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​Life in the Factory

This song is by Drive-By Truckers and appears on the album Southern Rock Opera (2001).

Let me tell y'all a story
So far-fetched it must be true
'Bout a bunch of fatherless boys from Florida
And one who was man enough for two

Practiced twelve hours a day in the Hell House
In the swamps outside of town
One hundred degrees without no open windows
Heat radiating off the tin

They named their band Lynyrd Skynyrd
After the coach who kicked them out of school
Seven days a week 'cause rock's the only thing
To save them from life in the factory

They spent years inside the Hell House
Then they opened for the Stones and The Who
Three hundred shows a year, outdoor summer festivals
Them boys wouldn't even break a sweat

They hit the road doing ninety
Leave them steel mills far behind
Ain't no good life down at the Ford plant
Three guitars or a life of crime

Sold-out shows and platinum records
New York critics and redneckers
Bunch of boys from Florida
Had them eating from their hands
They got the fame and all the glory
But folks, it's still some sad story
When legend overshadows
The songs and the band

Let me tell y'all a story
That more or less is the truth
From the swamps of Northern Florida
To the swamps just north of Baton Rouge