Ani DiFranco Amendment Lyrics

¿Which Side Are You On? Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Life Boat
  • 2 Unworry
  • 3 ¿Which Side Are You On?
  • 4 Splinter
  • 5 Promiscuity
  • 6 Albacore
  • 7 J
  • 8 If Yr Not
  • 9 Hearse
  • 10 Mariachi
  • 11 Amendment
  • 12 Zoo
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if
    We had an amendment
    To give civil rights to women
    To once and for all just
    Really lay it down from
    The point of view of women

    I know what you’re thinking
    That’s just redundant
    Chicks got it good now
    They can almost be president
    But it's worker against worker
    Time and time again
    Cause the rich use certain issues as a tool
    When I say we need the E.R.A ain’t cause I’m a fool
    It’s cause without it nobody can get away
    With anything cruel

    And you don’t need to go far like
    Just over to Canada
    To feel the height and sense of
    Live and let live
    What is it about Americans
    Like so many pit-bulls
    Trained to attack them
    To never give

    We gotta put down abortion
    Put it down in the books for good
    As central to the civil rights
    Of women
    Make diversity legal
    Make it finally understood
    Through the civil rights of women

    And if you don’t like abortion
    Don’t have an abortion
    And teach your children
    How they can avoid them
    But don’t treat all women
    Like they are your children
    Compassion has many faces
    Many names
    And if men can kill and be decorated
    Instead of blamed
    Then a woman called upon to mother
    Can choose to refrain

    And contrary to eons
    Of old time religion
    Your body is your only
    True dominion
    Nature is not here to serve you
    Or at any cause to preserve you
    That’s just some preacher man’s
    Old time opinion

    Life is sacred
    Life is also profane
    A woman’s life
    It must be hers to name
    Let out an amendment
    Put this brutal game to rest
    Trust, women will still take you
    To their breast
    Trust, women will always
    Do their best
    Trust, our differences make us stronger
    Not less

    In this amendment shall be
    Family structure shall be free
    We’ll have the right to civil our unions
    With equal rights and
    Equal protection
    Intolerance finally

    And then there’s the kids rights
    They’ll naturally be on board
    The funnel through which
    Women’s lives are poured
    Our family is so big
    And we’re all so very small
    Let a web of relationship
    Be laid over it all

    Over the strutter of power piled up to the sky
    Over the illusion of autonomy on which it relies
    Over any absolute that nature does not supply

    And the birthing woman shall regain her place
    In a circle of women, in a sacred space
    Turn off the machines, put away the knifes
    This amendment shall deliver from bondage midwives

    Written by: Ani Di Franco

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