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Friday, September 14, 2012

Guilt Sells

I've been studying pretty hard for some tests coming up next week.  Gotta keep my good grades, ya know?  And what's a study session without good music?  My ear candy of choice:  Pandora's 90s Alternative, tailored to my personal taste of course.  So as I go over what brain structures do what functions, a song catches my ear (thank you, cerebral cortex?)  I was listening to "What It's Like" by Everlast, and this verse really stuck out to me: 

"Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom that said he was in love.
He said, "Don't worry about a thing, baby doll.
I'm the man you've been dreaming of."
But 3 months later he says he won't date her or return her calls.
And she swears, "God damn, if I find that man I'm cuttin' off his balls."
And then she heads for the clinic, and
She gets some static walking through the door.
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner,
And they call her a whore.
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
'Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to choose"

I shot Alexandra a message about it, and she informed me that she had a favorite abortion song too.  Hers happens to be "Red Ragtop" by Tim McGraw.  Then I tried to think of all the songs I knew that mentioned abortion.  I have to admit, it was a very short list, and some of the songs on it were just me grasping at straws.  I thought to myself, "Surely there are more songs out there than this.  If 1 out of 4 women have had or will have had an abortion before they die, there has to be more abortion inspired lyrics than this!" 

I was stumped; so, I did what I always what I do when I am stumped; I consulted Dr. Google.  Oh, how I love technology!  I was able to make a very long list of songs that are about or can be interpreted to pertain to abortion.  My, oh my, I wonder why most of these songs aren't on the Weekly Top Forty.  Why is it that the ones that did make it to the top charts go unnoticed by their listeners?  Why are the majority of the songs written from a pro-life perspective?  Why do the artists that recorded these anti-choice songs come out in interviews saying that they don't agree with the lyrics?  My guess:  guilt sells.

I have to admit, there are a lot of songs on this list that I have not heard, and as a curious by nature woman, I'd like to have my questions surrounding the media's stance on abortion answered.  I plan on listening to and reviewing all the songs on my list and trying to find the things that inspired the artist to write them.  And for our reader's entertainment, I shall post my findings on here for you all to see.  It's going to take a while and probably several blogs to work for through the list, but I am pretty dedicated to this, and I hope you will bear with me.  Please understand that the majority of music out here supports pro-life points of view, and don't be surprised if I have blogs where the choice perspective isn't represented.  I only have what the world gives me.

Also, I would love to here from the readers.  Please feel free to discuss my opinions.  Maybe you get something totally different from the lyrics or see something I've failed to point out.  I am also okay with doing requests.  Comment with a song for me to review, and I will bump it up to the top of the list.  Look forward to my first collection of songs tomorrow! 

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