Sunday, October 19, 2014

SoNG: Warrior Woman

Recorded at PeHP GatherSing, Sept. 13, 2008, Ithaca, NY.

Warrior Woman
Written by hershe, Average Dyke Band, 1986

"I wrote this song at the Peace Camp in 1986. It was inspired by listening to Estelle Coleman and Linci Comy talk about their lives."     ~ hershe 

I get caught up in the hardness of it all, 
the anger swirling 'round.
But in this moment the softness overwhelms, 
let's gather close and circle 'round.
Warrior woman, I'm born of your life, 
The trails that you blaze and the battles that you fight.
Rest your eyes now, lay your armor down.

The battle lines had yet to be drawn, 
the enemy yet to be named.
As you struggled in the wilderness alone, 
awakening to your marriage with pain.
Warrior woman, I'm born of your life, 
the trails that you blaze and the battles that you fight.
Because of you my wounds don't run as deep.

How could you know that the rage you were feeling 
was so righteous, so perfectly true.
Tears of anguish, your head against the wall
they took it all and left nothing for you.
Warrior woman, I'm born of your life, 
the trails that you blaze and the battles that you fight.
How I mourn the price you had to pay.

I want to take you in my arms, take you away.
We'll find a  place where we don't have to feel the pain.


     * The Average Dyke Band (ADB) sprang up at the Peace Camp in the summer of 1985.  The theory we put into action was that songs, singing and musical instrumentation were not the domain of an exclusive, talented few. We had found that far too many women fell silent musically because somewhere along the way they were told they didn't have a good voice, couldn't carry a tune, couldn't keep a beat. The ADB, then, was the musical counterpart to the Camp's consensus process philosophy and practice - every woman's voice would be heard. We were inclusive, we were average, and we had a damn good time.

No comments:

Post a Comment