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Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?

GUEST,Karen Impola 24 Jun 22 - 07:17 PM
GUEST,estelle 24 Jun 22 - 07:35 PM
Joe Offer 24 Jun 22 - 08:41 PM
Phil Cooper 26 Jun 22 - 01:04 PM
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GUEST,henryp 26 Jun 22 - 02:56 PM
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Subject: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,Karen Impola
Date: 24 Jun 22 - 07:17 PM

Rhiannon Giddens just posted herself singing Peggy Seeger's song "The Judge's Chair" on Facebook, in response to today's Supreme Court decision.

I can only think of a few other songs on the subject:

Kat Eggleston - The Stranger

Susan Werner - Manhattan, Kansas

Frankie Armstrong - The Song of The Second Serving Maid

Anyone got more?


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,estelle
Date: 24 Jun 22 - 07:35 PM

Malvina Reynolds, "Rosie Jane, are you pregnant again" 1973, lyrics on Mudcat https://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=5085,
and Back Alley Surgery 1977 http://www.vagalume.com.br/malvina-reynolds/back-alley-surgery.html,

Note the intro to Rosie Jane:
This song is addressed to my sisters
Any man who is present may listen
Any priest, any public official, any physician
But it gives him no license to touch us
We make the decision
Me and Lydia, Josie and Rosie and Eve
We handle this matter ourselves
You'd better believe, or you better leave


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Subject: ADD: Judge's Chair (Peggy Seeger)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jun 22 - 08:41 PM

This would be a good place to post lyrics.

THE JUDGE'S CHAIR
(Peggy Seeger)

I don't want the boy with the long brown hair
I don't want the one with the curls
I want Jimmy and the devil-may-care,
Jimmy's good with the girls

He took the girl with the long brown hair
I don't want the one with the curls
He took me, and the devil may care,
And Jimmy's good with the girls

Come and walk in the Autumn woods
Come and walk in the town
She walked with him to the end of the earth
And together they lay down

Annie, the light that's in your eyes
Tells your lover's name
Annie, the hope that's in your heart
Will turn to grief and shame

Sunday, Monday passing by
Thursday, Friday too
Annie walks in the winter sun
A week past she was due

Two weeks, three weeks passing by
Three and four and five
Annie walked in the winter rain
And wished that she could die

December past, the New Year gone
Judgement Day has come
The doctor sat in the judge's chair
And the judges turned her down

Jimmy won't walk, Jimmy won't talk
Jimmy won't come around
Annie's gone to a backstreet woman
To bring the baby down

Pain floods into that place
Where love has come and gone
Close the door, and close the door
And Annie's walkin' home

Slowly, slowly up the stair
Into her childhood room
Her bed filled up with red, red blood
Annie died alone

She won't have the boy with the long brown hair
She won't have the one with the curls
She got Jimmy and the devil-may-care
And Jimmy's good with the girls

Men sit in the judges chair—
We are up on trial
Woman, if you conceive
You must bear your child

https://peggyseeger.bandcamp.com/track/the-judges-chair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhfdQMJX4Pc


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 26 Jun 22 - 01:04 PM

Peggy Seeger also wrote a song titled It's a Matter of Choice. Patrick Sky wrote a song called Dirge to Love Gone By on this Photographs album which is a singable rewrite of a Bertolt Brecht poem.


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 26 Jun 22 - 01:10 PM

Here's the word to the Patrick Sky song I can't find a youtube link for it:

                        
Message:
Dirge to Love Gone By    --    by Patrick Sky
C 1967 Rabelaisian Music

For the sake of the song, I'll just call her Helen
A child of society, both parents dead
Up until now, she had no police record
She committed a felony, so it is said.
In her second month, she tells us the story
How she tried to abort but without success
By drinking some ergot with pepper mixed in it
With the aid of a close friend, they both did their best.

She prayed and she prayed but her prayers were not answered
Impressed in her mind that she must bear the child
And she said on that day while cleaning the stairway
Came a pain in her belly, like a knife in her side.
Twelve hours later, half-mad with her labor
As she lay on her thin sheets, numb from the cold
With half-frozen fingers she delivered a boychild
And the birth of her child was the death of her soul.

No doctor would heal her, no priest would confess her,
As she lay in her bed, eyes fixed in a stare
And the cries of her child were stilled by her raving
Racked by the pain as she pulled at her hair.
She couldn't remember just how long she lay there
It might have been hours, it seemed more like weeks
She said that the child had long stopped its crying
For she beat it with her fists until it had ceased.

Yesterday Helen she died in her prison cell
Bringing to bear on the sins of us all
An unmarried mother, convicted of murder
Her only possession was a badly worn shawl.


Copied from the jacket of "Photographs" by Patrick Sky


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 26 Jun 22 - 02:56 PM

Vin Garbutt passionately opposes abortion. He writes songs, Little Innocents and The Secret being well known among them, driven by that position. I disagree fundamentally with him. But my support for women's rights on abortion is not quite so strong as my belief in free speech. Colin Randall July 23, 2007

In Lynda he upholds the value of every life and tells the story of a woman who refused to let her disabled son be one of the babies whose lives are ended because of disability - including 90% of all babies with Down's Syndrome. In Dish of Glass he also challenges laws that have allowed destructive experiments on millions of British human embryos. Independent Catholic News 2018


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 26 Jun 22 - 03:14 PM

"Act of Love" by Neil Young (featuring Pearl Jam) (1995)

A song about abortion that Young was inspired to record with Pearl Jam after playing it live with the band at a Voters for Choice benefit concert.[10][11] Young commented on the song thusly: "See, personally, I'm pro-choice. But the song isn't! This isn't an easy subject to confront head-on. People who say that human beings shouldn't have the right to dismiss a human life - they have a point. You can't dismiss that point. But then there's the reality. There's idealism and reality, the two have got to come together yet there are always major problems when they do."

See Wikipedia; List of songs about abortion


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Daniel Kelly
Date: 27 Jun 22 - 03:34 AM

Tam lin.


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,IS
Date: 27 Jun 22 - 04:38 AM

I always thought that the Fugazi song 'Reclamation' might be about abortion.

"These are our demands/We want control of our bodies/Decisions will now be ours"


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 Jun 22 - 04:41 AM

List of songs about abortion from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_about_abortion


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 28 Jun 22 - 10:10 PM

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
1977 Virgin/Warner Brothers,

Song Title - "Bodies"
Vocals - Johnny Rotten
Lyrics - Lydon John, Cook Paul Thomas, Jones Stephen Philip, Beverley John Simon

She was a girl from Birmingham
She just had an abortion
She was case of insanity
Her name was Pauline, she lived in a tree

She was a no one who killed her baby
She sent her letters from the country
She was an animal
She was a bloody disgrace

Body! I'm not an animal
Body! I'm not an animal

Dragged on a table in factory
Illegitimate place to be
In a packet in a lavatory
Die little baby screaming
Body screaming fucking bloody mess
Not an animal
It's an abortion

Body! I'm not animal
Mummy! I'm not an abortion

[Spoken]
Throbbing squirm,
gurgling bloody mess
I'm not a discharge
I'm not a loss in protein
I'm not a throbbing squirm

Fuck this and fuck that
Fuck it all and fuck a fucking brat
She don't wanna baby that looks like that
I don't wanna baby that looks like that
Body, I'm not an animal
Body, an abortion

Body! I'm not an animal
Body! I'm not an animal
An animal
I'm not an animal.....
I'm not an abortion.....

Mummy! UGH!








Sincerely,
Gargoyle

There is plenty of room at the table and always room for one more.


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jul 22 - 03:44 AM

Backyard Abortion Waltz by Australian singer Judy Small.


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 01 Jul 22 - 09:05 AM

Mention, honorable or otherwise, to
the lyric by Lana Day Bogan for
"Unborn Child"
set to music by Jim Seals,
sung by Seals & Crofts.

Some say this lyric, with its Baha'i pro-life orientation,
brought down the duo's career altogether.


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 22 - 09:45 AM

The Magdalene Laundries - Joni Mitchell


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Jul 22 - 10:26 AM

The thread would hardly be complete without the rugby song:
And yes, I know there's already a version in the database.

My God How The Money Rolls In
(to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean")

CHORUS:
Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in, rolls in,
Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in.

My father makes book on the corner,
My mother makes illicit gin,
My sister sells kisses to sailors,
My God how the money rolls in.

My cousin's a Harley Street surgeon,
With instruments long, sharp, and thin,
He only does one operation,

My God how the money rolls in.

My sister's a barmaid in Sydney,
For a shilling she strips to the skin,
She's stripping from morning to midnight,
My God how the money rolls in.

My brother's a slum missionary,
He saves fallen women from sin,
He'll save you a blonde for a guinea,
My God how the money rolls in.

My mother's a bawdy house keeper,
Every night when the evening grows dim,
She hangs out a little red lantern,
My God how the money rolls in.

My grandad sells cheap prophylactics,
And punctures them all with a pin,
For grandma gets rich from abortions,

My God How the money rolls in.

I've lost all me cash on the horses,
I'm sick from the illicit gin,
I'm falling in love with my father,
My God what a mess I'm in.


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 22 - 11:31 AM

“Driving With The Brakes On” - Del Amitri?


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jul 22 - 03:50 PM

Trinidadian? Maybe? Raggae tune called Wanted Children

Almost every murder ballad where boy kills girl
Almost every ballad where girl kills self out of love of boy


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Neil D
Date: 06 Jul 22 - 02:18 AM


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Neil D
Date: 06 Jul 22 - 02:19 AM

The Well Below the Valley


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 07:54 AM

I am thinking of a parody

I do not like this pregnancy
I want the fetus out of me!
Would you, could you, in a boat?
Yes I would have one on a boat
It isn't up to some old goat
If my doc says I can abort
I'll sail far from a US port!
I do not want this pregnancy
Yes, take this fetus out of me!


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Subject: RE: Songs about abortion, or lack thereof?
From: Pete from seven stars link
Date: 15 Jul 22 - 04:23 PM

I’m curious about twelve minutes to midnight by iron maiden with the repeated line ‘ to kill the unborn in the womb ‘       Then there’s a song by gospel artist Julie Miller , with the line in the chorus “ a dangerous place to be , a mothers womb , is a dangerous place to be ‘


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Subject: ADD: Rap: Honey You Got No Right
From: GUEST,vorblesnak
Date: 15 Jul 22 - 11:17 PM

It's rough and more of a rap than a lyric but you can put what you want behind it for impact. Mel Brooks did a rap on Hitler that you can find on you tube and that comes to mind as an example. Use it as you like.

Honey You Got No Right

There's a Greek facade up on the hill
Where the jurists met, they meet there still
They heard the tale the religious right
Spoilin still that long lost fight
Is a woman free or simply chattel
A rich man toy just snuggle cattle
Does she own her body or does she not
Honey, you got no right

It's a simple tumor made by two
The reality dawn from that midnight screw
You can treat the drip, or cure the clap
But you flush that lump, that's a felony rap
That lattice made law back in eighty nine
That list the rights that it defines
Is a woman's body her soul possession?
Honey, you got no right

Don't talk to me about nine tenths law
You ain't in the list, you don't own it at all
He takes a screw with no repentance
Just try and abort, you get a life sentence
The old constitution just talks about men
They lined it out again and again
What a man can do and what he can't
But honey, you got no right


    In general, we expect people to post things only once. You posted this same song in another thread, so I deleted that.
    If you're posting several songs by the same author, it's a good idea to post them together in one thread, like you did here (click). Thanks.
    -Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-


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