Early in the morning factory whistle blows,
Man rises from bed and puts on his clothes,
Man takes his lunch, walks out in the morning light,
It's the working, the working, just the working life.

Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain,
I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain,
Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life,
The working, the working, just the working life.

End of the day factory whistle cries,
Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes,
And you just better believe boy, somebody's gonna get hurt tonight,
It's the working, the working, just the working life



Live history

"Factory" has been performed live a total of 165 times.
First known performance:
1978-07-21, Nashville, TN
Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour
Last known performance:
2016-09-05, Virginia Beach, VA
The River Tour 2016

Release history

Total releases: 4
Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, album, 1978-06-06
Bruce Springsteen, Prove It All Night, single, 1978-06-09
Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, rerelease, 2010-11-16
Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, rerelease, 2014-11-17