The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57244   Message #1481804
Posted By: CapriUni
10-May-05 - 02:20 PM
Thread Name: songs about disabilities
Subject: RE: songs about disabilities
Remember, no one wants to hear a Disability Song (Roll, me bully boys, roll ?????) unless it's comic ...

Or sentimental, or morally allegorical, such as Sy Kahn's "It's Not Just What You're Born With," referenced earlier in this thread. People seem to love songs like that.

And besides, folk music has a long history with songs on subjects that "no one wants to hear" about.

Your comment does get to the core of my question, however: what is it about disability that makes it a more repulsive subject than, say, murder, or war, death, betrayal, abject poverty, or corrupt politicians?

But, frankly, I think you've hit the nail on the head. No one has said it to me directly, but there is a subtle and almost constant message being aimed at the disabled in this society that people really wish they could still keep us locked up in the back room, and that what we have to say about our own experiences is invalid. And I fear that hearing this message from childhood has taught me to edit and silence myself.

Now, this makes me angry. And more determined than ever to write a "Disability song." If you think that makes me a "bitter woman," so be it.