milling about Hespeler

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the illustrious Mill Girls of Hespeler

while employed at Dominion Woollens and Worsteds

Soundtrack recorded at the Hespeler Heritage Centre

11 Tannery St., East in Cambridge, ON

Gramophone playback of Bing Crosby singing "Swinging On A Star" 
by songwriters Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen

more about the history of Hespeler Village at:
Visit Cambridge Ontario
The Company of Neighbours
Hespeler Heritage Centre facebook page
Jonathan Walford’s blog
The Star Nov 26, 2011

uwaterloo library archives

LYRICS:
Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule?

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig?

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish?

A fish won’t do anything, but swim in a brook
He can’t write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he’s slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped-up slippery fish
And all the monkeys aren’t in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So, you see it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin’ on a star

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One thought on “milling about Hespeler

    Lary Turner said:
    September 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

    As a historical footnote …. all photography for the D.W. & W. monthly newsletters featured in this film were shot by Mr. Frank “Pinky” Johnson, who worked as the Head Dyer for the Mill. “Pinky” entered the Mill right out of high school and finally retired at age 85. He was also an amateur photographer and sculptor.

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