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Rosie the Riveter

Song: Rosie the Riveter
Lyrics: Redd Evans(1) and John Jacob Loeb(2)

Music: Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb
Year: 1942(3)
Country: USA

While other girls attend their fav'rite cocktail bar,
Sipping dry Martinis, munching caviar,
There's a girl who's really putting them to shame,
Rosie is her name...

All the day long, whether rain or shine,
She's a part of the assembly line.
She's making history,
Working for victory,
Rosie (Brrr)* the Riveter.

Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage,
Sitting up there on the fuselage.
That little frail can do,
More than a male can do,
Rosie (Brrr)* the riveter.

Rosie's got a boyfriend, Charlie.
Charlie, he's a Marine.
Rosie is protecting Charlie,
Working overtime,
On the riveting machine.
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When they gave her a production "E",
She was as proud as a girl could be.
There's something true, about red, white and blue
About Rosie (Brrr)* the Riveter.
About Rosie (Brrr)* the Riveter.

Ev'ry one stops to admire the scene,
Rosie at work on the B-Nineteen,
She's never twittery,
nervous or jittery,
Rosie (Brrr)* the riveter.

What if she's smeared full of oil and grease,
Doing her bit for the old Lend-lease,
She keeps the gang around,
They love to hang around,
Rosie (Brrr)* the riveter.
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Rosie's buys a lot of war bonds,
The girl really has sense,
Wishes she could purchase more bonds,
Putting all her cash,
Into national defense.

Senator Jones, who is "in the know",
Shouted these words on the radio,
Berlin will hear about,
Moscow will cheer about,
Rosie (Brrr)* the riveter.
Rosie (Brrr)* the riveter.


* - The "Brrr" is a ukulele tacet to "imitate noise of riveting machine" according to the sheet music.

1 - Redd Evans a short biography from IMDb

2 - Sorry, we have no biographical data on John Jacob Loeb

3 - Published by Paramount Music Corp., 1619 Broadway, New York.M.o<

4 - American History in Song: Lyrics from 1900 to 1945, by Diane Holloway, p.407