Factory Girl

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: May 1968        Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producers: Jimmy Miller        Chief engineer: Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1990, 1997, 2013

Probable line-up:

Tabla: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Mandolin: Dave Mason
Violins: Ric Grech
Congas: Rocky Dijon

Waiting for a girl who's got curlers in her hair
Waiting for a girl, she has no money anywhere
We get buses everywhere
Waiting for a factory girl

Waiting for a girl and her knees are much too fat
Waiting for a girl who wears scarves instead of hats
Her zipper's broken down the back
Waiting for a factory girl

Waiting for a girl and she gets me into fights
Waiting for a girl, we get drunk on Friday nights
She's a sight for sore eyes
Waiting for a factory girl

Waiting for a girl, she's got stains all down her dress
Waiting for a girl and my feet are getting wet
She ain't come out yet
Waiting for a factory girl


On Factory Girl, I was doing something you shouldn't do, which is playing the tabla with sticks instead of trying to get that sound using your hand, which Indian tabla players do, though it's an extremely difficult technique and painful if you're not trained.

- Charlie Watts, 2003

To me Factory Girl felt something like Molly Malone, an Irish jig; one of those ancient Celtic things that emerge from time to time, or an Appalachian song. In those days I would just come up and play something, sitting around the room. I still do that today. If Mick gets interested I'll carry on working on it...

- Keith Richards, 2003

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