02 March 2012

March is Women's History Month, thanks Loretta.

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The bill was defeated-this time, but it will resurface attached to some other bill no doubt.


I've always loved this song-and I've always loved Loretta. 
In light of today's Senate insult-nothing could be more appropriate than to reinstate the 1975 song The Pill.  Maybe a new anthem for Women (that VOTE), Yes WE got that too, remember?

The Pill was written by Don McHan ,T. D. Bayless and Lorene Allen. Lorene was none other than Loretta-who at the time was under an exclusive publishing contract- so she helped ghost write the song as Lorene-adding the last lines. Don McHan-a friend of my brother's who also collaborated  with him on songs, died in 2003-shared stories of the protests the song  caused-radio stations banned it, churches disavowed it- a firestorm. McHan it should also be noted was an ordained minister. While most country music stations banded the song from the airways all together- other stations played it religiously, Loretta's non-stop string of #1 Hits was broken with The Pill because of the bans in 1975-but perhaps it's time has come again.

In The Pill-the little woman of the house is fed up with becoming pregnant every year-and because of the pill she finally has Choice.  It stands to reason that Loretta would be the one to tell it like it WAS-
and still IS.



You wined me and dined me when I was your girl
Promised if I`d be your wife you`d show me the world
But all I`ve seen of this old world is a bed and a doctor bill
I`m tearing down your brooder house `cause now I`ve got the pill

All these years I`ve stayed at home while you had all your fun
And every year that`s gone by another baby`s come
There`s gonna be some changes made right here on Nursery Hill
You`ve set this chicken your last time `cause now I`ve got the pill

This old maternity dress I`ve got is going in the garbage
The clothes I`m wearing from now on won`t take up so much yardage
Miniskirts hotpants and a few little fancy frills
Yeah I`m making up for all those years since I`ve got the pill

I`m tired of all your crowing how you and your hens play
While holding a couple in my arms another`s on the way
This chicken`s done tore up her nest and I`m ready to make a deal
And you can`t afford to turn it down `cause you know I`ve got the pill

This incubator is overused because you`ve kept it filled
The feeling good comes easy now since I`ve got the pill
It`s getting dark it`s roosting time tonight`s too good to be real
Aw but Daddy don`t you worry none `cause Mama`s got the pill
Oh Daddy don`t you worry none `cause Mama`s got the pill


Women's History Month here

5 comments:

  1. Solid history, utterly to the point.

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  2. I love men. However, one of these days women, who by the way are 55% of voters, are going to get tired of a few crabby, fearful guys trying to beat us, barefoot and pregnant, back to into the stone-age. Enough with the control issues already, we're not chattel anymore. I am constantly amazed at how women are expected to look sexy at all times, but not actually HAVE sex. If we have sex with who we want we're called sluts, if we don't put out, we're called frigid. We are expected to starve ourselves into emaciated stick figures, but still have enormous breasts. We must be fit and athletic, but wear 4-inch heels so we can't move. We are expected to dutifully carry, give birth to, and raise any number of children, but not complain when they are sent off to die in some stupid war. Women are the grace and light and hope of the world, we need to start using our vote, and our influence to move the world in a kinder, freer, safer, more environmentally responsible direction.

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  3. I was directed over to your blog via a link on another favorite blog and stumbled upon this post. Well said! And why isn't the Blunt Amendment getting more press? For all the great strides women have made over the years, there are still such double standards (see Jennings and Gates) and nervy (and repulsive) male politicians who feel they have the authority to suggest such legislation, under the guise of 'morals' and 'religion'. Here's the scariest part to me: the bill was killed, but only by a vote of 51 to 48.

    On to make 'The Pill' number one on ITunes!

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