The Right to Vote Lyrics - Laura Nyro

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Thank you sirs for the right to vote
Bet you didn't know I had a voice in my throat
Now let's see should I vote for "A" or "B"
"A" talks a lot
But not to me
"B" wants war
Kill or flunk
Forget the vote - I'll just go out and get drunk

They say a woman's place
Is to wait and serve
Under the veil
Submissive and dear
But I think my place
Is in a ship from space
To carry me
The hell out of here

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Patriarchal great religions
Full of angels
Forgiving and fair
While they push the buttons and blow up the place
Might as well
Make room for a worthier race

They say a woman's place
Is to wait and serve
Under the veil
Submissive and dear
But I think my place
Is in a ship from space
To carry me
The hell out of here

All the colours in a race riot
In the land of the free
All the women are on a diet
I'm hungry
Are you hungry
I'm hungry
So hungry
For peace and quiet

Thank you sirs for the right to vote
The microwave
And the old mink coat
Now let's see should I vote for "A" or "B"
"A" talks a lot
But not to me
"B" wants war
Kill or flunk
Forget the vote - I'll just go out and get drunk

They say a woman's place

A woman's place






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Strident, maybe, but funny and seem to look at another side | Reviewer: mianfeinàn | 1/17/2007

The second song on her 1984 album "Mother's Spiritual", this is the most stridently feminist song in her canon. The whole song is a fantasy - almost - of an escape from what she sees, in the manner of Elizabeth Gould Davis' "The First Sex", as the constricting nature of patriarchy. She sees that merely giving women the vote is not going to liberate them and that only when they are freed from the judgmental viewpoints of patriarchal religion can women become truly liberated.

Yet, Laura fails to succumb to the trap of becoming aggressive and violent in her tone. In the second verse, in particular, she sings "Patriarchal great religions/Full of angels/Forgiving and fair" critics would no doubt say Nyro really does knows how egocentric the views she puts forward are and that the utopia put forward in "The First Sex" etc. really could not exist.

Musically, this song has the closest links to Nyro's pre-"Smile" work of any song on "Spiritual", owing to its funky bassline and prominent piano. In places it is very reminiscent of a stripped-down, slowed-down version of very early ("First Songs") Nyro - though with usefully less thin production.

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