The song brought out the idea that we are facing the challenge of understanding each other. IN Strange things, the song was used as a favorite to keep the evil beasts away. In movies and movies, it’s easy to see where evil things exist: they exist in The Upside Down or Hell, or elsewhere. They do not often exist as normal neighbors. I guess that’s why all these years later there are a few Alfred Hitchcock films that stay with me because of just that factor: it was a neighbor with whom something just seemed wrong.
When you look at the current American experience, especially this week with the ongoing investigations in January. 6 commission, it is easy to see how the problems among us are not demons with lush eyes, superpowers that we see in many movies on the screen. Instead, the real threat to us is often far more personal, direct, and imminent.
Kate Bush was not the only singer and songwriter to deal with this type of topic.
In 1972, Loretta Lynn recorded “The Pill”, a controversial song that would not be released for another three years – after the passage of Roe v. Wade. The song focuses on a woman who is unhappy that she is pregnant year after year and finally has the ability to control her reproductive rights. Lynn herself had six children – four before she turned 20 – and the song, in which she had a reputation as a writer, seemed to reflect her experience.
Many country stations refused to release it, but the song itself was still popular and later did not hurt her career, as she followed it with successful albums and film credits.
When Dolly Parton wrote Down From Dover, she took on a rather difficult subject. A young woman discovers she is pregnant, but her boyfriend is not around. She waits, trying to cover up the pregnancy, hoping her boyfriend will come home before she is found. He doesn’t, and when she’s found out, her family throws her out of their lives.
My people did not understand when they found out that they had sent me away from home
My father said that if people found out, he would be ashamed to ever show his face
My mother told me I was a fool, she didn’t believe me when I told her
One of the biggest problems we face in the debate on women’s reproductive rights is that there are no deviations. Parton’s texts discuss women who are shunned and banished, ridiculed by their own families. Will abortion solve this problem or make it worse? Given the outright attack on sex education in the United States, it is quite clear to me that the only answer for some is no answer, unless that response is an attack on women.
We have a long way to go until November. In so many ways, we are trying to maintain this energy in the face of the pressure of the republican desire to close hope.
We “run on this hill?” Or can we run down to success?