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Cold Company Town

Your father and grandfather, they worked in the mills

all of their lives.

Now you know for certain that you never will

but you don't know why.

You did your part,

you worked very hard

but the sharp edge of the knife

seemed to fall out of the sky.

And now they're closing the foundry down

in this cold company town.

There's no real work here to be found

in this cold company town.

What are you going to do now

in this cold company town?

Now that they're closing the foundry down

in this cold company town.

And when did the skills you worked so hard to learn

become worth nothing at all?

You taught your eyes and hands the ways to do the work

behind those old brick walls.

Now the gates are locked,

all the machines have stopped

and the kids walk by and laugh

throwing stones at the window glass.

And now they're closing the foundry down...

Sometimes you walk along the river.

You look at the water and you shiver,

feeling the cold breath of winter.

Walking on the streets you walked on as a child,

you know them well.

Looking at the houses, the sidewalks and the signs,

you think you can tell

things might look the same

but something has changed

since the people at the top

took all the money and walked.

And now they're closing the foundry down...

Rough cut video posted to YouTube 2/11/11. Click here to watch the video.

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