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Talkin Gender Neutral Blues

Kristin Lems
words and music by Kristin Lems c 2005


This talkin blues (or is it a pre-rap?) is in the Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, and Bob Dylan tradition....musing aloud to a chord progression. The song is printed in the "Feminist Dictionary" and some other places.


1. I was walkin down the street one day

Reading the signs that passed my way

And after a while I started to see

That none of those words referred to me...

Good will towards men, all men are created equal, Praise Him!

2. Well I asked some friends if they agreed

That they felt left out in the things they read

They told me yes, and added some more

And soon we all felt pretty sore

You got your Congressman, spaceman, sideman.... But I never heard a no house husband!

3. Well some men came by and a fight began to grow:

“You girls are so dumb you just don’t know,

These here are called “generic words”

They’re meant to include both the bees and the birds.

”Well gee fellas, how am I supposed to know?

I certainly don’t feel included!

4. Ok said I, if that’s so true,

I’ll just use “woman” to cover the two

"It don’t make a difference to us,” they said

“If you wanna use woman, go right ahead.”

I said, thanks, that’s really sisterly of you

Glad to see you believe in sportswomanship!

5. “Now hold your horses,” they started to cry.

I think I’ll hold my mares, said I.

“You’re leavin all of us guys behind.”

Why no, we’re all part of womankind.

So don’t fret friends, take it like a woman!

You’ll get used to it, just like we all did!

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