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Natalie Merchant sang Owensboro on her 2003 album The House Carpenter’s Daughter.

Cara sang Owensboro in 2010 on their CD Long Distance Love. They noted:

This is a lovely traditional song from America about people who worked in the cotton mills and the conditions they faced every day. Jeana [Leslie] was given the song by Gavin Firth, a great friend and fantastic guitar player from her home in Orkney. Owensboro, KY is the birthplace of Johnny Depp!


Cara sing Owensboro

Well, I lived in a town
Way down south
By the name of Owensboro
And I worked in a mill
With the rest of the “trash”
As we’re often called
As you know

Well, we rise up early
In the morning
And we work all day real hard
To buy our little meat and bread
Buy sugar, tea, and lard

Well, our children they
Grow, grow up unlearned
With no time to go to school
Almost before they learn to walk
They learn to spin and to spool

Well, the folks in town
They dress so fine
And spend their money free
But they would hardly look
At a factory hand
That dresses like you and me

Would you let them wear
Their watches fine
Let them wear their gems
And pearly strings

But when that day
Of judgement comes
They’ll have to share
Their pretty things