Song of the Spinners


Dublin Core


This piece of music tells of the relief at the end of a hard day’s work. Singing together connected the girls in their struggles and successes while also breaking up the tedium of the work itself. Unlike "Song of the Weavers," this song invokes little cheer. Notably, the last line of the song suggests that the greatest satisfaction a mill girl might find is in her independence as a wage earner. The lyrics read:

The day is o’er, no longer we toil and spin;
For ev’ning’s hush withdraws from the daily din.
And now we sing with gladsome hearts, The theme of the spinner’s song,
That labor to leisure a zest imparts, Unknown to the idle throng. 

We spin all day, and then, in the time for rest,
Sweet peace is found, a joyous and welcome guest.
Despite of toil we all agree, or out of the Mills, or in,
Dependent on others we ne’er will be, So long as we’re able to spin.

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Song of the Spinners




Lowell Offering
No. 1
P. 32


April 1841


Labor--Songs and music
Songs--United States--Periodicals


Lowell, Massachusetts


Unsigned, “Song of the Spinners,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed March 17, 2018,