Equality Road - double CD

How Nice

03:54
Kristin Lems
1999-07-15
words/music Kristin Lems c 1979, 2007 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

Story

Written in 1979, it may be the first song calling for marriage equality - at least, it is surely one of the first! The song has been sung and recorded by many others, including Katzberg and Snyder, Pilshaw and Sklamberg, and in the March of Washington video from 1993 featuring the large public ceremony of commitment by many gay couples.  Since the marriage equality movement has grown, requests to sing and air this song have grown a lot.

 

Lyrics

How nice!  a tender untried feeling

is growing in his heart when he sees his lover's glances.

How nice! she finds him quite appealing

but holds herself apart, still prefers not to take chances

He finds her name in poetry, she finds him on TV

They cast themselves as famous lovers back through history

But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

Who would be their famous lovers then?

2.  How nice! they're starting to go steady

He calls her everyday, and they're going out together

How nice! their parents think they're ready

It would happen anyway - you can't hold them back forever!

He's proud of her intelligence, she's proud of his physique

They're proud to be in public, at the prom, they're cheek to cheek

But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

Where could they dance together then? 

3.  How nice! they're feeling so romantic!

They're kissing on the street, they see no one but each other.

How nice! no reason to get frantic

It's really pure and sweet - they look like sister and brother.

They stand in lines for movies and they hold each other tight

Go out with other couples, hand and hand under the lights

But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

Where could they show affection then?

4.  How nice! they're going to be married!

Their parents were so worried that there wouldn't be a wedding!

How nice! traditions have been carried

Now the family's in a flurry - oh, it's such a happy ending!

With rings and vows and showers they will certify their love

With presents from the relatives and blessing from above

But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

Who would congratulate them then?

How nice! How nice! How.....nice.

 

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