Saturday, December 5, 2009

Words You Don't Often Hear in Songs

Words You Don't Often Hear in Songs

If you are old enough, you remember when Helen Reddy recorded "I Am Woman." If you were a mushy-brained liberal in your youth (as I was, to some extent), it was a powerful anthem about the importance of getting beyond sexism. I heard "I Am Woman" yesterday afternoon, and I was struck by how incredibly self-important it sounds now (perhaps because there's no longer any question about this)--and then I found myself saying, "Did she just rhyme 'embryo' with 'go'?" Sure enough?

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

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