Shut Up, Men Are Talking

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I read this great article by Mary Beard:

www.lrb.co.uk/2014/02/14/mary-beard/the-public-voice-of-women

...and this fell out.

If you're tempted to tell me this is too angry and it'll just make men who are potential allies feel hostile, you can keep it to yourself. If you're not one of the shouters, great, here's a damn cookie, now stop and think about how you can make space at the table you were born with a chair at.

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Penelope:
My husband's been gone for a decade and counting D  G  A
This asshole sings to me "He's probably dead" D  G  A
And I've tried to be patient, but fuck all these suitors D  G  A
"Hey music boy, sing something cheerful instead!" D  A  D

Then you, darling son, who I've raised up to manhood Bm  D
From the wee child who would pee in the bed G  A
Said "Mother, go back to your loom and your distaff" Bm  D
Go weave, little woman, don't worry your head D  A  D

For men are here talking G  D
Your voice isn't welcome A  D
I'm sure that you women could not understand G  Bm  -  G
We'll explain it all later  G  D
If we're not too busy A  Bm
Go back to your weaving!  Sincerely, a man. D  A   D


Echo:
Narcissus, you with your love of reflections D  G  A
Might actually love me just as I am now D  G  A
I'm waving my arms but you don't seem to notice D  G  A
And I can't call out; that has been disallowed D  A  D

See, Hera's sweet husband Zeus likes to go raping Bm D
But somehow it's my fault for talking too loud? G  A
So my voice has been stolen; all I have are Echoes Bm D
Like Io, I have been effectively cowed D  A  D

Men are here talking G  D
Your voice isn't welcome A  D
I'm sure that you women could not understand G  Bm   G
We'll explain it all later G  D
If we're not too busy A  Bm
Why don't you take notes, dear?  Sincerely, a man. D  A  D

It's not Ancient Greece, and I'm no nymph or goddess D  G  A
I'm real and I'm tired of quiet and nice D  G  A
But men saying "Shut up" aren't mythical either D  G  A
They have been with us always, like bedbugs and lice D  A  D

Women who speak up have always been silenced Bm D
And always we're paying the same stupid price G  A
We can say the same words with our mouths as a man can Bm D
But men won't be shouted down for their advice D  A  D

Bridge:
My stomach and heart aren't a king's; they're a woman's Bm D
They're stronger than any man's I've ever met G A
They have to be, for when my speaking is over Bm D
There's going to be booing and hissing and threats G A
It's not a man's nature I've borrowed to speak here D  G  A
But men, what I would like to borrow's your ears D  A  D

Because women are talking G  D
And fuck being welcome A  D
And fuck your explaining our lives to us dears G Bm  G
We're sick of your death threats G  D
And "We're Not All Like That"s A  Bm
Make space at the table and open your ears D  A  D
Make space at the table and open your ears D  A  D

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from Weirdness from 2014, track released February 16, 2014

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Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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