Bridgeport Lathe

from 86'd in '03 by Bent Shapes

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Written by John Hovorka and originally released by The 2x4s in 1980.

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I want to hear the sound of the bridgeport lathe
it's metal-to-metal; it really is
your basic, ordinary men, they work at Bendon Gear
cos the screech of shearing metal is a-what they wanna hear

foxy secretaries make a point of passing through the plant
and they know you want them to show it all
but you just might get your arm torn off
if you look up for too long from your Blanchard Grind-All

I've worked the Bessemer Converters out on Cheektowaga Plains
I've even done third shift on antiquated screw machines
I'd even rather work at slaughterhouses in Niagara Falls
but Bridgeport Lathe has-uh got me by the balls

There's no time to sneak a cigarette or read a novel by Ayn Rand
and you don't have to do container work to get canned
the bossman he is staring at the men, he's always near
cos the screech of shearing metal is a-what he’s paid to hear

I want to hear the sound of the bridgeport lathe
it's metal-to-metal; it really is
your basic, ordinary men, they work at Benton Gear
cos the screech of shearing metal is a-what they're gonna hear

I've worked the Bessemer Converters out on Cheektowaga Plains
I've even done third shift on antiquated screw machines
I'd even rather work at slaughterhouses in Niagara Falls
but Bridgeport Lathe has-uh got me by the balls

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from 86'd in '03, released July 25, 2014
Written by John Hovorka and originally performed by The 2x4s.
Andrew Sadoway - Bass, drums, metal.
Ben Potrykus - Guitars, vocals, ring mod.
Recorded by Matt Beaudoin at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA in April 2014 and released in an edition of 75 lathe-cut picture plexi discs on People In A Position To Know Records in July 2014.

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