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Thread #74747   Message #3858749
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Jun-17 - 12:19 AM
Thread Name: ADD:Young Woman Who Swallowed a Lie (Meredith Tax)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Young Woman Who Swallowed a Lie
Well, I thought I had vound the "definitive" version of "Swallowed a Lie" in Sing Out!. On my journey to Old Age, I found out that Sing Out! often made mistakes in its song lyrics. But tonight I have found a Meredith Tax Website, http://www.meredithtax.org/songs. Surely, these must be the "definitive" lyrics:

When Bread and Roses started in 1969, I had a great burst of creativity and started putting new lyrics to old folk tunes. I even learned how to play the autoharp, though not very well. I have always believed that the most powerful and satisfying movements are ones that sing, and we certainly did.

THERE WAS A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SWALLOWED A LIE

(Tune: "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" by Alan Mills)
 
I made up this song when I was in Bread and Roses, in 1970. It was recorded by Pete Seeger in his album “Banks of Marble,” and by Peter Alsop in “Asleep At the Helm.” It was published in Sing Out! in 1970 and in Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, eds., Rise Up Singing (1992)
 
There was a young woman who swallowed a lie
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
There was a young woman who swallowed a rule:
"Live to serve men;" she learned it in school.
She swallowed the rule to hold up the 1ie.
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
There was a young woman who swallowed some fluff—
Lipstick and candy and powder and puff.
She swallowed the fluff to sweeten the rule:
"Live to serve men;" she learned it in school.
She swallowed the rule to hold up the lie.
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
There was a young woman who swallowed a line:
"I like 'em dumb, baby, you suit me fine."
She swallowed the line to go with the fluff—
Lipstick and candy and powder and puff.
She swallowed the fluff to sweeten the rule:
"Live to serve men;" she learned it in school.
She swallowed the rule to hold up the lie.
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
There was a young woman who swallowed a pill,
Prescribed by the doctor though it made her ill.
She swallowed the pill to go with the line,
"I like 'em dumb, baby, you suit me fine."
She swallowed the line to go with the fluff—
Lipstick and candy and powder and puff.
She swallowed the fluff to sweeten the rule:
"Live to serve men;" she learned it in school.
She swallowed the rule to hold up the lie.
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
There was a young woman who swallowed a ring,
Looked like a princess and felt like a thing.
She swallowed the ring to go with the pill
Prescribed by the doctor though it made her ill.
She swallowed the pill to go with the line,
"I like 'em dumb, baby, you suit me fine."
She swallowed the line to go with the fluff—
Lipstick and candy and powder and puff.
She swallowed the fluff to sweeten the rule:
"Live to serve men;" she learned it in school.
She swallowed the rule to hold up the lie.
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
There was a young woman who swallowed some Spock:
"Stay at home, mother, take care of your flock!"
She swallowed the Spock to go with the ring,
Looked like a princess and felt like a thing.
She swallowed the ring to go with the pill
Prescribed by the doctor though it made her ill.
She swallowed the pill to go with the line,
"I like 'em dumb, baby, you suit me fine."
She swallowed the line to go with the fluff—
Lipstick and candy and powder and puff.
She swallowed the fluff to sweeten the rule:
"Live to serve men;" she learned it in school.
She swallowed the rule to hold up the lie.
We all know why she swallowed that lie.
Perhaps she'll die.
 
One day that young woman woke up and she said,
"I’ve swallowed so much that I wish I were dead!"
I swallowed it all; I swallowed the Spock:
"Stay at home, mother, take care of your flock!"
I swallowed the pill and swallowed the ring,
Looked like a princess and felt like a thing.
I swallowed the line and swallowed the fluff—
Lipstick and candy and powder and puff.
I swallowed the rule to hold up the lie—
Why in the world did I swallow that lie?
Perhaps I'll die!
 
She ran to her sisters; it wasn't too late.
To be liberated—regurgitate!
She threw up the Spock and ·-threw up.the 'ring,
Looked like a princess and felt like a thing.
She threw up the pill and she threw up the line,
"I like 'em dumb, baby, you suit me fine."
She threw up the fluff and she threw up the rule,
"Live to serve men;” she learned it in school.
And last but not least, she threw up the lie.
We all know why she threw up that lie.
SHE WILL NOT DIE!