Keep That Wheel A-Turning

 
Performed by:
Ray Padgett
Recorded in:
Barnsley
Recorded on:
01/03/2009
Recorded by:
Ray Padgett
Genre:
Industrial
Keywords:
Admiration,
Factories,
Mills
 

Archival information

TYG:
102
Key:
C
Time Signature:
2:4
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
William Brown
Places Cited:
Yorkshire,
London

Lyrics

1
A nice young man was William Brown,
He worked for a wage in a Yorkshire town,
He turned a wheel from left to right,
From eight at morn till six at night.

Chorus
Now Keep that wheel a turning,
Keep that wheel a turning,
Keep that wheel a turning
And do a little more each day.

2
The boss one day to William came,
He says, “Look here, young What’s-yer-name;
We’re far from pleased with what you do,
So hurry that wheel or out you go!”

3
So William turned and he made her run,
Three times round in the place of one.
He turned so hard he was quickly made,
The Lord High Turner of his trade.

4
His fame spread wide o’er hill and dale,
His face appeared in the Daily Mail;
Cheap coach trips were organized,
Just to gaze at the lad’s blue eyes.

5
Still William turned with a saintly smile,
The goods he made grew such a pile;
They filled his room and the room next door,
And overflowed to the basement floor.

6
But sad the sequel now to tell,
With profits raised the boss could sell,
To a take-over group from London town,
The first redundant case was Brown.

Chorus
Now he’s in the queue a waiting,
He’s in the queue a waiting,
He’s in the queue a waiting,
And he gets a little thinner each day.

7
Now workers don’t be such a clown,
But take a tip from William Brown;
If you work too hard you will surely be,
Wiser but poorer same as he.

Chorus
For he’s in the queue etc.

Archival information

TYG:
102
Key:
C
Time Signature:
2:4
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
William Brown
Places Cited:
Yorkshire,
London