Factory Girl (2:08)

Cover of Beggars Banquet

From Beggars Banquet and 6 other releases

“Factory Girl” is a song by The Rolling Stones which appears on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet.

It is very similar to an Appalachian folk tune, especially due to its minimal arrangement, featuring Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on acoustic guitar, Rocky Dijon on conga drums, Ric Grech of Family on fiddle/violin, Dave Mason of Traffic on Mellotron using the mandolin sound, and Charlie Watts on tabla.[1].

On his performance, Charlie Watts said in 2003, “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.”
Richards said of the song in 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; if he doesn’t look interested, I’ll drop it, leave it and say, ‘I’ll work on it and maybe introduce it later.’”


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Waitin' for a girl she's got curlers in her hair
Waitin' for a girl we have no money anywhere
She gets buses everywhere
Waitin' for a factory girl

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  • Shauni51

    in love with this song

    12 Oct 5:44pm Reply
  • Druid66

    I had the impression it was about one of those Rosie the Riveter types who worked in the factories during World War 2, but the Sedgwick angle is interesting, too. I dig the 'earthy' simplicity of this tune - there's not a bad tune on "Beggars"!

    20 Apr 5:09am Reply
  • born-in-hell

    It's true, Mick Jagger and Edie Sedgwick tied a friendship, they both adored each other. The song Factory Girl indeed doesn't refer to Edie. Mick dedicated much later a song for Edie, namely Like A Rolling Stone (Stripped, released in 1995 during the Voodoo Lounge tour). Originally a Dylan composition, Bob wrote this ballad especially for Edie Sedgwick.

    27 Jan 2:00am Reply
  • sstrosser1

    BTBAMowns111---- Do you need a hug !!

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BTBAMowns111

    not sure if a pulp fiction reference but "I don't need you to tell me how fucking good this music is, okay? I'm the one who listens to it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie listens to music she listens to shit. I listen to the gourmet Rolling Stones stuff because when I listen to music I wanna feel it. But you know what's on my mind right now? It ain't the music in my record player…" lol I'll stop there

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Shauni51

    damn this is some serious gourmet music.

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Cloudspotter

    Fine song. :)

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Whiskey-Bar

    Amazing tune.

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • platinum-blonde

    haha this is so not about edie sedgwick.

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Big_Dip

    This is most likely about Edie Sedgwick, because Mick Jagger was really good friends with Andy Warhol and Edie was one of Andy's muses at one point in time.

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • andrewirving

    jagger's control over his voice is superb

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • gruntsob1

    why did they turn left? they had it right... then, i remember midnight rambler.

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • scientist4u

    like the stones early music

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • TKMajor

    A brilliant little song.

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Muddy49

    waiting for a girl too

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Sunzy

    this one is a total favourite, so good yet so short

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • pocosnoopy

    Waiting for a girl.......

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
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    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • puheniq

    Really great song:)

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ElfoRock

    das boas!!!

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
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