Aragon Mills

At the east end of town
At the foot of the hill
There´s a chimney so tall
Says, Aragon Cotton Mill.

But there´s no smoke at all
Coming out of the stack
For the Mill has closed down
And it’s not coming back.

I am too old to change
And I am too young to die,
Wonder what will become
Of my old wife and I.

Theres no children at all,
In those narrow empty streets,
Since the mill has closed down
It’s so quite I can’t sleep

Theres no use anymore
For these cotton mills it seems
But the sound of the loom
still haunts my dreams

But the only tune I hear
Is the sound of the wind
As it blows through the town
Weave and spin, weave and spin.

Oh the mill has closed down
It´s the only live I know
Wonder what will I do
Where will I go.

But the only tune I hear
Is the sound of the wind
As it blows through the town
Weave and spin, weave and spin.

Words and music Si Kahn/Andy Irvine

“Accidentals” is an instrumental piece Irvine wrote “somewhere between Windmill Lane Studios and Milan”.
“Aragon Mill” is a song Irvine learned from Si Kahn, the singer-songwriter from North Carolina, who said of this song: “This is a true song about Aragon, Georgia, a small town near the Alabama border, in 1971. The red brick chimney with the white brick letters ‘Aragon’ is real. So is the line “It’s so quiet I can’t sleep” spoken by a loom fixer whose front porch overlooked the now silent weave room.”

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