   Link

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